Trump Courts Evangelicals With Goal To Reopen Economy By Easter

Trump's loyal evangelical fans see the his choice of the holiest date on the Christian calendar as a meaningful goal.


Trump's loyal evangelical fans see the his choice of the holiest date on the Christian calendar as a meaningful goal.

Trump's loyal evangelical fans see the president's choice of the holiest date on the Christian calendar as a meaningful goal, even if it's purely aspirat...

Trump's loyal evangelical fans see the president's choice of the holiest date on the Christian calendar as a meaningful goal, even if it's purely aspirational. Jill Colvin and Elana Schor WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ’s “beautiful” idea to reopen the U.S. economy by Easter Sunday and pack church pews that day was dreamed up during a conference call among business leaders desperate to get the country back up and running. But his target date for easing coronavirus restrictions is another outstretched hand to a group he has long courted: evangelical Christians. Cooped up at the White House and watching the stock market tumble, Trump had already been eager to ease federal guidelines aimed at halting the spread of a virus that had infected more than 55,000 Americans when about a dozen business leaders convened a conference call on Sunday. “There was a concern — not unanimity, but consensus — that you had to have a reopening of the economy at some point soon,” said Stephen Moore, a conservative economist and informal Trump adviser. On the call, Moore said, he argued in favor of setting a specific date as a goal by which point the economy could gradually begin to be reopened. “One of the things we were saying was that this would instill some confidence in people, that there would be some kind of light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. While many wanted to see that date set even sooner than Easter, “it’s something that’s coming up that would be obviously a mark on someone’s calendar,” Moore said. “I had made this point that we should call this economic resurrection day.” Though it’s unclear exactly when the idea made its way to Trump or whether others in his orbit had pegged the date as well — one official said they had heard the idea mentioned multiple times around the Oval Office — by late Sunday, Trump was publicly siding with such thinking, tweeting: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.” On Monday, he said he was considering easing his administration’s recommendations that Americans largely stay home within weeks, not months. And on Tuesday, he formally endorsed the idea of an Easter goalpost during a Fox News Channel virtual town hall. “Easter’s a very special day for me. Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?” Trump later told Fox. “You’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time.” The idea drew alarm from many public health experts, who noted that even New York — thought to be several weeks ahead of the rest of the nation — has yet to reach its peak in infections. Unless Americans continue to isolate themselves for weeks, those experts warn, a virus that has already killed more than 1,000 people in the U.S. will continue to spread like wildfire across the nation, overwhelming hospitals already starved of needed supplies. The number infected has risen to more than 69,000. But for conservative evangelicals who remain among Trump’s most ardent supporters, the president’s choice of the holiest date on their faith’s calendar was meaningful even as a purely aspirational goal to reboot American life. MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images President Donald Trump is joined by (from right) White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Deborah Birx, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci during the daily briefing on COVID-19 at the White House on March 25, 2020. The timeline “injected hope into an indefinite ordeal,” said Johnnie Moore, an evangelical adviser to the administration. “And it was very clear in hearing him speak that not only is there an end to this … but when we do win it, we’re going to have a celebration, and that celebration will partly include gratitude to God.” Ralph Reed, a veteran GOP activist and Trump ally who chairs the Faith & Freedom Coalition, cautioned that restrictions shouldn’t be eased “if it’s a bad idea from a public health standpoint,” but also welcomed the Easter target. “I will be encouraging the White House, again within the parameters of what makes sense from a public health standpoint, to do everything we can to make that date,” Reed said, “because I think it would be symbolic, it would be significant, it would be inspirational.” To that end, the White House has been discussing the mechanics of a rollback aimed at getting Americans back to work if they don’t live in current virus hot spots. Among the ideas under discussion: advising that those who are most at risk for severe complications — including seniors — continue to isolate themselves, while younger people go back to work. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. The vast majority of people recover. Even if Trump were to ease federal guidelines, states across the country, from California to New York, have already put in place a patchwork of rules to try to halt the virus’ spread. The administration has so far said it has no plans to try to overrule local restrictions. The White House, meanwhile, has been holding calls with those who might publicly back its plans, including conservative allies of the president. Reed said he was among two dozen allies who participated in one call Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence on which the Easter target was not discussed. Pence did “make it clear that the objective is to get the country open again in weeks, not months,” while relying on “data and public health imperatives,” Reed said. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters President Donald Trump arrives at a Fox News"virtual town hall" event with members of the coronavirus task force in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2020. Three separate faith outreach calls, including one that drew more than 1,200 allies, were held last week alone. Pastor Tony Suarez, another evangelical Trump ally, said he hopes the Easter target can be achieved, to “celebrate a national resurrection and an economic resurrection as we celebrate the Resurrection.” But even among white evangelicals who are a key component of the president’s political base, there were reservations. National Association of Evangelicals President Walter Kim said that many who share his faith “wish to do what is in the best interest of society as a whole,” citing decisions to cancel physical worship services and various programs. Kim added that any “celebrations we pursue on Easter would need to be in that spirit of life.” For Suarez, Trump’s choice of an Easter target remains an important gesture regardless of whether he goes through with it. Suarez, executive vice president at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, described the president’s elevation of that date as a fresh signal of the “respect within the administration for the word of God and for Christian faith.” Among those signals, Suarez noted, was Pence’s call during a Saturday briefing by the coronavirus task force he leads for Americans to keep donating to their local ministries when most houses of worship have moved their services online. Read more: HuffPost

Someone should ask Trump if he knows the significance of Easter to Christians. That was the plan! Gotta keep the rally cry alive for his re-election Nuts of a feather flock together. They will all be exposed to the Trump virus What Trump evangelicals worship ... If all of Trumps followers do go to church, they should look around. One in 20 will be dead beftMay 1. It’s a start.

