Saturday, September 11, 2021

Adviser vows Biden will 'run over' govs opposed to vaccine mandate

A top White House adviser has escalated the war of words between the Biden administration and Republican governors over the vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees - promising that the president would "Run over" anyone who opposed the new rule.

We have to do everything we can to make sure adults do it. And those governors that stand in the way, I think it was very clear from the president's tone today that he will run over them."

Richmond's remark echoed Biden's speech from the White House earlier Thursday, in which the president swiped at GOP leaders who oppose mask and vaccine mandates.

"If they'll not help, if these governors won't help us beat the pandemic, I'll use my powers as president to get them out of the way," said Biden, who also told Americans that that the question of whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine "Is not about 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."

Under the rule announced by Biden Thursday, the Labor Department will force businesses with more than 100 workers to require that their staff either get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing - or face hefty fines.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who have repeatedly butted heads with Biden over anti-pandemic measures, have also weighed in - with Abbott calling the mandate "An assault on private businesses" in a tweet Thursday.

DeSantis said Friday that Biden was acting "Outside the bounds of the Constitution" and vowed the state would "Fight back and offer protections." 

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