Thursday, President Joe Biden asked unvaccinated Americans, “What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient.” He continued, “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.” Biden then went on to announce six new vaccination guidelines and requirements.
Some of his announcement was expected, but one part took some people by surprise. Biden announced, “The Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.”
The reaction on this has been polarizing.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted, “Biden’s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses.”
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.https://t.co/TwoQMhDxoM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 9, 2021
Virginia’s Senior Senator Mark Warner, going the other way, tweeting, “I’m glad to know that the President is
using every tool at his disposal to boost vaccination rates and save lives.”
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. As we continue to fight a deadly pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, I’m glad to know that the President is using every tool at his disposal to boost vaccination rates and save lives.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) September 9, 2021
It isn’t just politicos weighing in, filmmaker Errol Webber compared Biden to a tyrant, tweeting, “The
Biden Regime is now instituting an unconstitutional vaccine mandate, strong-arming private businesses,
affecting some 80 million Americans.”
The Biden Regime is now instituting an unconstitutional vaccine mandate, strong-arming private businesses, affecting some 80 million Americans.
“This is not about freedom or personal choice. It's about protecting yourself and those around you.” -Biden
Spoken like a true tyrant.
— Errol Webber (@ErrolWebber) September 9, 2021
Progressive filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted, “Mandatory vaccinations! YES! The unvaccinated are
killing us. BRAVO, Mr. President!”
Mr. Biden, you just ended one endless war, only to find yourself in a 2nd endless war — a war that has already killed 675,000 Americans. The Covid War. Yesterday u said you’re ending that one too. Mandatory vaccinations! YES! The unvaccinated are killing us. BRAVO, Mr. President! pic.twitter.com/eVP8JOz4ga
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 10, 2021
The business world also responded, as many of them will be directly impacted by the executive order.
Business Roundtable, a group of American CEOs including Chevron, Caterpillar and Citigroup issued a
statement saying in part, “America’s business leaders know how critical vaccination and testing
are in defeating the pandemic.”
BRT President & CEO Joshua Bolten: “Business Roundtable welcomes the Biden Administration’s continued vigilance in the fight against COVID. …” Full statement: https://t.co/wVc1x8qnLv pic.twitter.com/VdkAXEuEIy
— Business Roundtable (@BizRoundtable) September 9, 2021
On the other hand, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers association issued a statement saying “This
executive order villainizes employees for reasonable concerns and hesitancies.”
FLEOA opposes the Biden-Harris Administration's action to mandate vaccination against COVID-19. Read the full statement from President Cosme below and here: https://t.co/lLqfsA4ptb https://t.co/GF390XpmBx
— FLEOA (@FLEOAORG) September 9, 2021