He’ll do anything for a vote ! Don’t fall for his lies. I bet he has no idea what Easter means. He is a fraud and you fell for his lies. I believe most Christians would rather God's children be safe from disease by praying safely even at home! Easter is not celebrated by all Americans and shouldn’t be used as a marker.

In certain parts of the country, yes

With U.S. hit by virus, China courts Latin America with medical diplomacyAs Argentina was scrambling to introduce emergency measures to insulate its aili... Then they get offended when people call it a ChienseVirus19 ChineseVirus19 Help is help . We don’t need to care what is their intention! life first! No one stoping US to help

Dont they see God has rebuked their savior!? All that he does, fails-Shah 4:20 And they can gather, hug and pray to their blonde, blue eye orange Jesus. Just keep away from the rest of us. Where is God? Oh you mean the many Gods....we still believe in that story? When do churches have to pay taxes? Churches are the biggest land owner in America...what a joke!!!!

I call B.S.. Let them go to church as opposed to let them eat cake? I think it's foolhardy. I doubt Corona 19 watches the calendar or double-checks stats in our country. This virus is an equal opportunity virus...It doesn't care about one's religion, status in life, racial/ethnic history or sexual orientation. Or Holy Days. Or holidays.

And on this horse was pestilence and with his words he spoke disease Bow to the idiot king. No religion can save humanity,Gods immutable laws are above everything,it controls everything to which we have no control,never will. Religion used as a political and financial benefit,instead of wisdom to save God's souls.

This sounds like someone is moching something....

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Covid-45. Blood on his hands. Nothing says “pro life” more than sacrificing grandma for the stock market. This whole time our country has had to deal with this disgusting windbag has Ben awful but it has shown us how unchristian evangelicals really are - it’s about $$$. Huffypost that’s all you can report about? Tell George Soros to stop manipulating you

Of course they do. Trump only hopes his political career's resurrection. crikey - he looks more hideous every day Trump is the least Christian Christian ever TrumpLiesAboutCoronavirus I'm a christian and I didnt see it as that... They’ll get an early chance to see if the afterlife is real.

Trump gets ratings bump amid coronavirus crisisThe president's poll numbers are up slightly, but he isn’t galvanizing wide swaths of the country the way previous presidents have in times of crisis. And the media have kept right up with daily sniping at every little thing they can, dividing the nation. Even with 💯 negative coverage, what does that tell you about your influence realDonaldTrump is the anti-christ. Evil. Evil to his core and we are all paying a horrible price for letting this horrible Trump family step foot in our White House! They are so dangerous and absolutely repugnant!! Crooks! Cons! Racists! Failures!

Grasping at ecclesiastical straws. I love how traditional Southern Evangelicals turn our common translation, Jesus, into three sylables: The Baby, JAH-EE-ZUSS! They're so into it. God protect these folks, medically. Sigh... Great to hear and I hope he does what he said. After all these are his followers. Come November they will be voting for him, IF they are still alive.

🤮 😂😂😂😂😂 There was no resurrection 2000 years ago and there isn't go to be one for the thousands who will die if this jackanapes has his way. Even Jesus hates Trump. God will protect Christians. A little virus cannot do anything to people with faith. Trust me. LET THE FUCKING CHURCH GOERS GO TO CHURCH AND THE SANE PEOPLE WILL BET JUST HOW MANY WILL GET INFECTED AND HOW MANY WILL DIE FROM THE VIRUS...

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Opinion | The Coronavirus May Make Trump StrongerFrom WSJopinion: Gallup finds 60% of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. As usual, the establishment is clueless, writes wrmead. opinion wrmead 歐洲也頗有巨嬰風範,美國不作冤大頭了,立馬投入糞坑的懷抱,有奶便是娘。 opinion wrmead I guess they are the same that will say that their family member is not dead but 'deep sleeping'. opinion wrmead Trump did not cause the Coronavirus. But his narcissistic response to this crisis will ultimately cost tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. The economy will eventually recover. But will recover minus many beautiful souls and decades of prosperity. Unforgivable.

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Why Governors Want Trump To Take Charge Of Medical Supplies ― And Why He Hasn'tThe debate focuses on a 1950 law, but it's also about whether and when the president should take charge in a pandemic. States are responsible and should be for what is going on in their states. Democrats need to decide if they want a democracy or a dictatorship. Donald Trump has not the intellectual competence to take the lead of the crisis, his megalomania impeach him to delegate the management of the crisis to real sanitary experts Bottom line: Healthcare workers need all available supplies to save lives, and that is not happening. It doesn’t matter the reason.

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