Rep. Doug Collins Criticizes Georgia Governor’s Plan to Partially Reopen the State

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is receiving more criticism from within his own party over his decision to allow some businesses to begin reopening.

During a “Fox & Friends” interview, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) criticized Kemp for his plans to begin to reopen the state, “The president wants the country open. I want the country open. The governor wants the country open. The problem is how do you do it? And I think that’s the problem with leadership.”

Collins continued to say he believes Kemp’s plan is poorly executed because he did not lift the stay-at-home order, but said certain businesses could begin to reopen as early as Friday.

“Leadership is about communicating, and when you are not communicating clearly — look, the governor did not take away the stay-at-home order, but yet selectively decided certain businesses are going to open up.”

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Collins also blasted Kemp for apparently not consulting with localities before unveiling his plan, “My concern was not having the local input into that.”

“But when you’re telling people to still stay at home, but yet we’re going to open certain businesses, that creates a problem in which people are not sure what to do,” he added.

Earlier this week, Kemp said that certain businesses such as salons, barbershops, spas, and gyms could open as early as Friday.

Kemp has been criticized for his plan by both Republicans and Democrats, as IJR previously reported.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Georgia is “going too fast too soon.”

And on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he told Kemp that he “disagrees strongly” with his plan to lift restrictions. He said, “It’s just too soon.”

However, he added, “I want him to do what he thinks is right. But I disagree with him on what he’s doing.”

Responses

  1. Scott, hospitals see new cases every day. How do you know there will be an increase? Have you looked @ Sweden that never had a lockdown? Look at their deaths/1M it’s only 150 vs Spain or Italy with over 500 deaths/M. Why is that? How has the lockdown helped Spain and Italy and lack of lockdowns hurt Sweden? Hint: it hasn’t. I question whether the Media Driven Hysteria saying we all should hide under a blanket in our living room, does any good at all whatsoever.

  2. So…how do these businesses operate if allowed to open with people having to still stay home? The gov has made a premature and bad decision with this half baked plan. How does a salon exercise social distancing? And please know, gov…some people will trust your decision because they don’t question authority. These same people believe fake and/or distorted biased news.

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