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The mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, is claiming that President Trump is behind a lawsuit filed against her.
There is only one problem. There is no evidence to back up her claim.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
“I don’t think it’s happenstance that this lawsuit came the day after Donald Trump visited Atlanta, and I pointed out that he was violating city law by not having on a mask at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport,” she said on Today. She went on to say she “absolutely” believes the governor’s lawsuit was brought at the bidding of the president.
Georgia governor Brian Kemp’s (R.) lawsuit against Bottoms and the Atlanta city council challenges her city-wide mask mandate as “void and unenforceable” and also targets other coronavirus restrictions such as closing dining rooms. Kemp has urged Georgians to wear masks to help contain coronavirus but said he will not implement a statewide order. In a statement, he said he filed the suit on behalf of business owners and their employees.
Bottoms, who is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, hedged in a later interview on CBS This Morning when asked again if she thought Trump was behind Kemp’s lawsuit.
“I can’t speak to whatever conversations that they had, but I do know our governor is a Trump loyalist, and he seems to work very hard to please the president of the United States, and that is often at the expense of the people in our state,” she said.
Bottoms is considered a contender to be Joe Biden’s pick to be his running mate.