because red states aren't run by morons.
#2 | POSTED BY STC_917
The cream of the crop?
Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma
On Saturday night, March 14, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt tweeted out a photo of himself and his children at a crowded restaurant. "Eating with my kids and all my fellow Oklahomans at Collective OKC!" Stitt exulted, "It's packed tonight!"
The next day, Stitt declared a statewide emergency "caused by the impending threat of COVID-19 to the people of this State and the public's peace, health, and safety."
The very next day after the order was issued, Stitt's chief of communications clarified the sweep of the order:
"The governor will continue to take his family out to dinner and to the grocery store without living in fear and encourages Oklahomans to do the same."
Tate Reeves, Mississippi
"Mississippi's never going to be China. Mississippi's never going to be North Korea."
Kay Ivey, Alabama
"Y'all, we are not Louisiana. Right now is not the time to order people to shelter in place."
Ron DeSantis, Florida
For weeks, in the face of this thoroughly predictable crisis, Florida governor Ron DeSantis resisted issuing a statewide stay at home order, which he called "not advisable" because the virus supposedly wasn't affecting "every corner of the state." Never mind that this statement wasn't true, and that the Florida numbers were artificially depressed due to lack of testing in most of the state.
Brian Kemp, Georgia
April 1, 2020: Georgia governor Brian Kemp explains why he waited until April Fool's Day to issue a statewide stay-at-home order: "We didn't know that [the virus can be spread by people without symptoms] until the last 24 hours. This is a game changer for us!"
(Honorable mention for Texas "There are more important things than living" Greg Abbott and WV Jim Justice)