‘Have at it’: Joe Biden goads GOP Governors over threatened vaccine mandate suits
Joe Biden. Image via AP.

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The President expressed frustration with 'cavalier' attitudes toward public health.

President Joe Biden continued on Friday to goad Republican Governors resisting COVID-19 vaccine mandates he rolled out the day before.

When asked about them being challenged in court by a reporter at a Washington D.C. school, Biden offered a pithy three words in response: “Have at it.”

Then Biden got serious and expanded his remarks, condemning “cavalier” governors. He didn’t name them, but his words made it clear Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis was on his mind.

“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. “This is — we’re playing for real here. This isn’t a game.”

The President attempted to preempt critics with a call for civility also, saying Friday that “politics doesn’t have to be this way.”

“Let me conclude with this. One of the lessons that I hope our students can unlearn is that politics doesn’t have to be this way. Politics doesn’t have to be this way. They’re growing up in an environment where they see it’s like a war, like a bitter feud. If a Democrat says right, everybody says left,” Biden said. “It’s not who we are as a nation. And it’s not how we beat every other crisis in our history.”

“We have to come together,” Biden added. “Look at the polling data. The vast majority of the American people know we have to do these things. They’re hard, but necessary, but we have to get them done.”

Biden’s words Friday continued his narrative from his Thursday speech rolling out the vaccine mandate push, including tough talk toward renegade Republican Governors.

“School officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their Governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their jobs,” Biden said, regarding moves like Florida’s to block districts from mask mandates. “Talk about bullying in schools. If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my powers as President to get them out of the way.”

Florida has vowed to defund school districts in an amount equal to school board members’ salaries in wayward districts, but the U.S. Department of Education will backfill those funds.

DeSantis did not do a cable television hit or press availability Thursday night responding to Biden, and as of this writing Friday morning, nothing has been announced to media. But the Governor has crowed about “standing in the way” of the White House on this issue, and there’s no reason to think that stops anytime soon.

Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ spokeswoman, referred FloridaPolitics.com Thursday to DeSantis’ previous comments. DeSantis has said Florida would not become a “biomedical security state.”

Expect the state to robustly challenge federal mandates as they evolve, with DeSantis vowing action against “coercive” requirements and questioning the legal authority of the federal government to mandate vaccines via rulemaking.

“How could we get to the point in this country where you would want someone to lose their job because of their choice on the vaccine,” DeSantis asked at a press conference this week. “I do not believe that people should lose their jobs over this issue, and we will fight that.”

Such a fight is winnable, DeSantis has also suggested.

“I’d imagine that you’re going to see a lot of activity in the courts if they tried to do that through an executive action,” DeSantis said. “Congress has never legislated this. This would just be him doing it on his own, and that’s not, I think, the way to do it.”

The Governor’s “Friends of Ron DeSantis” political committee is also fundraising off the fight.

“I WILL continue to remind Joe Biden that I am here to stay, and I WILL continue to defend our Constitution and the jobs of my fellow Floridians. If we give in to this federal overreach now, the power that be will be emboldened to evade the Constitution even more. When Joe Biden calls me out for standing up for Floridians, he doesn’t even have the courage to call me by my name. But Joe Biden knows I’m here to fight back against his government overreach and I will not step aside as he violates the Constitution and places millions of jobs in jeopardy,” read a fundraising solicitation sent out just after Biden’s remarks Friday.

Attorney General Ashley Moody is looking for challenge opportunities also.

Biden “does not have the legal authority to force vaccines on millions of Americans. His proposal is outrageous and unlawful. I will be closely watching these developments and taking any and all action within the authority of my office to stop this unprecedented power grab,” Moody tweeted Friday.

Biden’s plan requires vaccines or weekly testing for K-12 school staff and teachers, as well as companies with more than 100 employees.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


18 comments

  • Alex

    September 10, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Here’s a lovely guide to a President’s Emergency Powers, brought to you by the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation.

    https://www.heritage.org/the-constitution/commentary/constitutional-guide-emergency-powers

    They published this when Trump had just admitted the pandemic was kinda sorta serious (after a long delay, later than most any world leader despite finding out earlier than all of them) apparently in hopes he’d fucking do something about it.

    But no, he completely fucked that up too.

    Reply

  • PeterH

    September 10, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Republican Governors who challenge science for political gain are ruining businesses and our economy. Get vaccinated, social distance wear a mask…… support the President who’s a much better leader than Ron DeSantis!

    Reply

    • JoAnne

      September 10, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      Biden is a dictator and you will regret your support when it affects you.

      Reply

      • Alex

        September 10, 2021 at 1:11 pm

        Aaww, what you gonna do Karen?

        Reply

    • Scott

      September 15, 2021 at 9:37 am

      If stupid could fly, you would be the space shuttle. Our “president” can’t even remember what he had for breakfast. Bidiot can’t even spell leadership, as opposed to Governor DeSantis, who has been the most successful Governor we have had in FL in decades. Now get back in your high chair at the card table with the rest of the children and let the ADULTS talk, ok?

      I am a retired PhD Clinical Microbiologist and never in my 30 year career have I seen a bigger scam than this “scamdemic”.

      Reply

      • PeterH

        September 15, 2021 at 9:49 am

        Fake News! You’re not a microbiologist. You’re a nobody and you know it!

        Why do you pretend to be someone you’re not?

        Reply

    • Scott

      September 15, 2021 at 9:48 am

      If stupid could fly, you would be the space shuttle. Our “president” can’t even remember what he had for breakfast. Bidiot can’t even spell leadership, as opposed to Governor DeSantis, who has been the most successful Governor we have had in FL in decades. Now get back in your high chair at the card table with the rest of the children and let the ADULTS talk, ok?

      I am a retired PhD Clinical Microbiologist and never in my 30 year career have I seen a bigger scam than this “scamdemic”.

      And if you want to accuse Republicans of challenging science for political gain, I suggest you look no further than just about any democrat in our government

      Reply

  • Frankie M.

    September 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Damn it Janet Biden! This is Murica!! If I want to get sick, die, & take others with me then that is my God given right as a Murican!

    Reply

    • Alex

      September 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      I can sees yur a real A-merican!

      Lol

      Reply

      • Tom

        September 10, 2021 at 8:00 pm

        Two pud curb crawlers.

        Reply

        • FP Monitor

          September 10, 2021 at 8:24 pm

          It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor …… ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

          Reply

  • Joe

    September 11, 2021 at 11:46 am

    “Trust the science”…

    Average number of comorbidities of severe cases =4
    Covid-19 has a 99.98% survival rate, 2 percent of these deaths are individuals under 60 years old.

    How about the populations and folks that choose to live a unhealthy lifestyle have a choice to get the vaccine and other folks that choose to live a healthy lifestyle also have a choice not to get vaccinated..

    The numbers are quite simple, if this vaccine didn’t make more profit then any other pharmacological intervention in American history, this would not be being pushed as hard as it is.

    Reply

  • Tom Palmer

    September 11, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    The challenges sound like the challenges on integration. It’s coming from the same political corner.

    Reply

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  • Vernon

    September 14, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Hey Old Man Resident, we got lots of 2nd Amendment Fans down South. Guess what? You can take your vaccine mandates and shove them. These are our States. We have the 10th Amendment on our side. And you are a Totalitarian Marxist. Florida and Texas give you a big middle finger. The South gives you a big middle finger. Go Ron DeSantis, Go Greg Abbott, Go Ken Paxton!! This is Our Country!

    Reply

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