Coronavirus

“Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Some governors who previously refused to impose mask requirements are finally doing so because a surge in infections has left them no choice, but Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is running in the entirely opposite direction.

Georgia's brain genius governor has just signed an order that prohibits the state's most populous cities from imposing a requirement to wear masks and voids requirements that were already in place.

Kemp’s move is likely to infuriate local officials in communities that had acted, including Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Rome and the governor’s hometown of Athens-Clarke County. Overall, mask orders by Wednesday were covering 1.4 million of Georgia’s more than 10 million residents.

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson was the first local official to defy Kemp and order masks, and had said police would start writing $500 citations to businesses that didn’t enforce the law.

“It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us,” Johnson wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. “Every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can.”

I more or less expect Republican governors to tell people they can make their own decisions about wearing a mask because, you know, that's Freedumb!

But telling local governments they can't require people to wear masks? I did not have this on my pandemic bingo card.

Fresh outbreaks in Georgia should be laid at Kemp's feet and everyone should remember this the next time Republicans tell you they prefer local control of government. Georgia's current outbreak is on par with Texas on a per capita basis.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Ignore the science and survive the best you can.

    Yeah. Ignore the science. And how’s that workin’ out for ya?

  • muselet

    The modern GOP is a death cult, complete with ritual human sacrifices.

    Stay home as much as you can, wash your hands, avoid crowds, socially distance, wear a damn’ mask and vote in November as if you life depends on it (it does).

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    I just can’t wrap my head around republican office holders purposefully trying to kill off their voters.What on earth do they expect to gain?

    Never mind. I just remember they worship a moron who has said repeatedly that if people weren’t tested for covid, they wouldn’t have it.

    • Draxiar

      I have to give it to Gov. Baker here in Massachusetts. He’s done a good job with mitigating the spread and being rooted in the scientific data on a daily basis. I didn’t vote for the man but credit where it’s due. He’s done well with this.