At a White House event, Trump tried to fearmonger about guns by claiming that farmers need guns to protect their potatoes in Virginia.
Trump said, “We’re going after Virginia with your crazy governor. They want to take your Second Amendment away. You know that, right? Nobody guarding your potatoes.”
TRUMP: "We're going after Virginia, with your crazy governor, we're going after Virginia. They want to take your Second Amendment away. You'll have nobody guarding your potatoes." pic.twitter.com/0ep30Tw15u
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 19, 2020
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam responded by telling Trump to stop taking hydroxychloroquine:
I grew up on a Virginia farm, Mr. President—our potatoes are fine. And as the only medical doctor among our nation's governors, I suggest you stop taking hydroxychloroquine.
Let's all get back to work. https://t.co/eay8saxcK1
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) May 19, 2020
Trump is trying to fearmonger on guns in the most deranged way possible. Gov. Northam was smart not to take the bait, but instead, he turned the conversation back to something that Donald Trump definitely does not want to talk about.
Trump will talk about anything other than the coronavirus and his response. It is not known for certain whether Trump is really taking the drug or not, but what is important is that he is trying to persuade other people to do it, and that is what Northam rightly called out in his reply to the President.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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