As the Virus Marches from Atlanta to the Sea

MEANWHILE, ORANGE MAN HANGS GOVERNOR DEATH OUT TO DRY: MINNESOTA, MICHIGAN, AND VIRGINIA NEED LIBERATING; GEORGIA? NOT SO MUCH

Gov. Kemp, who probably attends church frequently, ought to have heeded the prescient words of the psalmist: “Put not your trust in princes.”

This evening, the Atlanta Journal-Consitution reports,

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “totally” disagreed with Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to roll back coronavirus restrictions and allow shuttered businesses such as nail salons and barber shops to reopen this week.

Refusing to reverse course, Kemp said he would still allow close-contact businesses to resume operations on Friday in order to “protect the lives — and livelihoods — of all Georgians.”

The split between the two allies came as a surprise to Kemp’s administration, and just a day after the president praised the governor’s response to a pandemic that’s killed hundreds of Georgians and sickened more than 21,000.

Saying it was “just too soon” to let tattoo parlors, bowling alleys and other shuttered businesses reopen, Trump’s rebuke undermined Kemp’s aggressive strategy to restart Georgia’s struggling economy.

“They can wait a little bit longer. Safety has to predominate,” the president said.

“Would I do that? No,” he added. “I want to protect people’s lives. But I’m going to let him make his decision. But I told him I totally disagree.”

The two men spoke late Tuesday in what aides to Kemp described as a productive conversation about Kemp’s approach, and top Georgia Republicans said they had no indication that Trump would undercut his strategy.

Well, I will have to say this about Governor Death. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.