The recent federal vaccine mandate is unconstitutional and is another example of President Joe Biden’s horrific leadership, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.
“This is a guy who criticizes the state of Florida for protecting parents’ rights. He says school boards should be able to eliminate parents’ rights and force five-year-old kids to wear masks all day,” DeSantis said at a veterans’ appreciation event at Ponte Vedra Beach. “That’s what he thinks is appropriate government. Yet, here he comes from Washington, DC instituting an unprecedented mandate, which even his own people have acknowledged in the past is not constitutional. That’s not leadership.”
The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will force employers with more than 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 test or require that employees receive weekly testing. The mandate comes after countless administrative officials — including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Biden himself — promised the federal government wouldn’t mandate COVID-19 injections.
On Friday at a Washington, D.C. middle school, Biden said he was “disappointed” that “some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of [kids], so cavalier with the health of their communities.” Although Biden didn’t mention specific governors, DeSantis has been advocating against vaccine mandates for months.
“[Biden says] he’s losing patience with people. At the end of the day, we don’t live with a one-person rule in this country. We live in a constitutional system, which people’s rights are respected, but particularly in this juncture, their livelihoods and their jobs have to be protected,” DeSantis said. “Just think about what this mandate would do. It’s going to drive people out of work, out of hospitals, out of all this stuff where you have a need for people. So it’s totally counterproductive, and I think it will ultimately lose in court.”
DeSantis said the vaccine mandate would strip jobs and livelihoods from Americans and slammed Biden for a lack of responsibility for the already thousands of jobs lost by executive mandates.
“I think the problem I have with Joe Biden,
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