President Biden declared war on nearly 80 million unvaccinated Americans as well as GOP governors, claiming "pandemic politics" actions are undermining efforts as he unveiled the most aggressive and unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandates that will force 100 million federal government workers to get the shots or lose their jobs while using his sweeping power of the office to impose stringent new mandate rules on private sector businesses.
"If we raise our vaccination rate, protect ourselves and others with masking and expanded testing, and identify people who are infected, we can, and we will turn the tide on COVID-19. Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free," Biden said before announcing the broad new mandates in prepared remarks from the State Dining Room of the White House.
"This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. We still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot. And to make matters worse, there are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19. Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities. This is totally unacceptable," Biden added, not mentioning which officials by their name, but it was obvious he was specifically lashing his remarks towards Florida governor Ron DeSantis based on previous clashes. The president took a swipe at Florida hospitals acquiring mobile morgues in order to place the dead bodies of victims who died from the COVID variant.
Striving to restore his humiliated presidential image over his hastily and botched handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, Biden expressed his frustration towards the 80 million Americans, stoking division by pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated for political exploitation. As he repeatedly demonizing those who still haven't taken the jab, Biden vowed as president he would only protect those who have gotten vaccinated.
"My job as president is to protect all Americans. We cannot allow these actions to stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part and want to get back to life as normal," Biden declared, as he accused the unvaccinated of apparently abusing the "patience" of those who listened to his fearmongering demands.
"And my message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us," Biden said.
The president accusing the unvaccinated of "caus[ing] a lot of damage," in their refusal to get inoculated and widely placing the blame on them for "overcrowd[ing] our hospitals, overrunning the emergency rooms and intensive care units, leaving no room for someone with a heart attack, or pancreatitis, or cancer."
Biden dismissed concerns about infringing on one's own personal freedom to decide, alleging without any scientific proof that the unvaccinated are the biggest threat than the Taliban to those who are vaccinated but appeared to admit that the vaccines aren't effective in helping to curb the spread of the virus.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden stated. "It's about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as president is to protect all Americans. We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers. We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America."
Along with launching attacks on the unvaccinated Americans, Biden sought to continue his feud with DeSantis and Abbott, two GOP governors who have loudly defied calls for mask and vaccine mandates. He threatened to use his "power as president to get them out of the way" if they continue to undermine his mandate efforts, not explaining what legal justification he has to override state governments on this issue.
Since being sworn in, Biden has focused his role as president on the pandemic while largely ignoring other dire issues plaguing the nation, including the border crisis, inflation, labor shortage despite over 10 million claiming unemployment during the first six months of his presidency. On July 4th, Biden declared "independence" from the virus following a dramatic decline in cases and deaths. But now Biden is backpedaling and attempting to save face as cases fueled by the more contagious Delta variant have skyrocketed, and the administration has struggled to chart a clear course through the crisis.
The new measures are an escalation of Biden's action he implemented in late July that required federal workers to sign forms certifying they have been vaccinated or comply with new guidelines involving mandatory masking in the office, weekly testing, and social distancing. The more stringent new mandates, dubbed "Path out of the Pandemic," outlines his six-part strategy to combat the Delta variant.
Under Biden’s new approach, to reach his unattainable goal of vaccinating the whole nation, he will use the sweeping power of the federal government and presidency in ordering private companies to vaccinate workers or face financial penalties. Biden signed an executive order, forcing the Labor Department to issue an emergency order to require all businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure every worker is either fully vaccinated or gets tested at least once a week. Under the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will develop an emergency regulation requiring companies with 100 or more employees to require staff to be vaccinated or tested weekly and give paid time off to get inoculated. Any business that violates the new rule will face substantial fines, up to $14,000.
Following the president's unconstitutional and divisive speech, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced plans to file a lawsuit against the Biden administration.
"Joe Biden told Americans when he was elected that he would not impose vaccine mandates," RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. "He lied. Now small businesses, workers, and families across the country will pay the price. Like many Americans, I am pro-vaccine and anti-mandate. Many small businesses and workers do not have the money or legal resources to fight Biden's unconstitutional actions and authoritarian decrees, but when his decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties."