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Arkansas GOP governor on Trump rallies: There shouldn't be mass gatherings without social distancing

Arkansas GOP governor on Trump rallies: There shouldn't be mass gatherings without social distancing
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Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonArkansas governor: Trump, all leaders need to 'be truthful and realistic' Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day State officials plead for more info on vaccine distribution plans MORE (R) said Sunday that large public events, including campaign rallies for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE, should not take place without social distancing efforts.

Hutchinson, asked on CNN’s “State of the Union,” if he would feel comfortable with his family attending such a rally, noted that such rallies offer masks and screening for attendees.

“Certainly, we want to have an engagement in the presidential campaign this year. It is the topic, as it should be. But, yes, there should not be any mass gathering without social distancing. The social distancing is so important, or wear a mask,” Hutchinson said. “If you're going to sit next to somebody, wear a mask. And it's important that we have seen, by illustration, the challenge of the virus in a spreader event when you don't socially distance.”

Hutchinson during the interview also addressed the alleged kidnapping plot targeting Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerProsecutors say bomb materials discovered in connection with Whitmer kidnapping plot Flirting with militias: What America can learn from the Middle East Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (D), as well as Whitmer saying extremists were emboldened by Trump's attacks on her.

Hutchinson condemned the alleged plot but also blasted Whitmer for connecting it to Trump, who tweeted “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” during the state’s lockdown.

“There should not be any connection with the president. Governor Whitmer should not be making politics out of this. It is a law enforcement issue. It -- in the '80s, I prosecuted, as a U.S. attorney, a white supremacist group, the radical right,” Hutchinson said. “Whether it's anarchists or whether it's the radical right, you stand against it. You enforce the law. You don't make politics out of it.”