““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 creating 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.”

North Dakota’s Doug Burgum’s tearful plea to wear masks during coronavirus