Wearing a face covering to stop the spread of coronavirus should not be a political issue, said North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who pleaded for folks to “dial up your empathy.”
He wants his state to skip what he called a “senseless dividing line” around wearing masks, Burgum said.
“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 have a 5-year-old child who’s been going through cancer treatments,” Burgum said Friday, his voice breaking as he became emotional. “They might have vulnerable adults in their life who currently have COVID and they’re fighting.”
Burgum, a Republican, said he wanted his state to be “North Dakota kind” and “North Dakota empathetic.”
The state does not have a requirement to wear masks.
A clip of Burgum speaking that was tweeted by The Recount has been viewed more than 1 million times.
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