Welcome to Georgia, the state that ranks eighth in population but fourth in new COVID-19 cases.
As the coronavirus spreads across the Peach State, Republican Governor Brian Kemp on Wednesday issued an executive order banning all cities and town from requiring face masks to be worn. Curiously, the directive came just hours after he met with President Donald Trump.
That means at least 15 cities currently requiring face masks now have to rescind those orders.
Face masks have proven to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which is unchecked in the United States, but under control in many other countries across the globe.
Kemp, who some believe effectively stole the gubernatorial election from former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, was one of the last governors to shut down his state. He finally did after falsely suggesting the CDC had just discovered asymptomatic people spread the virus, a fact that was known for at least weeks. Kemp was also the first governor to open up his state. It was a decision so extreme it even drew a rebuke from President Trump. Later his Public Health Department released a graph purportedly showing the spread had slowed – except it had been manipulated, with data out of chronological order.
Now Kemp is banning the requirement to wear a mask, which led to immediate outrage – and many to once again remind Georgia voters Stacey Abrams could have been their governor.
Abrams slammed Kemp on MSNBC Wednesday night, saying Kemp “is too afraid of the consequences of leadership to actually demonstrate any.”
“More than 3,000 Georgians have perished, disproportionately Black and Brown Georgians, and he continues to fiddle while Rome burns,” Abrams continued. “This is not a man who’s capable of leadership.”
"From the beginning of this catastrophe, Brian Kemp has demonstrated that he has absolutely no competency in this p… https://t.co/a5jyaVGw23— MSNBC (@MSNBC) 1594867715.0
Some are now calling Gov. Kemp “openly pro-virus.”
Take a look.
"...any state, county, or municipal law, order, ordinance, rule, or regulation that requires persons to wear face c… https://t.co/mifiF6gjlM— Marisa Pyle lives in a BLUE STATE 🍑 (@Marisa Pyle lives in a BLUE STATE 🍑) 1594857084.0
@Freeyourmindkid I fucking HATE this dude and every time he gets worse it’s just another reminder that Stacey Abrams should be in his seat— filled with bees (emotionally) (@filled with bees (emotionally)) 1594863068.0
Georgia could have had Stacey Abrams. Instead they got this. https://t.co/aJXOYI87IC— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1594867418.0
They could've had Stacey Abrams. Instead they got a guy who suppressed votes so he could use his power to hurt peop… https://t.co/FLwr0kgwAf— Hemant Mehta (@Hemant Mehta) 1594865310.0
@BrianKempGA RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU THINK STACEY ABRAMS WOULD HAVE MANAGED THIS PANDEMIC BETTER.— SECOND KICK OF A MULE (@SECOND KICK OF A MULE) 1594867260.0
Imagine how much better off America would be right now if Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum were Governors of Georgi… https://t.co/snXbO1IPM5— Tae Phoenix (@Tae Phoenix) 1594876651.0
Brian Kemp has banned Georgia's cities and its counties from ordering people to wear masks in all public places. H… https://t.co/lyBYSOZEGE— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1594870130.0