Trump’s Friday order that the states to declare churches “essential businesses” that should stay open during the pandemic likely was a Hail Mary to prop up sagging support among evangelicals and white Catholics. It’s unclear whether he has the authority to do this — most seem to think he doesn’t — but that’s probably irrelevant since such concerns are largely absent in Trump’s cynical political calculus. He took a stand, which is all his supporters seem to care about.

It’s telling, though, that after planting his campaign flag in the cause of “religious freedom,” he promptly laced up his golf spikes for two days of spending taxpayer dollars at one of his properties.