GOP governor offers emotional plea to the anti-mask crowd: Stop this senseless culture war

By Aaron Blake May 23, 2020 at 8:59 a.m. EDT

As states across the country have gradually pushed forward with reopening in recent weeks, protesters representing a small but apparently growing movement — especially within the Republican Party — have continued to push for it to go faster. And one very visible thing has somehow turned into a perceived political statement: wearing a mask.

A reporter at a Minnesota news station — one who happens to be an old college friend of mine — was even harassed this week for wearing a mask while covering these protests.

Across the border in North Dakota, though, GOP Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday offered a plea to stop the madness.

Burgum suggested the debate over masks was being needlessly politicized and that those who are bucking federal health officials’ guidance should rethink their posture.

“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,” Burgum said. “This is a, I would say, senseless dividing line, and I would ask people to try to dial up your empathy and your understanding.”

The subtext of the remarks was pretty clear: This is a needless culture war.

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  1. Don’t forget to make full attribution to source material. Also deeply curious why anyone thinks what Winchester needs is an insulating bubble for progressivism. We live in a rural part of the state: don’t we need to figure out how to work with our neighbors, instead of creating safe spaces online?

    1. Thank you for your comment and especially your reminder about proper attributions. On the matter of living rural and figuring out how to work with our neighbors, I’m all in. Until someone smarter than me figures out how to do that I’m just trying to give a voice to a poorly represented, ofter maligned, and grossly underserved segment of our rural citizenry. I don’t mean to hurt anyone in any way. That would be a complete anathema to my core beliefs. I’m just offering a perspective too seldom available in rural Virginia. If anyone is offended by anything here, please stop reading immediately. Our intent is not to offend anyone – except maybe Trump is he’s reading – but then again we know he can’t read so we’re safe there. Please enjoy.

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