Baltimore, MD – President Joe Biden declared Thursday night that law enforcement officers and other first responders who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine should be fired.
President Biden made the sweeping statement during a town hall with CNN reporter Anderson Cooper in Baltimore on Oct. 21, according to a White House press release.
Cooper noted during the exchange that as many as a third of first responders in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other large cities are refusing to comply with vaccine mandates.
“I’m wondering where you stand on that,” Cooper said. “Should police officers, emergency responders be mandated to get vaccines? And if not, should they be — stay at home or let go?”
President Biden responded in the affirmative.
“Yes and yes,” he said. “And, by the way — by the way, I waited until July to talk about mandating, because I tried everything else possible. The mandates are working.”
President Biden scoffed at citizens who have argued that vaccine mandates violate their personal freedoms and accused them of trying to make the vaccine “a political issue.”
“Freedom. I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID,” he said, mocking those who disagree with him. “No, I mean, come on. ‘Freedom.’”
Biden mocks people who he says are making the COVID vaccine "a political issue":
"Freedom? I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID? No, I mean come on. Freedom." pic.twitter.com/Jt7uzxTFAc
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 22, 2021
Back when he was running for office, President Biden said he opposed vaccine mandates, FOX News reported.
But in August, he imposed a vaccine mandate for all military members, American Military News reported.
The following month, President Biden announced the U.S. Department of Labor is working on a plan to require businesses that employ 100 workers or more to submit to vaccination or conduct weekly testing, according to American Military News.
Business that refuse to comply would face a penalty of up to $14,000 for each violation, he warned.
Two dozen Republican attorneys general sent a joint letter to President Biden’s administration on Sept. 16, threatening to sue over the “disastrous and counterproductive” mandate, FOX News reported.
“From a policy perspective, this edict is unlikely to win hearts and minds – it will simply drive further skepticism,” the letter read. “And at least some Americans will simply leave the job market instead of complying.”
President Biden insists the vaccine mandates are working.