Trump’s back to work dreams are a coronavirus nightmare. Good thing he can’t enforce them.

Reacting to the growing array of local and statewide shelter-in-place restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that he wants the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” The idea, as articulated by a number of conservative politicians and commentators, is that reopening schools and businesses sooner rather than later is necessary to mitigate the increasing damage the virus is inflicting upon the economy. Thus, the logic goes, Trump shouldn’t just desire such a result; he should use his statutory and constitutional authority to make it happen — and override these shelter-in-place rules as of a fixed date in early April.

There are two rather significant problems with this idea: First, the president has no authority to actually bring it about. And second, even if he could, it would be a terribly short-sighted move.

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