Overheard in the elevator, well press conference really. During the April 15, 2020 press conference, Governor Hogan honored American Sign Language interpreter, Jimmy Beldon with the Governor’s Citation for his translation work to our deaf and hard of hearing community. During the presentation, Hogan after spending over 30 minutes touching a podium and fondling his speech papers, touched his chin and mouth area to sign “thank you”. That hand then touched the framed award. That award was then handed to Mr. Beldon, where they both then held it while posing for pictures.
At the same press conference, during the question and answer session Hogan can be heard telling a reporter, “It’s hard to hear with the masks on by the way” and then presumably after she removes her mask, “you’re not in a retail location so it’s OK.”
Both highlight the arbitrary and unscientific nature of the government mandate to wear face covering in the name of public safety.
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