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Michigan AG issues state ban threat against Trump, and a fundraising appeal

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Michigan attorney general, Dana Nessel, took to Twitter Thursday night to chastise President Trump for violating Michigan’s mask order in his visit to Ford Motor Company.

Her tweet included a fundraising appeal at ActBlue to donate from $10 to $1000 to her campaign.

Ford says that Trump wore a mask for part of the visit, but removed it for part of the visit because he didn’t want the press to see him with a mask on.

“Bill Ford encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived,” the company said in the statement. “He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit.”

Trump later told the press: “I wore one in this back area, but I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.

Subsequently, Nessel, speaking specifically as AG, told Wolf Blitzer that Trump is no longer welcome in Michigan.

Question: “Is the President no longer welcome in Michigan?”

From The Hill: Michigan AG Dana Nessel: “I will say, speaking on behalf of my department and my office — that’s right!”

Trump replied by calling Nessel a “Do nothing AG,” in Tweet.

The photos of the president’s mask show black mask with presidential seal on it.  

The Michigan attorney general set up the drama previously with an open letter to Trump citing the legal, moral and social responsibilities that reside in all people to not spread the coronavirus. The letter also cited Michigan governor’s executive order instituting social distancing requirements and facial covering requirements.

Masks have become the latest front in the ongoing war about reopening the country.

Some have questioned the efficacy of cloth coverings because the virus is small enough to penetrate through cloth. Nonetheless, the CDC and many state governments recommend facial coverings saying the provide some measure of protection against the spread of the virus.

Other states require facial covering of some sort in certain situations.

Portions of 38 states, including New York, Maryland, Hawaii, Connecticut, Michigan and Pennsylvania now have face-covering requirements while in public areas, says CNET. “That means they will need to cover their nose and mouths with a homemade or purchased mask, a scarf, a bandana or similar.”

However, a study conducted in 2015 says that, at least for health care workers (HCW), cloth coverings are dangerous.

“Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in an increased risk of infection,” says the study authors. “Further research is needed to inform the widespread use of cloth masks globally. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations.”

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