Just days after proclaiming that all houses of worship were “essential” and demanded their reopening “right now for this weekend” during the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump headed to his Virginia golf club once again Sunday morning, according to a Wall Street Journal reporter.
Trump said Friday afternoon that he would override governors if they didn’t follow his lead, adding that “in America we need more prayer, not less.”
“So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential,” he said during a statement at the White House. “I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now. If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call. 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. In America we need more prayer, not less.”
Despite his claim of authority over governors, Trump does not have the power to make that happen by simply making such a statement.
The president’s critics called him out on Sunday after he returned to the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, his second golf outing of the holiday weekend, instead of attending a church service.
Anyone know which church services trump will be attending today?
— Tris Resists *Commentary* (@TrisResists) May 24, 2020
I assume Donald Trump will show us how safe churches are by attending his church this Sunday.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) May 23, 2020
So, which church is Trump worshipping at today? https://t.co/m8mQsHnvwF
— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) May 24, 2020
Even though @realDonaldTrump called for churches to be opened and deemed an “essential service” despite them being a hot spot for #coronavirus during this pandemic; President Two Corinthians didn’t go to church today – he went golfing! https://t.co/hX8lvuf7lt #COVID19 #church
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) May 24, 2020
Any word on which church Trump attended this morning?
— Ted (@trom771) May 24, 2020
As of late Sunday morning, the nation’s death toll from the coronavirus was over 97,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Trump also sparked outrage late Saturday night after he retweeted several posts from a supporter with a well-documented history of racist and sexist online commentary. President One post called his former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton a “skank” and another mocked the physical appearances of potential vice presidential candidates Stacey Adams and House speaker Nancy Pelosi.