by Debra Heine
A White House senior advisor said Thursday that Joe Biden is prepared to “run over” Republican governors who “stand in his way” on vaccine mandates.
Following Biden’s shocking, widely-panned authoritarian speech Thursday afternoon, multiple Republican-led states announced plans to sue the Administration over its “unconstitutional” mandate forcing businesses with more than 100 employees compel vaccinations.
Federal workers, and workers at health facilities who receive federal Medicare or Medicaid will also be required to get vaccinated.
“We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden said in remarks crafted to foment anger against unvaccinated Americans.
He added that the unvaccinated minority “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”
Biden’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony said on CNN Thursday evening that Biden was being more “moderate” than he would be in his approach.
It is now a matter of record that Fauci, as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), funded risky gain of function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab through the EcoHealth Alliance, before the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Myself, I would just make it vaccinate or not,” Fauci said.
Fauci on Biden’s vaccine mandate:
"I think the president is being somewhat moderate in his demand, if you want to call it that."
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 10, 2021
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts have all issued statements saying their respective states will fight the mandate.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also issued messages slamming the mandate.
Using divisive, Obamaesque language, Biden specifically targeted both DeSantis and Abbott for their coronavirus responses during his speech, saying he would his “power as president to get them out of the way.”
“Let me be blunt. My plan also takes on elected officials in states that are undermining you and these lifesaving actions,” Biden said. “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.”
“Biden’s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses. I issued an Executive Order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether they get the COVID vaccine & added it to the special session agenda,” Abbott tweeted in response Thursday evening. “Texas is already working to halt this power grab.”
“The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats,” Gov. McMaster tweeted Thursday night. “They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad. Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian,” he added.
Gov. Noem simply tweeted: “@JoeBiden see you in court.”
During an interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon, White House adviser Cedric Richmond said Biden was ready for whatever challenges Republicans might pose.
“Cedric, we know these governors won’t help. They’re already slamming the new rule. So what are you going to do about it?” Lemon asked.
“The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we are always going to put people above politics. And we’re going to fight for those who really need our help,” Richmond replied, accusing Republicans of using both vaccines and masks as a “political game.”
“But our purpose is to save lives,” Richmond continued, saying that the administration is prepared to “run over” governors who don’t fall in line.
“And those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them,” he said. “And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people.”
Biden commented on the Republican governors’ intentions to resist the mandate on Friday during a visit to a school in Washington, D.C., saying he was “disappointed” by the state leaders.
“I am so disappointed,” Biden said. “Particularly, some Republican governors have been so cavalier, with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of our communities.”
Later on, while his wife “Dr. Jill” was speaking, a masked Biden wandered off camera for a few moments before shuffling back into view.
Biden wonders off as Jill speaks at a DC school to push vaccinations… pic.twitter.com/VxQ5onImO6
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 10, 2021
Gov. DeSantis responded to Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine edicts at length during a news conference on Friday.
DeSavage just ended Biden.
This is not even fair.
I love living in Florida.pic.twitter.com/xBYVza8v7P
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 10, 2021
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed to fight in court Biden’s “egregious, tyrannical power grab.”
I will see you in court soon! https://t.co/Ukugz3Wx6b
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) September 10, 2021
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