President Joe Biden has imposed a vaccine mandate to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Like most things Biden does, it’s at odds with what he’s previously promised.
Biden said he would not impose vaccine mandates during his campaign for the presidency in 2020, the Washington Times reported. However, he made a complete reversal with his announcement Thursday that will require the shot for some 100 million people.
During a Town Hall event in October 2020 — in one of the few times he emerged from his basement during the campaign — Biden said forcing Americans to get the jab was not an option. “You can’t say everyone has to do this,” Biden promised, though he hinted local and state governments could do just that.
Even after he took office, Biden reiterated his position. “I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory,” Biden said in Dec. 2020. “Just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide,” he claimed.
However, Americans remained skeptical of the jab and exercised their right to refuse. This has shifted the narrative to a demonization of that position with Biden and others speaking harshly to that sector of society, according to the Associated Press.
“We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden ominously warned.
The mandate requires any workplace with 100 employees or more must get the jab or be subject to weekly testing. Those who work at medical facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare will be subject to the same requirements accounting for the total number of people who will be impacted by this mandate.
Biden and others who are all-in on universal vaccination have puzzlingly made the case that these mandates come after voluntary measures didn’t work. If the choice was taking it voluntarily or being forced to take it anyway, was this vaccine ever really optional?