Hundreds of North Dakotans gathered at the State Capitol last week to push for Gov. Doug Burgum to reopen all state businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A protest created from a Facebook page hosted by Health Freedom North Dakota brought out a large crowd of North Dakotans to the State Capitol, reports NBC’s KFYR-TV.
Governor Burgum cautioned residents that the worst impacts of COVID-19 are still to come.
“We are not far enough down that track to safely lift business closures at this time. As you saw from the numbers today, the numbers continue to climb and the peak for North Dakota is likely still ahead,” said Burgum on April 15 about reopening businesses.
“We need our businesses opened up. We need to get back to work. We have kids to feed. We can’t wait for checks to come to us,” said Belfield resident Deborah Hutzenbeler, who was seen wearing what appeared to be the remains of an N95 mask that had been butchered with a scissor.
Hutzenbeler quickly became an internet meme with social media users mocking her bizarre choice of face gear, which many said resembled a jockstrap or muzzle.
Wtf am I looking at? Are they muzzled?
— MadameBovary (@MadameB57469714) April 28, 2020
— Snick (@SnickOld) April 28, 2020
Is this the So Long Karens, a new musical group?
— Lydia Darragh (@TBlu46) April 28, 2020
Of course- what a pain in the ass to pull the mask down for every sip of the bleach. https://t.co/wQhXjp3STq
— dry rubbed chicken wing (@RubbedDry) April 28, 2020
I'm going to need a "where are they now" update on all these people next year
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) April 27, 2020
Nice addition to the earlier specimens of WALKING DEAD MAGAts pic.twitter.com/ecI4yxUs3D
— No one (@ungubunugu1274) April 27, 2020
gop campaign poster
tagline: ‘there’s more important things than living’
— 🏝 Kim (@kim) April 28, 2020
Thank you I didn't want to ask that 😁
— B.S. Champion (@JamesBa05440557) April 28, 2020
Watch the local news report featuring Hutzenbeler, below: