FOX host Tucker Carlson blasted prominent Democrats and Biden White House officials for going back on earlier claims that they would never force a vaccine mandate on Americans.
‘Until recently mandatory vaccines were unthinkable, even among Democrats,’ said Carlson, before he played clips of from Biden, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Anthony Fauci all saying the current mandate was impossible.
Carlson was speaking after the president on Thursday signed sweeping orders, one of which required Covid-19 vaccinations for all federal workers, dropping the previous option of regular testing. Another order forced businesses with over 100 workers to get vaccinated or tested for coronavirus at least once a week.
The federal workforce mandate covers 2.1 million workers and the private business order covers over 80 million employees and it will require employers with 100 or more employees to give employees paid time off to get vaccinated.
On Monday Carlson railed against Biden’s executive order requiring all federal workers to be vaccinated
On Monday, Carlson started off with a clip of Biden at a December 2020 press conference where he told reporters he did not believe the vaccine should be mandatory.
‘I don’t think it should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand that it be mandatory but I would do everything in my power, just like I don’t think mask should be made mandatory nationwide,’ he said at the time.
Calson then aired a clip of Jen Psaki from this July saying the federal government does not have the power to mandate vaccines.
‘Can we mandate vaccines across the country? No, that’s not a role that the federal government even has the power to make.’
At a December 2020 press conference Biden (pictured) told reporters he did not believe the vaccine should be mandatory
A clip of Nancy Pelosi (pictured) in April captures her telling the press that vaccination status are private
In an August 2020 CSPAN interview Dr. Fauci (pictured) said the U.S mandating the vaccine would be ‘inappropriate’
A clip of Nancy Pelosi in April captures her telling the press that vaccination status are private.
‘We cannot require someone to be vaccinates, that’s just not what we can do,’ she said. ‘It is a matter of privacy to know who is or who isn’t.
And finally a clip of Dr. Fauci from a C-SPAN interview in August 2020 saying the U.S mandating the vaccine would be ‘inappropriate.’
‘No, definitely not,’ he says. ‘You don’t want to mandate and try to force anyone to take the vaccine, we’ve never done that. We don’t want to be mandating from the federal government to the general population. It would be unenforceable and inappropriate.
Conservatives have gone after the mandate, calling it ‘unconstitutional, insane and coercive.’
‘Forcing this and coercing people, I don’t think is the right decision. I’d imagine that you’re gonna see a lot of activity in the courts if they try to do that through an executive action,’ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said during a press conference Thursday.
The Republican National Committee says that it intends to sue to block Biden’s order from taking effect, and several House Republicans plan to introduce legislation to negate the order.
Other Republican governors are also mounting a defense against Biden’s aggressive new order and vowing to fight it through state laws and lawsuits.
Arizona, Montana, Indiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia and South Carolina were all among the Republican-led states that threatened legal action.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem appeared to threaten legal action against the Biden administration on Twitter, telling Biden: ‘See you in court.’
She was joined by fellow Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who wrote ‘I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration’ on Twitter Thursday evening.
About 27 per cent of the eligible U.S. population age 12 and older have not received any COVID vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile about 75 per cent of Americans have received at least one shot and 53 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The pace of new COVID-19 infections is continuing to decelerate as the country starts nearing the end of the fourth wave of the pandemic.
On Sunday, the U.S. recorded 33,807 new cases of COVID-19 with a seven-day rolling average of 144,316, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
This means that although the overall number of cases has risen in the last month, the growth rate has significantly slowed to the lowest since early July.