President Joe Biden on Thursday delivered an imperious, tyrannical speech annoucncing the federal vaccine mandates that he was decreeing by executive order.
“In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant,” the AP reported.
“Speaking at the White House, Biden sharply criticized the roughly 80 million Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives,” the report said.
Biden on people who haven't gotten vaccinated:
"We've been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us." pic.twitter.com/Hj4jnmWpuX
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 9, 2021
“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” Biden said. “And your refusal has cost all of us.”
President Biden also specifically threatened resistant Republican governors by saying that would he use his executive powers to “get them out of the way.”
“Let me be blunt,” Biden said. “My plan also takes on elected officials in states that are undermining you in these life-saving actions. Right now local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their salaries or their jobs. Talk about bullying the schools.”
“If they’ll not help, if these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way,” he added. “The Department of Education has already begun to take legal action against states undermining protection that local school officials have ordered.”
Republican governors have begun to issue their responses to the federal government’s overreach and the president’s threats.
“South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom,” Noem wrote. “JoeBiden see you in court.”
South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom. @JoeBiden see you in court.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 9, 2021
Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp also responded to Biden’s remarks.
“I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration,” Kemp tweeted.
I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration.
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) September 9, 2021
The Biden administration has said repeatedly that it would not issue federal vaccine mandates.
In December, then President-Elect Biden made the pronouncement that he wouldn’t make vaccines mandatory. Watch:
“I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory,” Biden said at a news conference in Wilmington, Del. “Just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide.”
“I’ll do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters,” he said.
On July 25, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said a vaccine mandate was “not the federal government’s role.” In May, Psaki effectively said the same thing, as well.
“President Joe Biden’s administration had no plans to impose a federal vaccination mandate or database, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed at a Friday press briefing,” the Daily Caller reported.
However, on Thursday is going to break his administration’s promises to the American people and issue the most sweeping set of federal vaccine mandates in U.S. history, affecting thousands of employers and tens of millions of Americans.
“Biden to mandate all employers (100 workers or more) require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly virus tests, affecting as many as 100 million Americans,” PBS reported.
Businesses that don’t abide by the new virus policy will face “substantial fines up to nearly $14,000 per violation,” a senior Biden admin official said.
“In addition, Biden will require health care workers at Medicare & Medicaid participating hospitals and other health care settings to be vaccinated, impacting more than 17 million workers,” PBS added.
On Thursday, it nonetheless issued one of the most sweeping overreaches of executive power in generations. Let the lawsuits begin.