Georgia Governor Kemp Sues Atlanta To Block Mandatory Mask Rule. | Morning Joe | MSNBC

published on July 19, 2020

More than half of the states in this country now have issued mandatory mask requirements to help stop the spread of covin 19 with Arkansas and Colorado the latest to join that growing list but Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp and his administration filed a lawsuit

Seeking to block Atlanta from requiring residents to wear masks the lawsuit challenges Atlanta mayor Keitel aunts bottoms decision to revert to phase one guidelines mandating masks in public places on

Twitter governor can't Breault this this lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hard-working employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times join us now state attorney for Palm Beach County

Dave Ehrenburg Dave good to see you this morning let's go one state north of you into Georgia the governor going to court over this you have the mayors of cities like Savannah and Rome and Augusta and of course Atlanta saying you got to wear

A mask in our city and the governor going to court to say no you don't have to wear a mask what's he up to here Willie remember it was the most devious kind of voter suppression that got governor Kemp

Elected in the first place so we shouldn't be surprised that he's trying to politicize this pandemic now even when his neighboring governor kiv of Alabama has issued a mandatory mask order and when your policies are so

Regressive that they make alabama look progressive and you got problem i'd still think that the governor has a leg up in the lawsuit though because generally state orders can preempt local orders that conflict with them but here

We're talking about a pandemics or an under charted territory so I think that the mayors have a claim under their police powers to act in the public's health interest to impose these max orders but it's still an uphill battle

For local governments in this area I think though the governor is going to embarrass himself because he's certain to lose in the court of public opinion where most people support these orders but it wouldn't be his first time to

Humiliate himself because remember back in April when he came out and said that he didn't know that asymptomatic people could spread the virus we all knew that back then also in April he tried to make a statement with the

President by opening up Georgia before any other state had open in order in return he got thrown under the bus by the president who disagreed with him and so here he is again doing the same thing not learning his lesson

And leading with his chin but unfortunately the good people of Georgia are gonna have to suffer as a result well that's the thing michael steele there I just the stupidity is boundless here it is truly

Boundless I mean masks have been determined to keep people safe it is a legitimate and credible mitigation technique it even could be possible to help businesses open up and revive the economy if we actually have uniform

Social distancing guidelines masks use and a number of other measures but since the government have had boxes so much since Trump himself has botched this so much this governor now is I don't know desperately trying to get some attention

From Donald Trump suing Keisha bottoms I mean why don't we just hand joe biden the presidency and Keisha boxes the vice presidency because what they're doing is highlighting that she is trying to save lives

While these what's the word these idiots these idiots just wanna push against mitigation measures that scientists and doctors that we're having on these shows all shows shows that go on Fox they all say masks use works

Hand sanitizer works social distancing works other countries have mitigated this virus and brought the numbers down and these people want the numbers to go up why to make quiche about a book better well I think they're two words

That you use because that are operative here stupid and desperate and and that is a dangerous combination particularly in the hands of a doesn't have the competency to figure out that mass save lives and that mass

Particularly when you're in the middle of a surge within your own state are there to to make sure you don't lose control of that situation what the mayor is doing and all she is saying is I'm not shutting down your business I'm not

Telling you can't you can't gather you can't socialize I'm just saying that you have to wear masks in order to protect yourselves in your community so there's a political side of this too and you put your finger on it at the end there

And that's what I want to ask Dave about that piece that the politics of this how how do how do elected officials reconcile because you're two very you know important elected officials in this space at two very opposite conclusions

As to how to safeguard the people in their community how should they be striking this balance I mean yes you can say well we got to follow the science or no we got to follow the business community but and they're legitimate

Issues raised in both of those quarters how did you do it in your state and how should elected officials across the states be looking at this issue when you have such diametrically opposed views on how to protect people this is about

Politics this is not about public safety the governor wants to run for president clearly he wants to inherit the Trump base this is about owning the lives this is shirts versus skins us versus them in Florida unfortunately the

Governor is also playing politics with this pandemic and he's refused to issue a mandatory masks order although he's not gone as far as repealing the local ordinances but still there's a model for doing this right you don't have to do it

That way you can be like governor Mike DeWine in Ohio who has a 75% popularity rating because he wants everyone to wear a mask and he refused to politicize this pandemic but meanwhile in Florida you've

Got no mandatory mask order you've got in order to open up all of our schools next month and you've got a million doses of the drug to chloroquine because the president recommended the drug so the governor

Ordered it so you that's a trump trifecta and I think it's sad because we should all be looking at Public Safety instead of politics when it comes to this unprecedented in our lifetimes pandemic but sadly the people in many

Red states are not feeling the kind of protection from their government as people in many blue states and that shouldn't happen all right State Attorney for Palm Beach County Dave Arenberg it's like we're talking in

Kindergarten speak I mean this is so basic thank you for being on thanks for checking out MSNBC on YouTube and make sure you subscribe to stay up-to-date on the day's biggest stories and you can click on any of the videos around us to

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