As Americans fret over spending Memorial Day weekend in isolation, states continuing to restrict large gatherings are coming under attack. On Friday, that escalated with a warning from President Donald Trump that "heavy-handed" shelter-in-place orders, like the one in Los Angeles, could be challenged as illegal. But that stance, including a demand that churches be allowed to open, has been interpreted as a response to Trump's weakening poll numbers — even among core supporters like white evangelical Christians. And they're also questioned by those looking at new research showing continued epidemic-level coronavirus spread in 24 states.
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