On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) moved to sue Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for enacting a face mask mandate.
His lawsuit was met with fury on social media.
@GovKemp How is a mask mandate hurting businesses. There are companies like Kroger, Target, Walmart, Starbucks that… https://t.co/hyNuC9axgG— Human Being (@Human Being) 1594936894.0
@GovKemp Let me get this straight: You are spending untold millions of taxpayer dollars to sue Atlanta because pove… https://t.co/Oc4QXcmmFq— Shelli Meyers 😷 (@Shelli Meyers 😷) 1594938845.0
@GovKemp Every drop of blood = a Georgian that lost their life due to Trump and Kemp's decision to NOT fight this v… https://t.co/CY7kLYVq62— Frog Legs 🐸 (@Frog Legs 🐸) 1594939950.0
@GovKemp What business owners?? I am an Atlanta business owner. By NOT doing everything to stop the virus from spre… https://t.co/cJREUDFvQx— Simply 'Wearing A Mask' Fitness (@Simply 'Wearing A Mask' Fitness) 1594937695.0
@GovKemp no shirt, no shoes, NO MASK, no service! It doesn’t hurt businesses to mandate masks be worn. It hurts us… https://t.co/AIpVhBU5GJ— Cory Mitchell (@Cory Mitchell) 1594937595.0
@GovKemp I know I am not going to businesses because of people not wearing masks. You are not suing the other citie… https://t.co/bkjUmKv6PQ— Geeg🐻🏈😷🍑🗳️🍠🍗🍲🥗🦃🍷 (@Geeg🐻🏈😷🍑🗳️🍠🍗🍲🥗🦃🍷) 1594939175.0
@GovKemp GOP Gov Kemp bans local govt's from requiring masks because he doesn't care that blacks are dying at much… https://t.co/o4lQ64I7Of— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1594939652.0
@GovKemp You're the reckless one. Cities can mandate masks and still operate normally. If you're gonna have people… https://t.co/qAQOEb47LG— Ram @ #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@Ram @ #BLACKLIVESMATTER) 1594936666.0
@GovKemp You're bullying a Black female mayor while several other mayors (White men) have violated the same issue.… https://t.co/hhAZh1Eg3P— kenn bivins ✊🏾 ❤️ (@kenn bivins ✊🏾 ❤️) 1594938800.0
In addition to the social media reactions, the lawsuit was also the opening subject of the night's edition of MSNBC's "All In" with Chris Hayes. “You got to ask yourself, why would he do this? Right? Why would you take the proactive step to go in and stop localities from mandating masks, to sue them and go to court?” Hayes asked.