The exceptions prove the rule. The exceptions are cults of personality, non-denominational, told they are unique. The exceptions are as rare as hen’s teeth, which is why they get the attention. Everybody wants at least a glimpse of the freak show.Trump has no idea how coronavirus is transmitted from person to person and therefore doesn't get why packed churches amid a pandemic is a bad idea. This clip of him talking about how he considered an Easter exemption from social distancing shows it. pic.twitter.com/G4LXzNIGKf— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 4, 2020
Trump has no power to open churches. The states can close them for reasons of public health. Trump can’t do that, either. Will the churches open on Easter Sunday because Trump says they should. He didn’t even say that. He won’t be responsible. Period. But if it happens, he’ll take credit for the headlines.
Will the churches open if Trump “has a conversation “? No. Pastors care about their congregations, not about publicity or pleasing Trump. Church members care more about their health than Trump’s re-election, too. Even if all the churches in America flung wide their doors on April 12, people wouldn’t flock to them or just stand outside them vaguely “attending “ (does Trump even understand how Christian worship is conducted?).
The exceptions will be the churches defying lawful orders. My guess is a few will open, with or without Trump, and we’ll hear all about it. Everybody slows down for a car wreck.