For the record, Trump claims that “I told the governor of Georgia Brian Kemp that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines for the incredible people of Georgia.” CNN’s “source familiar with the call” says that’s not what happened, and the answer to the question “who do you believe, Donald Trump or an anonymous source” must almost always be the anonymous source. Especially when you consider the sum total of what Trump had been saying about states lifting shutdown orders right up until that Wednesday evening press briefing.
”States are safely coming back,” he tweeted Wednesday morning, with not a mention of “except Georgia, whose governor I told I strongly disagreed with his reopening decision.” So, yeah, his about-face came during the day on Wednesday.
Kemp responded with a series of tweets claiming, laughably, that “Our next measured step is driven by data and guided by state public health officials.” He did not indicate any second thoughts on the decision, saying he’s “confident that business owners who decide to reopen will adhere to Minimum Basic Operations, which prioritize the health and well-being of employees and customers,” though inquiring minds still want to know how you can get a haircut or massage from someone standing six feet away.
Donald Trump is lying, again, which is no surprise. But it’s about the most consequential thing happening in the nation today, and we have to remember every time he speaks that he will never change, which means he will always lie. And again, it sure is interesting—and a little scary—to consider what he might have been told during the day on Wednesday to so dramatically change his tune.