Shaw: Burgum shows us what true leadership looks like | Grand Forks Herald

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With the coronavirus pandemic surging towards 5 million cases and 155,000 deaths in the U.S., it’s time to compare North Dakota Republican Gov. Burgum with President Trump in several key areas.

Initial Reaction. When the pandemic struck, Burgum took decisive action, such as shutting down schools, restaurants and bars. When Trump was informed of the impending pandemic, he did basically nothing, and wasted valuable time. He should have been ordering more testing kits, more medical supplies, working on a vaccine, and working on a social distancing plan. Instead, he called it a hoax and said it would go away. Approach. Burgum, using real data, convincingly made the case for how serious the coronavirus is. Trump pushed a drug that doesn’t work and suggested taking disinfectants, which could kill us. Trump falsely claimed 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless, disgracefully stopped funding the World Health Organization, bashed Dr. Fauci, threatened school districts, dangerously urged states to open too soon, and has no plan to stop the out of control virus. Testing. Under Burgum, North Dakota is one of the leaders in the nation for testing. Several mass testing events have been held throughout the state. Trump says we wouldn’t have …

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