President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he can force governors to reopen churches in their states while COVID-19 deaths surge and cases of churchgoers dying from the coronavirus increase (MORE VIDEO BELOW):
The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now. For this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors.
However, Axios notes the “federal government does not have the power to implement nationwide measures to move toward a reopening.”
Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches … it’s not right. So I am correcting this injustice and am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches and places of worship to open right now.
TRUMP: "Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches … it's not right. So I am correcting this injustice & am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches & places of worship to open right now" pic.twitter.com/e0VU8XeLEm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
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