A senior White House advisor said U.S. President Joe Biden is ready to “run over” any Republican governors who won’t hop on Biden’s vaccination bus.
Cedric Richmond formerly represented Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District before becoming an advisor to President Biden. He said Biden is ready for GOP opposition to the new federal vaccination mandate for employers, in an interview with CNN.
“The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we are always going to put people above politics. And we’re going to fight for those who really need our help,” Richmond said.
“And those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them,” he said. “It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way.”
During today’s visit to a Washington, DC, middle school President Biden said, “These governors won’t help us beat the pandemic so I’ll use my power as the President to get them out of the way.”
It didn’t take long for governors protective of state sovereignty to declare themselves ready to take Biden to court over the matter of a federal vaccination mandate. Sovereign rights adherents point to the U.S. Constitution’s 10th amendment, which provides that “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
“My legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute Joe Biden files his unconstitutional rule,” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, said. “This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand.”
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said his state will also resist such a federal mandate, saying, “This will never stand up in court.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp wrote that his administration will “pursue every legal option available” to stop a “blatantly unlawful overreach.”
Biden addressed criticism from the Republican governors who plan court challenges to his new plan they call government overreach. The Republican National Committee has also said it plans to sue the administration over the new vaccination order.
“Have at it,” Biden replied. “Look, I am so disappointed that, particularly some of the Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities,” Biden said.
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