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Reporter to Trump: Why haven't you closed the grocery stores and pharmacies, too?

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Er, because people need to not starve to death? Actually, this question wasn’t quite as foolish as it seems, although the proper context doesn’t help all that much. In last night’s coronavirus briefing, one reporter asked Donald Trump why the government doesn’t just shut down grocery stores and take-out restaurants and stop all commerce to kill off the virus. Trump offers a non-sequitur to the question, perhaps surprised anyone would ask it (via RedState):

Video: As many people have already pointed out on here, a reporter actually asked Trump about shutting down essential businesses like grocery stores. Seriously.

Q: Obviously, we know anyone can spread the disease. Right? Unwittingly. So, why even have a few businesses open? Why not just shut everything down? There are grocery stores that are open, fast food places. Why even take a little chance? Just shut it all down, temporarily.

TRUMP: We’ll answer that question later. All I can say is that right now, things are looking really good and opening up with a bang will be a great thing. And there’s nobody gonna be happier than me.

It’s a dumb question, but perhaps not for the reason most think. The federal government doesn’t have the authority to shut down grocery stores, or most other businesses, for that matter. The administration has issued and updated guidelines for how to conduct business in the pandemic crisis, but it’s up to governors to decide how to implement them. A handful of governors haven’t yet issued stay-at-home orders at all, but most if not all have limited people to “essential” businesses, which includes grocery stores, pharmacies, and a limited number of other places of business. That question should be aimed at governors, not the president, in our federalist republic.


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