DFL rep: Pence "law and order" visit is distraction from COVID-19

Updated: September 24, 2020 08:34 PM

A DFL representative says Vice President Mike Pence's "Cops for Trump" event in Minneapolis is a distraction from the real issue: COVID-19. 

Bernadine Engledorf, first vice president for the Minnesota Nurses Association, said there is a lack of federal leadership in the effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

"We need to do it right. And we need our federal government behind us," Engledorf said. 

She said she feels the Trump campaign is spreading fear. 

"Public safety absolutely is a necessary thing, and public safety is a public health issue," Engledorf said. "So we do have to address public safety, but not to the point where we're creating divisiveness amongst our communities and creating a safety risk that way by ignoring what we really need to be focusing on." 

She feels politics has interfered with healthcare and public health policy. 

During their visit, Pence and Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and advisor, spoke with the owner of a hair salon that was burned during riots after George Floyd's death. 

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