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With eight-year-old children being gunned down in the streets of Atlanta while Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued executive orders “dramatically” tightening the rules of engagement for police, the Democrat embraces political gamesmanship.

With the Black Lives Matter police brutality narrative losing its luster, the left has pivoted back to the coronavirus pandemic and Bottoms announced last week Atlanta was rolling back to “Phase 1″ status, which could threaten the very survival of many businesses.

“Georgia reopened in a reckless manner,” Bottoms declared. “And the people of our city and state are suffering the consequences.”

And this week, after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order banning city and county officials from requiring people to wear masks out in public, Bottoms openly defied the order.

Calling a mandatory mask requirement a “bridge too far,” Kemp has said that such an order is unenforceable. At the same time, he continues to urge people to wear masks.

Responding to the mayor’s defiance, Kemp is suing Bottoms.

“This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times. These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth,” Kemp said in a social media post on the lawsuit.

“Just like sending in the Georgia National Guard to protect those living in our capital city from crime and violence, I refuse to sit back and watch as disastrous policies threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens. We will fight to stop these reckless actions and put people over pandemic politics,” he continued.

Bottoms responded on Twitter to first play the victim, before adding, “A better use of tax payer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing.”

This being a familiar tactic by the left — call for more testing, then slam Republicans in areas that show a jump in cases. Just ask Florida, which is experiencing intense media scrutiny, even as the state tested 144,000 people in one day over the weekend.

Given a platform on NBC’s “Today,” Bottoms said on Friday, “The filing of a lawsuit is simply bizarre, quite frankly.”

In that same appearance, she accused President Donald Trump of “violating the law” by not wearing a mask when he visited the city Thursday.

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, another Democrat, took to Twitter on Wednesday to attack Kemp, claiming the governor “does not give a damn” about Georgians.

“It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us. It is officially every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can,” Johnson tweeted. “In #Savannah, we will continue to keep the faith and follow the science. Our masks will continue to be available.”

Note that Kemp’s executive order said nothing about the “availability” of masks.

Tom Tillison

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