Despite announcing sweeping federal vaccine mandates on Thursday, the Biden administration said previously on multiple occasions that vaccines should not be “mandatory.”
In December, then President-Elect Biden made the pronouncement that he wouldn’t make vaccines mandatory.
“I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory,” Biden said at a news conference in Wilmington, Del. “Just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide.”
“I’ll do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters,” he said.
On July 25, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a vaccine mandate was “not the federal government’s role.” In May, Psaki effectively said the same thing, as well.
“The government is not now nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki said at the time.
“There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” the press secretary added.
.@PressSec on vaccine passports: we are not currently considering federal mandates… Private sector companies may decide that they want to have requirements. Thats up to them. We have no plans to change our approach from the the federal government.
— Kellan Howell (@kellanhowell) May 14, 2021
Also in July, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky also said there would be “no federal mandate.”
“To clarify: There will be no nationwide mandate. I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government,” Walensky wrote in a Twitter post. “There will be no federal mandate.”
You can watch several of these White House statements below:
Dr. Anthony Fauci himself also said in 2020 that federal vaccine mandates would be “encroaching upon a person’s freedom.”
However, on Thursday the administration broke its promises to the American people and issued the most sweeping set of federal vaccine mandates in U.S. history, affecting thousands of employers and tens of millions of Americans.
The Biden administration lied about getting Americans out of Afghanistan, just like it lied about having no intentions to issue federal vaccine mandates. The White House clearly believes that it can violate the Constitution at will and issue ‘laws’ from the Executive Branch by fiat. It remains to be seen how this could possibly hold up in federal court.
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