US President Joe Biden’s just-announced plan to force Covid-19 vaccinations by having federal regulators mandate it for businesses under threat of fines is already being denounced as illegal by critics, who are urging resistance.
As part of a six-prong “Path out of the Pandemic” first announced by the White House on Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Labor will enact a rule mandating vaccinations for businesses with 100 or more employees. Biden is also requiring all federal employees and anyone contracting with the government – more than 2.5 million people – to be vaccinated, or else.
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle described the tactic as “the ultimate work-around” for the government to require vaccinations. Republican lawmakers and pundits, however, immediately denounced it as “illegal” and “unconstitutional,” with some urging private companies to resist and rebel.
“This is absolutely unconstitutional,” tweeted Representative Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky). “OSHA has no more authority to enforce this (there’s no statutory authorization) than CDC had to issue the eviction moratorium. Which is to say they both have ZERO authority to do these things. Congress makes the laws in a constitutional republic.”
OSHA has no more authority to enforce this (there’s no statutory authorization) than CDC had to issue the eviction moratorium. Which is to say they both have ZERO authority to do these things. Congress makes the laws in a constitutional republic.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 9, 2021
“Those businesses should openly rebel against any such rule,” said his colleague Chip Roy (R-Texas).
Those businesses should openly rebel against any such rule. https://t.co/v52ZNgTrGh
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) September 9, 2021
Commenting on the mandate for federal workers, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) argued the “authoritarian Biden-Harris administration” is ignoring science and “using fear, control, and mandates” to undermine confidence in vaccines.
“He’s demented,” tweeted Blake Masters, a GOP candidate for the US Senate in Arizona, calling the mandate “a wildly disproportionate response… just about power and control.”
Let’s just be honest about what’s going on.
A huge proportion of this country has chosen to be vaccinated. And now a tyrannical public health and administrative bureaucracy has decided to punish anyone who won’t comply.
— Blake Masters (@bgmasters) September 9, 2021
Tennessee Republican Robby Starbuck, who is running for Congress in 2022, said it was “time to resist,” and urged GOP legislators, mayors, governors and attorneys general to do so. “Biden’s overreach cannot go unchecked. Now is the time to fight for our voters, freedoms and America,” he tweeted.
Republican legislators: It’s time to resist. Republican Governors: It’s time to resist. Republican Mayors: It’s time to resist. Republican AG’s: It’s time to resist.
Biden’s overreach cannot go unchecked. Now is the time to fight for our voters, freedoms and America. Do it.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 9, 2021
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance, who is running for the US Senate in Ohio, called the mandates “morally reprehensible” and dubbed Biden a “geriatric tyrant” who talks about millions of Americans “as if they’re nothing more than vermin to be ruled by him and his friends.” “Do not comply,” Vance urged Americans, calling for mass civil disobedience.
JD Vance calls for mass civil disobedience in response to Biden’s mandates.
“Do not comply with the mandates. Do not pay the government fines. Don’t allow yourself to be bullied & controlled. Only mass civil disobedience will save us from Joe Biden’s naked authoritarianism.” pic.twitter.com/ORG0DNr49t
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) September 9, 2021
“This isn’t a fight against vaccines. This is a fight for whether we have America, or we don’t,” tweeted conservative pundit Tony Katz.
Pundit Candace Owens engaged in a flight of fancy, wondering what would happen if all federal employees “refused to play ball with Dictator Biden” and went on strike. Much of the federal bureaucracy, however, is sympathetic to the Democrats.
What would happen if all 2.1 million federal employers refused to play ball with Dictator Biden and did not get the vaccine?
Can our government afford to lose 2.1 million workers in one day?
Can our government afford a union strike?
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 9, 2021
Biden campaigned in 2020 on a promise to “shut down the virus” and imposed a mask mandate immediately upon taking office, only for the US to experience a surge of cases over the summer, attributed to the Delta variant of Covid-19. His new plan doubles down on masking, testing and vaccination requirements.