Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday slammed President Joe Biden’s announcement of a broad-reaching vaccine mandate.
Biden announced on Thursday that his administration and the Department of Labor plan to require all businesses with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, potentially affecting approximately 100 million Americans.
“Joe Biden has failed us on COVID. He ran for office on a promise to ‘shut down the virus.’ He has failed on this, much as he has failed on the border crisis and in Afghanistan. So now, President Biden’s plan is to shut down freedom,” Ducey said in a statement. COVID-19 is a contagious disease, it is still with us and it will be for the foreseeable future. President Biden’s solution is hammering down on private businesses and individual freedoms in an unprecedented and dangerous way.
The move by Biden seemingly contradicts a statement made by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki earlier this year, where she explained the move was “not the role of the federal government.”
Additionally, the move is the opposite of what Biden pledged before becoming president. In December, Biden stated that he didn’t “think it should be mandatory” and “wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”
Many critics of the new mandate, including Ducey, have also questioned the constitutionality of the dramatic move.
“Today marks another egregious big government overreach robbing Arizonans and all Americans of their fundamental rights to make their own decisions about their health and the health of their children. President Biden’s dictatorial approach is wrong, un-American and will do far more harm than good. How many workers will be displaced? How many kids kept out of classrooms? How many businesses fined?” Ducey questioned of Biden’s move.
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