Adviser vows Biden will ‘crush’ governments opposed to vaccine mandate
A senior White House adviser has escalated the war of words between the Biden administration and Republican governors over the vaccine or testing mandate for companies with 100 or more employees – promising the president would “crush” anyone who ‘would oppose the new rule.
Cedric Richmond, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and former Louisiana congressman, told CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” On Thursday, it was “unfortunate that we have so many governors who use compulsory vaccinations and masks as political gain.”
“But our goal is to save lives, and we will do everything within our control to make sure that we protect our citizens, especially children who cannot yet be vaccinated,” Richmond added.
“And so, we have to do everything we can to make sure the adults are doing it. And these governors who stand in the way, I think it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will crush them. “
Richmond’s remark echoed Biden’s White House speech earlier Thursday, in which the president swept aside GOP leaders who oppose the mask and vaccine mandates.
“If they don’t help us, if these governors don’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my powers as president to sideline them,” said Biden, who also told Americans the issue whether getting the COVID-19 vaccine “is not a matter of freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you – the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love.
“It’s not for political purposes,” Richmond said. “It’s to save the lives of the American people, so we won’t let one or two individuals stand in our way.”
Under the rule Biden announced Thursday, the Labor Department will force companies with more than 100 workers to require their staff to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests – or face hefty fines. The measure is expected to affect two-thirds of American workers.
Republican governors have reacted angrily to the new term, with some threatening or exploring legal challenges.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts told Fox News “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday that Biden’s remarks about forcing governors “out of the way” were “outrageous,” adding that the president “thinks we are living in. Soviet Union“.
“We have weekly phone calls with governors and White House staff,” Ricketts said. “The president has never been in any of these events, and yet he has the nerve to tell us that we are not fighting the pandemic?”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who have clashed with Biden on several occasions over pandemic measures, also weighed in – Abbott calling the mandate an “assault on private companies” in a tweet Thursday.
Meanwhile, DeSantis said Friday that Biden was acting “outside the bounds of the Constitution” and vowed that the state “will retaliate and offer protections.”
“When you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to defend the Constitution and fight back, and we do that in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said at an event. in Ponte. Vedra Beach, according to NBC Miami.
“He is a president who has recognized in the past that he does not have the power to impose this on anyone and this order would potentially result in the loss of millions of Americans from their jobs,” continued the governor. “I think we should protect people’s jobs, not try to kick them out of work right now. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do in Florida.