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Call The White House Tell The President To Ignore Chris Wallace’s Unconstitutional Idea For A Nationwide Lockdown

Chris Wallace Stay at Home
Remember back when Democrats were promoting the narrative that if elected president Donald Trump would try to make himself a dictator? Well it appears that Fox News’ anchor Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, is all for that idea.

Yesterday, Wallace had U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams on the network’s flagship Sunday morning political talk show and hectored him about why there’s been no national stay-at-home order issued.

Wallace showed a clip of President Donald Trump saying, “I (inaudible) talk to the governors. The governors know what they're doing. They've been doing a great job. I guess we're close to 90 percent anyway. And states that we're talking about are not in jeopardy. No, I would leave it to the governors…” before asking, “The Coronavirus is not a state issue, it doesn’t follow or respect state borders. Dr. Fauci says he believes there should be a national stay-at-home order. Is he wrong?”

Vice Admiral Adams, quite reasonably and correctly answered, “we live in a country where we have a system of federalism.”

As examples, he pointed to different state laws on opioids and tobacco, saying, “More people will die even in the worst projections from cigarette smoking in this country than are going to die from coronavirus this year.”

Adams also said some of the states not doing shelter-in-place orders are “struggling with issues concerning how they can provide for the rest of the country to be able to stay at home.”

“What I would say to those governors is if you can’t give us a month, give us what you can. Give us a week. Give us whatever you can to stay at home during this particularly tough time,” he added.

Wallace was having none of it.

“There’s a big difference between opioids and cigarettes, which are something that people decide to use or not to use, and the coronavirus, which people catch. It’s not an individual choice. And you know, when President Trump says that he is a wartime president, during World War II, FDR didn’t say, ‘Well, it’s up to each state to decide what to do,’ he mobilized the nation. Again, why not a national stay-at-home order? The coronavirus doesn’t recognize states’ rights, so does the federal analogy really work here?” asked Wallace.

To his great credit Vice Admiral Adams stuck to his guns and did not take the bait to criticize his Commander-in-Chief or to advocate for a potentially unconstitutional nationwide lockdown, saying, “…it was just a week ago when the idea of a federal quarantine for the New York City area was being floated, and Governor Cuomo said that would be like declaring war on the state.”

And we have to ask Chris Wallace and others advocating a national lockdown exactly how would it work?

Matthew Dallek, an expert on presidential authority at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, told The Hill it is unclear whether a presidential executive order requiring Americans to stay in their homes would be anything more than symbolic. If such an order is enforceable, it is not clear who would do so. The president cannot deploy American troops around the country to keep people in their homes.

“More likely, he would issue an order and ask states to spread the message and ask people to comply voluntarily, and the states could, in theory, call out the National Guard,” Dallek said.

Any such order would certainly wind up in court noted The Hill’s Reid Wilson. And the lawsuits against state stay-at-home orders are already being filed: A group of political activists and religious leaders in New Hampshire filed suit against Gov. Chris Sununu, challenging Sununu's order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people. Several groups are suing over Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's move to delay his state's presidential primary.

Once upon a time Fox News was considered to be the “conservative” network, and with regard to its evening commentary programming, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham that is certainly true, but Fox’s news anchors, especially Chris Wallace, are often a different story.

It’s tempting to ask CHQ readers and friends to call Fox and demand that the network get rid of Chris Wallace for advocating an anti-constitutional, anti-federalism response to the Wuhan flu panic, but we think that would be a waste of time. Instead, we urge CHQ readers and friends to call the White House, the comment line is (202-456-1111) please politely explain to the assistant taking the call that you think President Trump is doing a great job handling the coronavirus panic and that it would be a huge error to issue an extra-constitutional nationwide stay-at-home order.

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