Republican Governor on Mt. Rushmore event: “There should have been face covers”


Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson (R) said Sunday “there should have been face covers” at the July 4 event at Mount Rushmore late last week.Hutchinson told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believed the event was a “good” way to “celebrate our independence” in a “controlled environment”. But he said he wanted more people to wear face covers.

“Obviously, I would have liked to see more face covers to set an example,” said Hutchinson.

“There is viral fatigue in our country right now, and you have to live your life. You cannot stop all activities, ”he said. “But you have to be in a controlled environment where you protect yourself and others and take it seriously.” “

Andrea Mitchell of NBC pushed Hutchinson, saying that there was “absolutely no social distancing” at the South Dakota event, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe protesters destroy the statue of Christopher Columbus to Baltimore “Independence Day” star Bill Pullman, urging Americans to wear a “mask of freedom” on July 4. assisted.

“There should have been masks,” he said. “They should have followed the guidelines there.”

But Hutchinson maintained that the event was taking place in a “controlled environment” because “it was not something planned at the last minute”.

The governor of Arkansas also said that if the president wanted to organize a rally within his state, “there should be social distancing and wearing a mask if you cannot get away from it socially.”

“You have to follow our guidelines, and that’s what we insist on,” he said.

President spoke at the Mount Rushmore outdoor event, Friday to a crowd without a mask. Trump himself hesitated to appear in public with a mask.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a mask in public, “especially when other measures of social distancing are difficult to maintain”.

Arkansas has confirmed 23,209 cases of COVID-19, causing 286 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. South Dakota, meanwhile, has recorded 7,028 total positive cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic and 97 deaths.


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