WATCH: North Dakota’s GOP Gov. Tearfully Pleads With Residents to Wear Masks
There has been a strange dividing line among Republicans and Democrats about the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many Conservative lawmakers, including Donald Trump and Rand Paul, have made a show of their refusal to wear face coverings.
It is scientific fact, however, that wearing masks can play a part in preventing the disease from spreading. North Dakota’s Republican Governor Doug Burgam agrees with the science and recently pleaded with his residents to wear masks and public.
Burgum said during a Friday speech, “I would really love to see in North Dakota that we could just skip this thing that other parts of the nation are going through where they’re trading a divide — either it’s ideological or political or something — around masks versus no mask. This is a, I would say, senseless dividing line, and I would ask people to try to dial up your empathy and your understanding.”
Growing emotional, the North Dakota lawmaker continued, “If someone is wearing a mask, they’re not doing it to represent what political party they’re in or what candidates they support. They might be doing it because they’ve got a 5-year-old child who’s been going through cancer treatments. They might have vulnerable adults in their life who currently have covid, and they’re fighting.”
Burgum finished his remarks with an appeal to his citizenry. “I would just love to see our state, as part of being North Dakota Smart, also be North Dakota Kind, North Dakota Empathetic.”
Watch a video of Burgum’s speech below:
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