On Thursday, President Donald Trump praised Wisconsin’s Supreme Court for overturning Governor Tony Ever (D)’s stay-at-home order, which was set to expire on May 26.
“The people want to get on with their lives,” Trump tweeted, calling the decision “another win” for Wisconsin.
The Great State of Wisconsin, home to Tom Tiffany’s big Congressional Victory on Tuesday, was just given another win. Its Democrat Governor was forced by the courts to let the State Open. The people want to get on with their lives. The place is bustling!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2020
The court ruled that health secretary Andrea Palm and other officials overstepped their bounds and broked the law when Palm issued the stay-at-home order under the governor’s authority on April 16.
Wisconsin moving forward
The majority opinion called the order “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable” and a “vast seizure of power.” Any further public health restrictions need to be approved by the state legislature, which is Republican-controlled.
Wisconsin has 11,000 coronavirus cases and 421 deaths statewide.
NBC News reported that some bars in the state immediately opened when news of the court decision broke. Patrons were asked to social distance outside their immediate household.
The Republican legislature could decide to place its own restrictions on bars that could force them to close again, but for now, businesses are able to reopen immediately. Eyers had been in the process of allowing some businesses to reopen with restrictions, The Hill reported.
Trump encouraging reopening
Trump has also encouraged other states to push toward reopening, including Michigan, Virginia and Minnesota.
He has been criticized for supporting protesters in these and other states demonstrating to get stay-at-home orders lifted and businesses reopened.
“I’m with everybody,” Trump said in response to a question about protests during a recent briefing, noting that some governors have “gone too far” and are now “inappropriate” in keeping states locked down.
Not coincidentally, just about all states extending lockdowns and dragging their feet on reopening are led by Democrat governors, while Republican-led states are much more likely to be reopening with safety restrictions in place. This has caused much speculation about whether a political component has crept into reopening decisions.