Annapolis, MD– During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Governor Larry Hogan today discussed Maryland’s response to the COVID-19 Omicron outbreak and the current state of the Republican Party in America.
On COVID-19 in Maryland:
“We are doing much, much better than a few weeks ago with the Omicron surge peaking in our state and everywhere else across the country, but we have taken many steps to try and turn the tide , and now we have the largest drop in hospitalizations of the 50 states.
“We have the lowest case rate in America, of any state in the country, and so that’s very encouraging, but that’s not behind us. We’re moving in the right direction, and we’re not going to give up the fight, but it’s looking much better than when we had very serious runs on our hospitals and overloaded our healthcare workers and too many people were falling sick. So we are going in the right direction.
“We had almost reached the peak of the whole crisis, but our state is one of the most vaccinated in America. We’re 94.4% vaccinated with at least one dose, and we’re 5th best in the nation for mask compliance with no statewide mask mandate, but people are just doing what they want. ‘it is necessary and follow the very clear advice that we ‘ that I have been giving for two years.
Why Republican Governors Succeed in Blue States:
“Successful politics is about addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division, and so we were able to win in a blue state by appealing not only to the Republican base, but also independents and suburban women. and getting 35% of the black vote, winning over Asians and Hispanics is a formula for success nationwide.
“Donald Trump’s formula was we lost the White House, we lost the Senate, we lost the House, we lost the governors, and we lost the state legislatures. It’s not a winning formula by shrinking the base and shrinking the tent.