Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota, got emotional on Friday when he asked residents to wear a face mask and not turn the act into a political struggle.
"I would really like to see in North Dakota that we could skip this thing that other parts of the nation are going through, where they create a gap – either ideologically or politically or something – to mask against no mask," said a Republican, Burgum said at a press conference on Friday.
Burgum described the political debate on whether to wear facial covering in public as a "pointless dividing line" and urged his citizens to "try to promote (their) empathy and understanding".
No masks are currently required in North Dakota. There has been fierce debate as all 50 states have begun to relax home orders, whether face coverings – and especially their requirements in some areas – are required, especially among people who believe the COVID-19 pandemic is excessive or believes in prescribed masks are a violation of civil liberties, such as The Associated Press reported.
The President was photographed without a mask during a Friday visit to a Ford manufacturing facility in Michigan, although he said he wore one during a tour of the factory, but took it off because he didn't want the media to see him wearing it. Trump also said he was wearing a "behind the scenes" mask while visiting a Honeywell factory on May 6. Vice President Mike Pence was also photographed without a mask when he visited the Mayo Clinic in late April.
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The president allegedly fears that wearing a face mask could reduce his chances of reelection and make him look ridiculous.
It wasn't just White House leaders petting departments around the facewear. Missouri Governor Mike Parson defended his decision to work without a mask earlier this month when he visited a veterinary store in Joplin, Missouri. He said he did not think it was the "place of government" to determine whether residents should wear a face mask in public, and it was up to the individual.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said last month that Ohio people were required to wear face masks in reopened stores, despite saying after protest that this was only a recommendation and his mandate had "gone too far." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended wearing face covers in public in April, although U.S. leaders had previously said that masks should only be worn by medical professionals or people who tested positive for COVID-19 .
"When someone wears a mask, they are not doing this to show which political party they are in or which candidate they are supporting. They may be doing it because they have a 5-year-old child undergoing cancer treatment," said Said Burgum when his voice began to shake and he paused for a moment.
"You could have vulnerable adults who currently have COVID and are fighting," he added. "So again I would like to see our state as part of being & # 39;North Dakota Smart"Be sensitive to North Dakota art, North Dakota."