Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot crossed the line and ripped President Trump and said she will defy his order to open churches.
She insulted Trump and people of faith across the country by saying Trump is “pandering to a base” and this is for his reelection.
“I think we have to realize that virtually everything he says has a political undertone and basis for it,” Lightfoot said.
“Look, we are working with our faith community, just like we’re working with businesses to set up very specific guidelines to help them to be able to reopen safely.”
“He has said so many dangerous and foolish things. Add this to the list,” Lightfoot added.
“By no means can the president order any locality, any state to do something that he doesn’t have the power to do,” she said.
“And he can’t do that here, so, to me it’s just another thing that he said. The media pays attention to it.”
“But we’re going to be guided by the science and the data. We are not going to rush to do something so he can fulfill a campaign promise that sets people’s lives at risk.”
From The Hill:
President Trump on Friday ordered governors to allow houses of worship to open immediately, declaring them “essential” to American life during COVID-19.
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend,” Trump said during brief remarks at the White House that his press shop had touted as a briefing.
Trump took no questions, however, and left immediately after his brief statement.
“If they don’t do it I will override the governors. America, we need more prayer, not less,” he said.
Even as states allow businesses to reopen, restrictions on churches and houses of worship remain in place in some states, frustrating Trump and religious conservatives.
While Trump is legally unable to override these state orders, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been pressuring governors to treat houses of worship the same as secular institutions in reopening plans.
DOJ attorneys told California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) this week that his reopening plan amounted to “unequal treatment of faith communities” by allowing restaurants, schools, malls and other businesses to open sooner than religious institutions.
“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,” Trump said Friday.