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Trump Threatens Governors, Places of Worship Are Essential, Open This Weekend or I’ll Override You

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President Trump just threatened the nation’s Governors, either open houses of worship this weekend or I’ll override you.

“Pres Trump announces he’s designating all Houses of Worship as places that provide “essential services” and calls on all Governors to allow them to open now. “If they don’t do it, I will override the Governors,” says the president in brief statement. Takes no questions.”

This of course has enraged Democrats and their media allies.

Via The New York Times:

President Trump stepped into the culture wars again on Friday, taking the side of some religious leaders against governors who have moved slowly in reopening houses of worship amid the pandemic.

Without any clear authority to do so, he said that he was calling houses of faith, including churches, synagogues, and mosques, “essential services” and urged governors to reopen them “right now.”

“Today I am identifying houses of worship – churches, synagogue and mosques – as essential places that provide essential services,” Mr. Trump said at a hastily scheduled briefing at the White House on Friday. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right.”

It was not immediately clear what powers the president was claiming.“I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now,” he said. “If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me but they’re not going to be successful in that call.”

What the writers and editors at the New York Times seem to miss, or just overlook, is a little thing called the First Amendment.

Governors cannot treat houses of worship differently than other secular businesses even during a pandemic.

They can require that houses of worship take the same precautions as required of secular businesses in terms of building capacity, social distancing, etc but cannot treat churches, synagogues and mosques differently from say Walmart.

Should Governors resist and keep churches closed, or have different rules, then those governors will be getting a call from the Attorney General.

That’s the power that Trump was referring to, that the New York Times seems not to be aware of.

My guess is that the vast majority of governors will immediately comply. With maybe a couple exceptions, Whitmer, Newsom, Inslee, Cuomo to name a few.

via thefederalistpapers

54 Comments

  1. Gerald Ladd May 23, 2020

    without authority? Ever heard of the constitution?

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    1. Phil May 23, 2020

      Evidently a lot of these governors have never heard of the Constitution either. What are you, a commie.

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      1. Bo May 23, 2020

        No a person who cares about the lives of other people your dumb ass president doesn’t his only care is his re-election

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        1. k roehrig May 23, 2020

          ok so lives of newborns doesn’t matter? Trump 2020!!!

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        2. Orestes Robles May 23, 2020

          The Democrat only care about November elections. And they are working only for that. But we have a Real President.

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          1. Mike May 24, 2020

            A real president? What a joke.Trump is and always has been a con-man and a fraud!
            a guy who falsly claims to be a Christian,just to get your votes!What kind of true Christian cheats on every wife he ever had,steals money from a kids cancer fund,and goes to play golf instead of going to church on Sundays?

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  2. Randy May 23, 2020

    I don’t know why some of these governors think selling alcohol and killing babies are more important than worshiping God someday they will have to answer for it

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    1. Glenda Burleson May 23, 2020

      Absolutely!!!!! Those governors will NEVER be in favor of our Constitution. They only believe their “own” words & I pray they pay a steep price for it at election time!!

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    2. Bo May 23, 2020

      And so will trump for the death of thousands of people because of his selfishness

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      1. Liz Whelan May 23, 2020

        I totally agree with you. Trump doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Stay Safe & Be Strong.

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        1. Highplainsdrifter May 24, 2020

          With what. I keep hearing those words but answer me this, stay safe from what? Stay strong from what? This article is all about who has the right given to them by our creator to tell us what we can and cannot do? If, that is if you read and know the constitution it was given to our leaders to do with wisely. You say Trump is selfish, ok, prove it. I can point to you where Democratic governor’s were so pissed at Trump for unlocking the country, as they all wanted to begin martial law. Think that’s crazy, look at Hitler’s playbook. If you know his history, he believed in taking everyone’s rights away, in such small encremints that his people didn’t realize it till it was too late. That’s the Democratic leaderships playbook. Straight from Satan’s helper himself. Don’t believe me, that’s ok. You don’t believe history either. Anyway long story short, why aren’t you all bitching about the economy going? Or are you all so lazy you don’t want to go back to work. This is about religion. Part of the constitution. Where you bitching about religion before covid or is this just something else to gripe about.?

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          1. Bo May 24, 2020

            You fool thats exactly what trump and his administration are trying to do

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          2. Mike May 24, 2020

            One example of Trump being selfish: repeatedly going to play golf in February and March when this pandemic was spreading,instead of being in the White house,being the leader he was supposed to be.Another example: Trump cheating on every wife he had.Does the name Stormy Daniels ring a bell?What kind of Christian cheats on his spouse?What does the Bible say about Adultery and fornication?How about all the people he scammed out of money with his “Trump University”???What about when Trump built his Taj Mahal casino,claimed bankruptcy and never paid those contractors all the money he owed them??Just walked away with no concience!!Trump is a con-man and a liar…always has been,always will be.IF YOU READ,WHY DONT YOU DO SOME RESEARCH ON THIS NARCISSISCT P.O.S BEFORE YOU GO DEFENDING HIM AND MAKING YOURSELF LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT CULT MEMBER.BETTER YET,WHY DONT YOU FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF YOUR ORANGE FACED LEADER AND GO INJECT YOURSELF WITH SOME DISINFECTANT SO YOU DONT GET VIRUS…THE WORLD NEEDS LESS IDIOTS!

