President Trump hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order to cap religious gatherings in places of worship during a Thanksgiving salute to his millions of followers on social media.
“HAPPY THANKSGIVING !,” the president wrote in a message issued Thursday morning to its 88.8 million subscribers, citing a tweet from a SCOTUSblog article that read: “Just before midnight on Thanksgiving day, the Supreme Court barred New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo , to apply attendance limits to religious services. The vote is 5 to 4, with Roberts and the three dissenting Liberals.
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 state-imposed caps in areas declared red and orange zones.
The three judges Trump appointed to the court – Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch – voted a majority on the decision.
The president also linked to the decision.
In a proclamation acknowledging the Thanksgiving holiday released by the White House on Wednesday, Trump called on Americans to come together “in homes and places of worship.”
“I encourage all Americans to come together, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for our many blessings,” he said in the statement.
Health experts including Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, have warned Thanksgiving gatherings could create a ‘super-propagating event’ .
Fauci pleaded with people to stay away from large gatherings and to continue to follow safety precautions outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Keep indoor gatherings as small as possible. We all know how difficult it is because it is such a beautiful traditional holiday. But by making this sacrifice, you are going to prevent infections, ”Fauci said Wednesday on ABC News’s“ Good Morning America ”.
He warned that people who have the virus but are asymptomatic could “harmlessly” spread COVID-19 at an indoor party when they take off their masks to eat and drink.
“Sacrifice now could save lives and disease and make the future a lot brighter as we go through this, because we’re going to get through this. Vaccines are just on the horizon, ”Fauci said.