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Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com via AP / Georgia Governor Brian Kemp adjusts his mask as he greets President Donald Trump, who wears no masks, during his Georgia visit Wednesday to talk about an infrastructure overhaul at the UPS Hapeville hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where the mayor had mandated masks.

Kemp's shameless mask play

Shame on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

Even as the state continues to experience sharp increases in coronavirus cases, the Republican governor who never misses a opportunity to kowtow to President Donald Trump last week sued to stop Atlanta from enforcing some of its coronavirus-related rules, including a mandate to wear a face covering in public.

Kemp's lawsuit alleges that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, lacked the authority to implement a mask requirement and that she must obey Kemp's executive orders, including one signed Wednesday that explicitly bans municipalities from enacting face-covering ordinances.

Kemp's lawsuit also asks the court to knock down Bottoms' July 10 order that the city return to Phase 1 reopening, which requires that people return to sheltering at home and that restaurants close their dining rooms.

What is wrong with this man? His order overriding the judgment of Bottoms and other mayors came on the same day Georgia recorded its second-highest number of cases since the start of the pandemic — tallying 3,871 cases and 37 deaths. That's just one day.

And then after the mayor declared that Trump violated the city order by showing up without a face covering, Gov. Kemp sued her city.

Remember, this is playing out just to our south. Chattanooga is but about three miles from the Georgia/Tennessee state line.

Maybe those in Hamilton County who don't want to follow Mayor Jim Coppinger's mask mandate can just slip on down to the Peach State.

 

Did Trump's niece out-Trump him?

It must be making Donald Trump even crazier than he already is that his own niece is now dishing on him as he so loves to do to everyone else.

Mary L. Trump is talking freely now, and her book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man," is making the rounds of news organizations and headlines.

Speaking out now after a judge ruled Trump couldn't stop the book or force her to be silent, she told The Washington Post on Wednesday that watching the country's leadership devolve into "a macro version of my incredibly dysfunctional family" was one of the factors that compelled her to write the book.

Mary Trump, with a doctoral degree in psychology, said she blames "almost 100 percent" her grandfather, Fred Trump — whom she describes as a "sociopath" — for creating the conditions that led to Donald Trump's rise and what she views as his dangerous presidency.

As in her extended family, Mary Trump said a similar dynamic is playing out on the national stage, with President Trump simultaneously possessing "an unerring instinct for finding people who are weaker than he is," while also being "eminently usable by people who are stronger and savvier than he is" and eager to exploit him.

The book on Thursday was nearing 1 million sales.

To both the Post and MSNBC, Mary Trump said, "Growing up, it was sort of normal to hear them use the n-word or use anti-Semitic expressions." She also told MSNBC she'd heard those words from Trump himself.

The White House, of course, says it's all lies.

Surely no one is shocked.

 

The pollsters aren't shocked

Trump's "abysmal polling" is damaging Republicans' chances in House races, a nonpartisan analysis suggests.

House Democrats are picking up more momentum in their effort to protect their majority — and could even pick up seats in November — according to new projections by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

The new analysis published Friday prompted the political handicappers to move their ratings in 20 congressional races in favor of Democrats, according to The New York Times.

Again, surely no one is shocked.

Voters are signaling their dissatisfaction with Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and Democratic incumbents and candidates are posting staggering fund-raising numbers

Maybe if virus counts can't get our Republican politicians' attention, polling numbers can.

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