‘Pro-Life’ Evangelicals Demanded Trump Reopen Churches in May, COVID-19 Deaths Went Up in June — As Predicted by Science
President Donald Trump and evangelical leaders demanded that churches be allowed to reopen at the end of May despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other scientists that COVID-19 cases would go up.
Some 3,000 churches, which represent 2.5 million members, are part of an organization called Church United, which attacked California Governor Gavin Newsom, and even called him a “dictator” for not reopening churches.
The Washington Post reported that on May 22 how the Trump administration battled with the CDC to get those churches open:
[White House officials have battled with CDC aides for weeks over the guidance. Objections came from Vice President Pence’s office, the domestic policy council and other members on the president’s coronavirus task force.
In private conversations, White House officials have told religious allies that the CDC document is only a guideline, suggesting that church leaders would have the president’s blessing if they bent the rules.
POLITICO also reported on May 22 how evangelical leaders demanded Trump reopen churches despite the danger:
To safeguard his relationship with religious conservatives, Trump on Friday demanded that America‘s governors permit houses of worship to immediately reopen, and threatened to “override“ state leaders who decline to obey his directive. The announcement — which came days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention omitted religious institutions in new guidance about industry reopenings — featured clear appeals to white evangelicals, many of whom have long supported Trump’s socially conservative agenda.