This is what happens when you hitch your wagon to a congenital liar who is loyal to no one but himself, and who has already said "I don't take responsibility at all" when it comes to the coronavirus.
Trump already threw Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp under the bus once back in April, when he turned on a dime and "went from celebrating that “Our Country is starting to OPEN FOR BUSINESS again” to criticizing Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen businesses, including hair salons and gyms."
Despite that flip-flop, Trump has continued to demand that businesses open back up, continued pushing the conspiracy theory that the pandemic is just a hoax created to keep him from being reelected, and has been just as reckless with his demands that schools reopen for in-person class, consequences be damned.
This Wednesday, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway took her turn tossing GOP governors such as Kemp and others who went along with Trump's push to reopen their economies too quickly under the bus as well during a press briefing outside of the White House, and did her best to pretend her boss never tweeted this back in April.
Here's more from The National Memo: Kellyanne Tries To Absolve Trump And Blame Governors For Reopening ’Too Early’ :
White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway claimed on Wednesday that states reopened "a little too quickly."
Conway also defended Trump, saying it was a "false rumor" that he said he would be "in charge of" reopening the states.
But that is almost exactly what Trump said in April as he pushed reopening. [...]
From a July 22 press briefing:KELLYANNE CONWAY: Some of these states blew through our gated criteria, blew through our phases, and they opened up some of the industries a little too quickly, like bars. And I'm personally a loud voice in those task force meetings to say, "Look, are we going to open bars now or schools in two or four or six or eight months?"
And I think as a nation, we probably want to open both, but as a nation there are many people who just need the certainty of are their kids going back to school full time, are they learning from home, etc.?
So, remember the governors wanted complete latitude over when they would open their states. They pushed back heavily, handsomely — Republicans and Democrats — when it was falsely rumored that the president was going to be in charge of opening the states.
He's a federalist, he believes in states' rights.
REPORTER: He encouraged them to open.
CONWAY: Well, but not everybody has. And remember, he pushed back on the governor of Georgia, a Republican, who he frankly helped get elected. He pushed back on him early, and some people didn't like that, but he did that, because he said publicly, to all of you, "I think it's just a little too early. Why don't we wait a little bit longer?"
So, the president was on the record doing that long before these other states decided when they would open or not. But, I think the president also sees that if he provides information to the public as the president, he's also giving people guideposts as to how to do our part to help flatten that curve.
They still haven't figured out that you can't con your way out of this pandemic. How many more Americans have to die before Republicans finally start to turn on him?