President Joe Biden railed against Republicans he said fostered “bullying in schools” by thwarting guidelines from officials designed to control the spread of COVID-19.
“Local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while the governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their salaries or their job — talk about bullying in schools,” Biden said in the State Dining Room on Thursday. He said that for those whose pay is threatened, “I promise you, I will have your back.”
“If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way,” Biden said, adding that the federal government had already begun taking legal action against states undermining local authorities. While Biden did not name Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis directly, the president has sparred repeatedly with him in recent months.