Andrew Napolitano: No, Trump Can't 'Override' Governors
May 23 2020
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Friday that President Trump does not have the authority he says he does when it comes to overriding governors who will not allow churches or synagogues to reopen. The recommendations are voluntary. If the governors refuse to allow the houses of worship to reopen immediately, this very weekend, "I will override the governors", he said. I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now.
Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that top Trump administration officials had shelved documents that offered advice on reopening the country, saying that the recommendations wouldn't "see the light of day".
Alyana Alfaro, a spokeswoman for Murphy, said shortly after Trump's announcement that "the governor's orders will remain in effect". If there's any question, they're gonna have to call me, but they're not gonna be successful in that call.
Establishing what constitutes essential services has been a prerogative of state and local officials, rather than the federal government, and many have restricted houses of worship from holding group services to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The president confirmed that the new guidelines would apply to churches, synagogues, and mosques. "The ministers, pastors, rabbis, imams and other faiths leaders will make sure that their congregations are safe as they gather and pray". "I know them well".
Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. Young said the following in a statement: "That President Trump is deciding to pursue non-essential travel sends the wrong message to our residents, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus".
Both Catholics and Lutherans in Minnesota, for example, appealed to Governor Tim Walz this week to relax the lockdown and signaled they would begin congregating in defiance of his orders. They don't want anything bad to happen to them or to anyone else.
"President Trump and Governor Murphy today had a productive discussion on the need to continue to move forward intelligently regarding religious services as New Jersey continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic", Alfaro added.
Some governors have allowed in-person church services to resume while others have continued to bar such events.