Republican Governors Respond to Biden's 'Unconstitutional' Vaccine Mandate 'Overreach'

Republican Governors Respond to Biden's 'Unconstitutional' Vaccine Mandate 'Overreach'

On Thursday President Joe Biden delivered a speech chastising unvaccinated Americans. He blamed them for the continuation of the global coronavirus pandemic, then announced he was decreeing by executive order federal vaccine mandates. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin” said Biden. “And your refusal has cost all of us” he said directly to those who have chosen not to get vaccinated.

Not long ago, the Biden administration repeatedly stated it would not issue any mandates. In July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said White House employees were not mandated to be vaccinated and declared a vaccine mandate was “not the federal government’s role.”

In December, President-Elect Joe Biden said at a news conference of vaccines, “I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory…Just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide.”

On Thursday, however, Biden even spoke directly to Republican governors, threatening to use executive powers if necessary, to “get them out of the way.” As a result, Republican governors began issuing statements in direct opposition to Biden’s actions. At least 17 Republican governors have issued statements thus far.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott bluntly stated, “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. Texas is already working to halt this power grab.”

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson tweeted a statement in response to Biden’s mandate:

“I fully support continued efforts to increase vaccination rates across our nation, but the federal government mandates on private businesses are not the right answer. I have been consistent in the freedom of businesses to require their employees to be vaccinated, and I have opposed he government from saying businesses cannot exercise that freedom. The same principle should protect the private sector from government overreach that requires them to vaccinate all employees.”

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy responded to Biden writing on Twitter, “this is ridiculous and unenforceable. If there was ever a case for the 25th Amendment…”

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves stated, “the President has no authority to require that Americans inject themselves because of their employment at a private business. The vaccine itself is life-saving, but this unconstitutional move is terrifying. This is still America, and we still believe in freedom from tyrants.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson wrote, “vaccination protects us from serious illness, but the decision to get vaccinated is a private health care decision that should remain as such…this heavy-handed action by the federal government is unwelcome in our state and has potentially dangerous consequences for working families.”


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