As virus cases in Georgia continue to grow, President Donald Trump arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday ahead of remarks at a UPS airport hub.
Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp met Trump on the tarmac, and neither was wearing a mask (Kemp later donned a mask only after realizing he was on camera), but the President remained maskless.
Atlanta has a mandatory mask policy in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, so while Georgia's Republican Governor was happy to welcome Trump, Democratic Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was none too happy to see the President violating local laws as she appeared on MSNBC.
“Well Donald Trump is actually violating the law as he stands on our tarmac without a mask” https://t.co/45xMzF1ocx— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi) 1594842292.0
In an appearance on MSNBC, Mayor Bottoms said:
"Well Donald Trump is actually violating the law as he stands on our tarmac without a mask, and the city of Atlanta owns and operates Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest in the world, and in Atlanta and our city-controlled assets, we have a mandate that you should have on a mask. So I am very glad to see that the others on the tarmac are heeding the law in Atlanta, but it's not surprising to me that Donald Trump is once again breaking it."
Mayor Bottoms recently tested positive for the virus herself and has stressed to the citizens of Atlanta the importance of adhering to the guidance of health experts.
People agreed with her takedown of Trump as he flouted the mandatory measure.
@Acyn He's so disrespectful.— Lynn Hearn (@Lynn Hearn) 1594842502.0
@Acyn The temperature rose 500 degrees when that plane touched ground. 👺— Rain💙Votes🏳️🌈🤓😷 (@Rain💙Votes🏳️🌈🤓😷) 1594846316.0
@Acyn LAW AND ORDER Did I do that right?— Rockin' Robin (@Rockin' Robin) 1594843130.0
@Acyn @SpiroAgnewGhost When is he NOT breaking the law.— Pugs4JOE 🐾 ✌️💙💙🌊 (@Pugs4JOE 🐾 ✌️💙💙🌊) 1594842630.0
Trump's politicization of mask wearing is widely seen as a substantial hindrance to Americans' collective health.
Imagine for a second if Trump had been promoting masks 4 months ago instead of hawking chloroquine. It is tragic… https://t.co/837qQOLJdi— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich) 1594604806.0
Instead of doing everything to attack the virus, Trump wants us to believe that without testing, without masks, and… https://t.co/hxOI2GLFze— Ken Olin (@Ken Olin) 1594649253.0
Trump is so inept he can’t even manage face masks and gloves. But sure, let him call the shots on cities reopening and schools starting.— Mystery Solvent (@Mystery Solvent) 1594843057.0
We are the country of no masks, no brains, many guns, and rampant COVID. Thank you, President Donald J. Trump! https://t.co/VJA2O5g7E0— David Halperin (@David Halperin) 1594846984.0
The President has worn a mask in public one time.