As Brian Kemp comes under fire for banning local governments from enforcing mask orders and suing the city of Atlanta, new reporting has revealed that Kemp’s reckless reopening order goes against federal guidelines that recommend a statewide mask mandate, and that Kemp’s administration has been dangerously manipulating Georgia’s COVID-19 data.
The day before Kemp’s anti-mask order, a document for the White House Coronavirus Task Force suggested that Georgia is in the “red zone” for COVID-19 cases and test positivity, and recommended that the state mandate masks immediately to protect public health. Instead, Kemp doubled down on his anti-public health rhetoric and banned cities from enacting mask orders.
Another report from Bloomberg confirmed what Georgians have known for weeks: throughout Kemp’s reckless reopening, his administration has been manipulating data to “make the state appear healthier than it was” for Kemp’s reopening — even as cases spiked across the state.
The question remains: is Kemp banning mask orders and suing Atlanta to please failure-in-chief Donald Trump, or does he just not care that Georgians are going to die?