Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp thought he was only doing what President Donald Trump wanted by re-opening his state early despite the coronavirus continuing to rage across the country. But Trump just stabbed him in the back on national television for it.
Kemp drew condemnation this week by announcing that Georgia would re-open earlier than health experts recommend, starting with bars, spas, massage parlors, and gyms among other businesses that could trigger a deadly second wave of the pandemic.
With the death toll approaching 50,000, the last thing this country needs is a second wave caused by Republicans who refuse to listen to the experts. Saving lives should come first before the economy. But Kemp didn’t listen. And now even Trump is criticizing him.
During yet another press conference/campaign rally on Wednesday, Trump dropped a bomb on Kemp.
“I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities,” Trump said. “I think spas and beauty salons and tattoo parlors and barber shops in phase one…is just too soon.”
Trump added that he thinks Kemp has to do “what he thinks is right,” but it’s quite a reversal considering Trump has been pushing hard for states to re-open.
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Pres. Trump says he told Georgia Gov. Kemp “I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities,” but he has to do “what he thinks is right.”
— ABC News (@ABC) April 22, 2020
Trump’s failure to endorse Kemp’s re-open plan is really bad for him in a state that Democrats have been looking to turn blue for the last few years now. Georgia voters could easily turn on Kemp, including Trump supporters who might be inclined to agree with their god that Kemp is crazy.
The best thing Kemp can do is to reverse his order and reinstate the lockdown for the sake of public health. Because if a new round of coronavirus hits the state, Kemp won’t just have to deal with being humiliated by Trump, he’ll have blood on his hands.
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