“Joe Biden told Americans when he was elected that he would not impose vaccine mandates. He lied,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement Thursday evening.
- In addition, an executive order signed by Biden on Thursday required all federal employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine without an alternative of completing regular testing, with limited exemptions for those with medical or religious reasons.
- The White House said the plans “will ensure that we are using every available tool to combat COVID-19 and save even more lives in the months ahead, while also keeping schools open and safe, and protecting our economy from lockdowns and damage.”
- The move runs counter to Biden’s previous stance.
- In December 2020, before Biden took office, he told reporters: “I don’t think it should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory. But I would do everything in my power 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.”