A defiant Donald Trump attracted bipartisan criticism after declaring his perceived autonomous power over reopening businesses and scaling back social distancing at the state level.
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Considering the longstanding right-wing resistance toward intrusive federal power, one Fox News Channel anchor pointed out the “hypocrisy” on display among conservative pundits.
“First of all, the Constitution is pretty clear,” Bret Baier said. “Constitutional scholars will say that this is not the president flicking on the switch, it’s the governors and the local authorities that have that going forward.”
He went on to say that “if President Obama had said those words that you heard from President Trump, that the authority is total with the president, conservatives’ heads would’ve exploded across the board.”