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      2. Highplainsdrifter May 24, 2020

        Prove it and I’ll prove it was the Democrats fault for wasting time with a fake ass impeachment, that kept the president from doing his job. If you have been really paying attention, china knew about this bug in April 2019, kept theirs and who’s mouth shut til too late. So even though you won’t because you are a cioward, put the blame squarely where it goes the House of illrepute of Representatives. If you want to find fault in deaths blame them. It’s their fault, yesterday, today, and forever.

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        1. Bo May 24, 2020

          Trump was the president in April 2019 he gets all information first you just proved it was trumps fault. Finally someone tells the truth

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  3. Pat May 23, 2020

    DemoCraps have shoved the Constitution aside. Give the DemoCraps HELL********* They want to be dictators & be a total power house. Sue there asses. Get rid of the DemoCraps which they think they are gods. See who wins.

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    1. Bo May 23, 2020

      We need to get rid of ass holes like you

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      1. Joe May 23, 2020

        I have read many of your comments and have come to the conclusion that you are the biggest asshole here. So don’t call anybody that until you look in the bathroom mirror, you silly ass wipe.

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  4. Rick May 23, 2020

    Could it be that we can now classify the Governor’s as the biblical wild beast standing in a place it should not stand? Again Trump triumphs as a friend of the common man in America by upholding our constitutional God given rights.

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    1. jrhunt May 23, 2020

      Rick,You are not far off of the right track,false Government and false religion is part of the beast system,and it is world wide,but church goers and Christians have this one thing working against them,they think that Yahweh will give them protection just because they are Christian and attend these churches,I’m all for opening up the country including churches if that is your thing,but it won’t save you or them from getting sick or dying,the mark of this beast system is will you obey Yahweh or will you obey man and his dictates,we have as believers a covenant to keep and uphold,keeping Yahweh ever lasting covenant involves obeying its laws and commandments,as a matter of fact the covenant is the Commandments written on the heart and mind,Hebrews 8:10-12,until believers learn what it is and comply with its demands they will have no access to Yahweh and their prayers will not be heard Psalms 66:18,and proverbs 28:9,so these churches are instruments of iniquity or lawlessness,they are missing a golden opportunity to develop a sound relationship with their creator with out the trappings of false religion,never look to politician or a preachers for your spiritual guidance Yahweh requires that we come before him one on one and not through any religious system,church or pastor,make no mistake about it,if we refuse to obey our creator we will have no access to him,this why persecution come to Yeshua’s followers,we bring it on ourselves by our disobedience and ignorance of his word.

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    2. Bo May 23, 2020

      You are so full of shit

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  5. Crazy Elf May 23, 2020

    Here’s something else the biased New York Times is not aware of:
    “The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution of the United States (Article VI, Clause 2), establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the “supreme Law of the Land”, and thus take priority over any conflicting state laws.”
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki
    Supremacy Clause – Wikipedia”
    I’m pretty sure this covers it!

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    1. Crazy Elf May 23, 2020

      P.S.
      In reality, President Trump could deem liquor stores and abortion clinics (unless it’s deemed to save the mom’s life) NON-ESSENTIAL and close them under the “Supremacy Clause”!

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      1. Jane May 23, 2020

        Now that would be funny. Close all theiquer and pot stores and say the ccx state legislators are not essential and can not meet until the crisis is over. And no pay for teachers or school administrators

        I net this crisis would end tomorrow.

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      2. E. Reilly May 23, 2020

        Why would he, when he gives Governors the rope they need to hang themselves? Governors are responsible for the mess we’re in. It is completely constitutional for the President to be hands off on these situations and let states rule themselves. It’s as it should be.

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        1. Bo May 23, 2020

          Governors are trying to keep people from getting the virus and possibly dying. Trump doesn’t care who gets sick or dies as long as he is re-elected

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          1. Yeah! This Just May Be The Day! Cuomo Is A Fucking Asshole!

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          2. Bo May 23, 2020

            cuomo is 10 times the man that trump is and 20 times the politician cuomo should’ve been the president and we would have a lot less sick and dead

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  6. Tom Ryan May 23, 2020

    NO AUTHORITY?? The Constitution give him the authority to make this ruling as he has sworn to protect and preserve the Constitution.

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    1. Bo May 23, 2020

      How many times has trump shit on the constitution in the last 3 1/2 years. To many to count

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  7. Dianna May 23, 2020

    Thanks , President Trump, these Governors need to be held responsible for their actions.

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  8. henry alcorn May 23, 2020

    you voters need to remind them at there next election. they can be replaced.

