Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Republicans protest efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19. The GOP is not the party of life

Republican managed protests against the efforts to contain and mitigate effects of COVID–19 seem more criminal than just “recklessness.” That’s because congregating en masse without even the most rudimentary personal protections will result in (and has resulted in) the spread of the coronavirus and deaths.

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post wants us to Hold these Republicans accountable for deaths caused by recklessness.

Could Trumpers protesting in crowds without masks, Floridians heading for beaches and Texans visiting parks in metropolitan areas spark new outbreaks, leading to more hospitalizations and deaths? Quite possibly, yes. Those who congregate for protests or recreation endanger not only themselves but also others. Elderly Americans and those with compromised immune systems (including from cancer treatment and heart and lung disease) remain among the most vulnerable. What is most disturbing, however, is how little Republican leaders and their cult followers seem to care about protecting life. Some in the self-proclaimed pro-life party are being anything but protective of innocent life.

Here is my nomination for an addition to Rubin’s list. Gov. Brian Kemp sets Georgia on aggressive course to reopen, putting his state at center of deepening national debate

The announcement from Kemp (R), who was among the last of the nation’s governors to impose a statewide stay-at-home directive, caused blowback from public health experts, who said the state did not yet meet the criteria issued by the White House, and set up a potential confrontation with the mayor of Atlanta and leaders from other cities advising residents to stay at home.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) condemned the decision.

“More than 19,000 Georgians have tested positive for covid–19 and the numbers continue to increase,” she said in a statement. “It is the governor’s prerogative to make this decision for the state, but I will continue to urge Atlanta to stay at home, stay safe and make decisions based on the best interests of their families.”

Had Kemp not stolen the election, Georgia’s actions would have been dramatically different and for the better under Stacey Abrams as Georgia’s Governor. Abrams is one candidate for Biden’s running mate.

Stacey Abrams Is the Only Vice Presidential Pick for Joe Biden. Here’s Why. She’s succeeded at everything she’s ever done (except one rigged election). And she excites millions. You bet she’s ready.

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