Popular Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan, who has criticised President Donald Trump’s comments in the wake of the death of George Floyd, including his description of protesters as “thugs” and tweeting “When the looting starts, the shooting starts”, now fears that gatherings across the country to protest Floyd’s killing could lead to a rise in Covid-19 cases across the US, stating that the President’s comments were “not helpful” and that he is “continuing to escalate the rhetoric”.
Hogn added: “It’s just the opposite of the message that should have been coming out of the White House.”
Maryland’s biggest city saw serious rioting in 2015, over the death at the hands of police of Freddie Gray, who sustained fatal injuries in custody.
“Our theory was kind of peace through strength,” he said. “We did not let it escalate to violence, where crowds were overpowering police. But we separated the violent acts and the destructive acts from the peaceful protesting,” Hogan told CNN in an interview.