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    1. Bo May 23, 2020

      So can trump

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      1. Yeah? Trump Better NOT LOSE!

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  9. Eleonora May 23, 2020

    Churches should be open Period!

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    1. Bo May 23, 2020

      Yes so more people can die

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      1. IF CHURCHS DON’T OPEN UP GOD WILL KILL PEOPLE! & CUOMO NEEDS ITS FACE KICKED IN! & BLOSI TOO! ALSO, WHY DO CUOMO & BLOSI HAVE FACES?

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        1. Bo May 23, 2020

          You say if church’s don’t reopen god will kill people. For what for protecting their families and trying not to spread the virus you must be a total IDIOT

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  10. Jim Vasbinder May 23, 2020

    All I can say is screw commie donnie t-Rump

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    1. Patricia May 23, 2020

      Well if you want to live in communism, then go ahead! We who love our freedom say the same things you said. SCREW THESE NAZI DICTATATORS! God bless DONALD J TRUMP!

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      1. Phil May 23, 2020

        That’s right. Any of these leftist or liberal democrats have every opportunity to denounce thier US citizenship and become comrades of North Korea, China, or Russia. See how they like it at thise places.

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      2. Bo May 23, 2020

        Trump is the want to be dictator

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        1. NOT TRUE! CUOMO IS STUPID! IT’S TRUE LOOK IT UP!

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          1. Bo May 23, 2020

            Cuomo makes trump look retarded

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      3. Bo May 23, 2020

        For what waiting 6 weeks to move on the Coronavirus and being responsible for thousands of deaths

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    2. CUROMO IS A STUPID FUCKING NUTCASE!

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  11. Michelle L Shaw May 23, 2020

    Our Country was founded from our Fore Fathers to protect our Constitution and Our Amendments. To these Governors and Polititiont trying to take away our rights.. wake up America. These false media and reporters have allowed people to not think but follow false and made people panick due to this Election year. Open up our country and churches. Make those involved pay for their false actions against our Constition. Our President has my vote

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    1. Bo May 23, 2020

      Yes and let’s kill a few more thousand people who really gives a SHIT Go trump

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  12. Liz Whelan May 23, 2020

    I think Our Lives are more important than Trumps, who apparently doesn’t care about anyone’s but his own. I don’t see him going to any Church to Worship God. Trump worships himself alone. Leave our states alone. I live in NY who got hit the hardest with this Virus. If we open too soon, it’s going to come back to bite us in the butt at the end. Think Smart, protect yourselves, your Families, Friends & Others. Trump walks around without a mask, because he Doesn’t Care at all. Never did & Never will. Stay Strong & Safe.

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  13. Bill G. Bass May 23, 2020

    Thi guy is an idiot. many churches have never closed their door ours included, the services are in real-time with song leader and a few members of the choir singing. Some few members attend each of the two mornings (8:30– 11:00 aAm services. Most hear the services via the internet, Which I suspect the virus has created a new Ministry. Plans are to go back to full in church activities on June 7 observing the social distancing and other rules. Some of us will not go back on June 7 but will continue to have one of the two services. We will continue to mail in our offerings, Memorials, etc. each week. It will be a while before things are back to normal perhaps never like they were before the COVID-19virus. God bless you all as decision are made for the future.

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  14. Luz May 23, 2020

    President Trump is not killing the people. Bo wear a mask, gloves and keep your distance, this is what we are told to do. If you do that, you can go to the grocery store, etc., , and should be able to go to church. If you are afraid to go to church, then don’t go, but don’t tell others they can’t go. If gyms, salons, spa are opening which has close contact with one another, again I ask you why shouldn’t the church open too. Stop blaming President Trump for everything, give him credit for what he did for our country prior to this pandemic. He did not bring conoravirus to this country. If the Democrats would stop fighting President Trump , we could see this country become prosperous. Try praying for the situation, instead of showing hatred by swearing.

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  15. Warbucks May 23, 2020

    If everyone reads the comments it becomes instantly available who is right and who has been taught by our school systens over the last 60 years. The large group of students that have been pushed thru school even though the scored poorly in reading and comprehension, math and science when the 15 year old studenys were tested every three years by the ” Program for International Student Assessment ( PISA). This was caused by the Commynist infiltration of both our schools and the Catholic Church. We all have differing ways to get our information relative to how corrupt our government has become. If you do not realize now that the democratic Party and Hillory Clinton attempted to overthrow the sitting President via the weaponizing of many Sections of the Hwite Hose of Barack Obama, the Department of Justice which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, once the Premier law Enforcemt organization in the world then it is sad indeed because it happened irregardless of what CNN and other far left foreign controlled news Services has told you.

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    1. Bo May 23, 2020

      Were the hell do you get your information. Oh yea I forgot lying Fox News who has the worst ratings for telling the truth than any of the top news channels 38 0/0 truth

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  16. Honey no vinegar May 24, 2020

    SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. PERIOD.

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