By: Konrad Holden
On Tuesday, President Biden asked a reporter “what’s the big deal?” when it comes to personal freedom and getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Reporter John Bedell asked Biden if his administration would be fighting the court-ordered pauses on his vaccine mandates. The President responded by pitting freedom against patriotism and wondering out loud why people weren’t willing to give up their medical autonomy in the name of the greater good.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many politicians to share their true views on personal freedom.
Many city councils, mayors, governors, and federal legislators have been encroaching on liberty since the beginning of the pandemic: masks, curfews, social restrictions, forced business practices, and vaccine mandates.
When a reporter asked Biden if they were going to push against the recent injunctions on his vaccine mandates, Biden said, “Everybody talks about freedom about not to have a shot or have a test. Well guess what? How about patriotism? How about you make sure you’re vaccinated, so you do not spread the disease to anyone else. What about that? What’s the big deal?”
His comments come after multiple states and businesses, including Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, sued the federal government for mandating vaccines on companies that employ 100 or more people. A court ordered that mandate to be halted for the time being.
And more states and more businesses sued the Biden administration for mandating vaccines for federal contractors and health workers. Those mandates were also halted.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Not the vaccinated, the unvaccinated. That’s the problem.” - President Joe Biden