Republicans blasted President Joe Biden for “authoritarian” and “unconstitutional” practices after he announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements on Thursday. The requirements affect as many as 100 million Americans, and include mandating all employers with more than 100 workers to vaccinate their employees, or require weekly testing, in an all-out effort to increase vaccination.
After the president took aim at nationwide vaccine resistance in remarks from the White House, Republicans voiced their opposition to what they deemed a “dictatorship” seeking to control citizens and rob them of their individual freedoms.
“President Biden has made small business an enemy of his administration,” wrote House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy. “Forcing main street to vax or pay a fine will not only crush an economy he’s put on life support—it’s flat-out un-American.”
“To Joe Biden, force is more important than freedom,” he added. “Americans won’t stand for it.”