Kemp slaps down grandstanding Atlanta mayor’s mask law

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom rose to national prominence when she was placed on a shortlist of possible running mates for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and she never wastes an opportunity to garner attention.

The mayor should be spending her time addressing the rising crime in her city but she prefers to do media interviews yapping at President Donald Trump.

Bottom and other Democrats are loathe to talk about the deterioration of public safety in their cities as protesters rage about police brutality and bully politicians into defunding the police. She prefers to focus on resurrecting the Democratic hoax that Trump is a lawbreaker and criminal.

In the nearly five weeks since the June 12 killing of 27-year-old African American Rayshard Brooks by a white police officer at a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta, violence has surged in the city.

One week later a 24-year-old female was shot in the leg near Wendy’s during a shootout after a man and woman shot at a crowd of protesters from a car.

On June 20, a couple reported that they were injured when armed men attacked them with rocks and damaged their car as they drove past the area on their way to the interstateThat evening, a 35-year-old man was shot in the leg by a man who witnesses say fled the scene in a Dodge Challenger.

Later that night, a journalist was punched repeatedly at the Wendy’s parking lot by a group of men with guns who demanded his cellphone and threatened to kill him after he refused.

The most tragic event took place on July 4, when 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was killed after a group of armed men who blocked the road near the Wendy’s shot at a Jeep she was riding in with her mother and an adult friend as they tried to drive around a makeshift barrier.

One day later 53-year-old Christopher Brooks was killed at a gas station about 500 feet from the Wendy’s and two other men were injured in a crossfire.

Police charged a 19-year-old man on Wednesday with felony murder and aggravated assault in Turner’s death, and they are still looking for other persons of interest, including another man who appeared on video surveillance footage carrying an AR-15.

The teen denied firing his weapon and insisted he was a peaceful protester who only witnessed the shooting.

Bottom appeared on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday to attack the president after he attended an event at the Atlanta airport without wearing a mask. She accused him of ‘breaking the law’ because he violated her executive order requiring masks to be worn in the city.

 “Well, I was glad to see that the others on the tarmac did have their masks on,” said Bottom, but I signed an executive order that requires masks in the city of Atlanta, and specifically on city-owned property, which Atlanta-Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is. So, by not having on a mask, President Trump did violate law in the city of Atlanta.”

“But I am somehow not surprised that he disregarded our rules and regulations in this city. But it was encouraging to see that others did have some regard for what we’re doing and trying to accomplish in Atlanta,” she added.

“Well, if you are an average person out there in Atlanta, and you violate the law, what is the punishment if you don’t wear a mask in an area where you are required under city law to wear a mask?” Blitzer asked.

“Well, you can receive a citation, and you can be given a fine and up to six months in our city detention center, which it won’t happen to anyone. But you can certainly be given a citation,” said Bottom. “But what we have been doing in the city of Atlanta, encouraging people to wear masks and, where possible, giving them masks if they don’t have a face covering.”

Bottom told Blitzer she plans to give the president “a citation that sends him back to Washington, D.C.”

Hours after the mayor’s furious attack on the president, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp overruled Bottom and other local government officials in Georgia’s cities and counties that ordered people to wear masks in public places.

He issued a new executive order on Wednesday which voided orders of at least 15 local governments across the state, including Atlanta, that had adopted the measures after Kemp warned last week that cities and counties had no power to order masks. Kemp has instead been trying to encourage voluntary mask wearing.

According to the order, “State, county, or municipal law, order, ordinance, rule, or regulation that requires persons to wear face coverings, masks, face shields, or any other Personal Protective Equipment while in places of public accommodation or on public property are suspended to the extent that they are more restrictive than this Executive Order.”

The White House defended the president Wednesday night, insisting that he was following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when he attended the airport event.

“The president takes the health and safety of everyone traveling in support of himself and all White House operations very seriously,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement to CNN.

“When preparing for and carrying out any travel, White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office, to ensure plans incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible.”