COVID-19: Trump’s Easter Parade Death March

COVID-19: Trump's Easter Parade Death March

While Americans shelter at home to slow the spread of a deadly virus and the number of US infected and dead grows, all President Donald Trump can see is plunging numbers on Wall Street. Public health officials advise months of social distancing and the closure of all non-essential businesses, but Mr. Trump wants the lockdown to end by Easter.

“We’re opening up this incredible country. Because we have to do that. I would love to have it open by Easter,” Trump told a Fox News virtual town hall. “I would love to have that. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’d love to make it an important day for this. I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter.”

“Easter’s a very special day for me,” he told (you guessed it) Fox News. “Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?”

Maybe the White House Easter Egg Roll can be replaced by a Toilet Paper Roll Roll.

More:

“Why Trump’s goal to end social distancing by Easter is so dangerous,” German Lopez, Vox

“What happens to spread of virus if Trump loosens restrictions too soon?” Danielle Renwick, The Guardian

“Trump’s goal to open the economy by Easter exposes his moral sickness,” Michael Gerson, Washington Post

Updates:

“The rightwing figures pushing Trump’s ‘back-to-work’ policy despite pandemic,” Victoria Bekiempis, The Guardian

“No ‘packed churches’ on Easter: Trump extends social distancing through April,” Sean Collins, Vox

Related:

“Peeps candy halts production due to coronavirus,” Alicia Cohn, The Hill

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