Trump Says He Wants to Open Country on Easter So He Can ‘Pack the Churches’ Full of People

Donald Trump said on Tuesday he hoped to have the country “back to work” by Easter, setting the most concrete deadline yet as his attention turns from stopping the onslaught of the coronavirus and toward restarting the ailing U.S. economy.

He received immediate pushback and hedging from some of his advisers — including Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and even Vice President Mike Pence — after making the statement during a Fox News town hall.

“I’d love to have it open by Easter,” Trump said. “I would love to have that. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this too. I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” Easter falls on April 12 this year.

Then in an interview on Fox News later Tuesday afternoon, Trump said, Easter “is a very special day for me,” and that it would be “great to have all of the churches full.”

“So, I think Easter Sunday, and you will have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time and it’s just about the timeline that I think is right,” he later added. He said he isn’t “sure” that would be the official deadline.

PACKED CHURCHES!! Filled with people. Often older people.

God help us. And btw, you can worship from home.

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