Trump lauds Supreme Court decision on Gov. Cuomo in Thanksgiving message

President Trump praised the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to cap religious gatherings at houses of worship in a Thanksgiving greeting to his millions of followers on social media.

“HAPPY THANKSGIVING!,” the president wrote in a post Thursday morning to his 88.8 million followers, quote tweeting a SCOTUSblog post that read, “Just before midnight on the night before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court blocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from enforcing attendance limits at religious services. The vote is 5-4, with Roberts and the three liberals dissenting.”

In the decision, the nation’s highest court sided with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Orthodox Jewish synagogues that sued the governor over the state-imposed caps in areas declared red and orange zones.

The three justices Trump appointed to the court — Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — voted in the majority on the decision.

The president also linked to the ruling.

In a proclamation recognizing the Thanksgiving holiday released by the White House on Wednesday, Trump called on Americans to get together “in homes and places of worship.”

“I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings,” he said in the statement.

Health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and a member of White House coronavirus task force, warned that Thanksgiving gathers could create a “super-spreader event.”

Fauci pleaded with people to stay away from large gatherings and continue to follow safety precautions outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Keep the indoor gatherings as small as you possibly can. We all know how difficult that is because this is such a beautiful, traditional holiday. But by making that sacrifice you are going to prevent infections,” Fauci said Wednesday on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

He warned that people who have the virus but are asymptomatic could “without malice” spread COVID-19 at an indoor party when they remove their masks to eat and drink.

“The sacrifice now could save lives and illness and make the future much brighter as we get through this, because we are going to get through this. Vaccines are right on the horizon,” Fauci said.


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