Ron DeSantis: Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is divisive
Ron DeSantis blasts 'wokeness.' Again. Image via Colin Hackley.

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'You are taking away their livelihoods. Nobody else is doing that.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out Friday against President Joe Biden, characterizing the forthcoming federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a harmful and divisive ultimatum.

Speaking in Naples, the Republican Governor rebuked the order and questioned Biden’s calls for unity. With livelihoods of roughly 100 million Americans hanging in the balance, the nation’s high political tensions, he suggested, are no surprise.

“Don’t make the vaccines divisive?” DeSantis quipped. “You are trying to take people’s jobs away over this issue. You are trying to plunge people into destitution. You are taking away their livelihoods. Nobody else is doing that. You are the one that’s being divisive about this.”

DeSantis’ tirade marks the latest dustup between the 2024 presidential prospect and the Democratic leader. The pair have repeatedly locked horns over an array of issues, including vaccine mandates and the border crisis.

Biden’s plans will affect millions of Americans, including health care workers, federal contractors and two-thirds of the private sector, according to CNBC.

Under the new rules, companies with more than 100 employees must require vaccinations or offer a once-a-week COVID-19 test. Health care workers at facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid, meanwhile, must require vaccinations.

DeSantis implied the mandate is unconstitutional and a betrayal of the nation’s frontline workers. He warned many employees may leave their jobs over the mandate, further aggravating the nation’s shortage of health care workers.

“No one should lose their job over these shots,” DeSantis said, noting the natural immunity some may have from previous exposure to COVID-19. “I think we want to protect people’s jobs. These are folks that have been working throughout this whole time. They were put in situations where they were exposing themselves … knowingly to help others, and they did that, and we considered them heroes just a year ago. Now you’re going to let them go by the wayside.”

Notably, DeSantis is among a handful of Republican leaders challenging the mandate, warning that vaccine passports will create two classes in America: the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Attorney General Ashley Moody in September vowed to take “any and all action” against the federal plans and joined a Republican coalition of 24 attorneys general who warned they’re prepared to litigate.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health fined Leon County $3.5 million Tuesday after the county required proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.

The county fired 14 employees on Oct. 4 after County Administrator Vince Long issued an Oct. 1 deadline for government workers to get a COVID-19 shot — an alleged violation of the state’s vaccine passport ban. Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo found 714 instances of violations, each carrying fines of $5,000.

Biden’s forthcoming vaccine mandate, drafted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is awaiting review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The agency has 90 days to review the rule and make a determination.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


7 comments

  • PeterH

    October 15, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Businesses are thankful for Biden’s mandate. Cruise ships threw DeSantis’s illegal edicts in the trash months ago!

    If ANYONE has created division in America it’s Trump and his Florida bootlicker Ron DeSantis

  • Professor Emeritus

    October 15, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Sociopathic anti vaxxers create division which is exploited by pandering politicians The divison in America is shown by the death toll in Florida of over 17,000 in two months and still counting
    “libtard” states don’t kill their citizens to placate the crazies
    New york death toll August /september is 1700 and they have counted them all

  • Sister Jean Bouchard, Order of the Holy Mackerels

    October 15, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    I think young Ronnie’s face is divisive. Take any one look of his: Some people think he’s smiling, some think he’s looking serious, and yet others swear he is trying pass a tough turd. I go with the latter, the anal retentive theory. In any case, bless his heart.

    • Tom

      October 16, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      Blasphemes
      Damnation
      You are rotting in hell.

    • Tom

      October 18, 2021 at 9:19 pm

      Don’t get any ideas from FJB below.

  • Ocean Joe

    October 16, 2021 at 8:08 am

    And you can bet everyone in the Naples crowd cheering him on is fully vaccinated.

  • #FJB

    October 16, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Fuck Joe Biden and fuck the libtards too

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