Over the summer, the White House repeatedly insinuated that the federal government has no place mandating that Americans receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Not only did President Biden suggest such a reality, but White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki similarly suggested that no federal requirement would be coming.
But, as with a great many statements made by Democrats, it only took a few weeks for this to be proven wrong, and with the Commander in Chief announcing on Thursday that all federal workers will need to be vaccinated, and also imposing a mandate for private businesses who employ more than 100 people.
This did not sit well with many Americans, including, predictably, a large portion of the Republican Party.
“This is absolutely unconstitutional,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky, wrote in a tweet, attaching a link to the news.
“Mandates are not the answer,” Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., said in response. “Getting the vaccine should be up to you and your doctor — not the federal government.”Trending:
“All 9 million federal employees should consult with their doctor and make a personal, informed decision about taking the vaccine,” wrote Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. “Instead, Sleepy Joe says take it or else… You don’t lead by coercion. Biden has failed as a leader in every way.”
“This is unconstitutional,” said Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala. “The U.S. Constitution does not give the President this type of authority. No where in Article 2 of the Constitution will you find anything that even remotely gives the President this kind of power.”
The mandate comes at a time in which President Biden is facing unprecedented scrutiny over his handling of several major US crises, including two humanitarian catastrophes – one on the southern border of the US, and another involving the evacuation of Americans and our allies in Afghanistan – that have completely gutted his approval rating.