Mayor Glenn Jacobs on Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Mandate: ‘Knox County Will Not Comply’


Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs put U.S. President Joe Biden on notice Thursday regarding one of the president’s COVID-19 mandates and said his county will flatly refuse to obey.

Specifically, Jacobs said Knox County will not honor Biden’s executive order mandating that all businesses with 100 or more employees require COVID-19 vaccines for workers or implement weekly testing.

Jacobs wrote this in a letter that he addressed to Biden’s office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“As the chief executive of an organization that employs 2,700 individuals, your action adds financial, legal, and regulatory burdens that will ultimately impact Knox County taxpayers. In addition, it potentially hinders our ability to attract quality employees since many folks in our community will not work somewhere that unjustly imposes vaccine mandates,” Jacobs wrote to Biden.

“As a fellow elected official who has sworn an oath the uphold the U.S. Constitution just as you have, I am alarmed by the alacrity with which you issued this order, contradicting both Article I, Section 1 — which vests legislative power in the Congress — and the Tenth Amendment — which recognizes the sovereignty of the states or the people over matters the Constitution does not delegate to the federal government.”

Jacobs also told Biden that elected officials cannot ignore, disregard, or contravene the laws that bind them.

“Recently I attended the memorial service for one of our armed forces service members killed in the August 26 suicide bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. We are told that this young patriot, like so many before him, died in defense of our freedoms. But is this statement actually true? Is it an expression of solemn gratitude and a debt that we can never pay? Or is it simply a hollow platitude we recite to rationalize the loss of our best and brightest?” Jacobs asked.

“If it is the latter — if it is not about freedom — then we need to be honest with ourselves: we are not the country — nor the people — we claim to be, and we need to figure out what this nation really stands for. In Knox County, we know what we stand for. We stand for freedom. We stand for the rule of law. We stand for the Constitution. And you can rest assured that we will stand against your blatant and egregious executive overreach.”

Jacobs, in April of last year, warned that a mental health crisis would follow Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s-then statewide shutdown as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
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11 Thoughts to “Mayor Glenn Jacobs on Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Mandate: ‘Knox County Will Not Comply’”

  1. […] Tennessee, Mayor Glenn Jacobs, previously known as the professional wrestler “Kane,” wrote a letter to President Biden to tell him that Knox County “would not comply” with his new executive […]

  2. […] Tennessee, Mayor Glenn Jacobs, previously known as the professional wrestler “Kane,” wrote a letter to President Biden to tell him that Knox County “would not comply” with his new executive […]

  3. Sudan E

    Thank you Mayor Jscobs! And YES you should run for Governor. We need strong leaders like you.

  4. Jim Rivers

    I voted for you Mr. Jacobs but this is backwards. People are dying and this will simply ensure the economy can continue back on track and not be hit with wave after wave of illnesses/death. Please protect our community and endorse vaccinations. Anti-science rhetoric isn’t what I want the south to be known for!

  5. J Albert

    WOW! Perfect! Citing chapter and verse where the ID10T went off the rails is awesome. We need more public servants like Mayor Jacobs.

  6. Kevin

    Remember Glen Jacobs is an actor. And this is now his theater, political theater.

    Act 1 – build your political brand, make it look like you are for or against something that makes you attractive to the voters, all the while knowing that what you did or didn’t do, has zero impact.on the issue.

    Act 2 – Look for a crisis – like, perhaps a Governor who allows an unchecked flow of illegal aliens, or allows Leftists to run our education systems, or allows infringement of basic civil rights, and continue to build your brand and rail about how “you would do it differently”…this is where the drama is currently.

    Act 3 – run for the next position up the political ladder! Governor in 2024?

    1. Tim Price

      Poor little liberal!

    2. John

      At least he’s doing something meaningful and real, unlike some career politicians….yes I’m looking at you Marsha Empty Suit Blackburn.

    3. Kitty Lenoir

      You’re talking about Governor Lee. Tennessee is getting their ‘share’ of Afghan refugees. Does anyone trust the vetting process done by the federal government? Lucky for Nashville, I don’t think any of them are headed in their direction. And good on you Mayor Kane, Governor Lee should be sending Biden the same letter.

  7. nicky wicks

    mayor kane talking sense again.

    maybe he would be interested in running for gov.

  8. Randy

    Thank you Mayor Jacobs for putting the interest of the people first.