Update (1650ET): Following Thursday's threat from President Biden to "use my power as president" against GOP governors "to get them out of the way," White House senior adviser Cedric 'boy' Richmond said that Biden is willing to "run over" the governors.
"The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we are always going to put people above politics. And we’re going to fight for those who really need our help," Richmond told CNN in response to a question about governors resisting the mandate. "And those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them," he added.
"And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people."
Biden Advisor Cedric Richmond on vaccine mandates: "Those governors that stand in the way, I think it was very clear from the president's tone today, that he will RUN OVER THEM." pic.twitter.com/IAdJXPd1pb— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 10, 2021
Cedric might want to get with the times - it's way more than 'one or two individuals.'
More via The Epoch Times' Jack Phillips:
Richmond’s comment, however, raises questions about how the federal government plans to “run over” states, as the United States government is federalist and combines the central government with state and local governments.
A number of Republican governors on Thursday, following Biden’s speech, said they would resist the vaccine mandate. Should the federal government direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to impose testing or vaccine mandates on private employees, Biden will face an avalanche of lawsuits.
“My legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute Joe Biden files his unconstitutional rule,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, wrote in a Twitter post. “This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, also a Republican, wrote that his administration will “pursue every legal option available” in order to halt what he called a “blatantly unlawful overreach.”
And Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona said his state will “push back” against federal mandates, saying “Biden-Harris administration is hammering down on private businesses and individual freedoms in an unprecedented and dangerous way. This will never stand up in court.”
He wrote: “This dictatorial approach is wrong, un-American and will do far more harm than good. How many workers will be displaced? How many kids are kept out of classrooms? How many businesses fined? The vaccine is and should be a choice.”
Other than an order targeting private businesses, Biden also said he would mandate that all federal workers and contractors get the shot, mandate Medicare and Medicaid hospital staff to get vaccinated, and other mandates.
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Republicans clapped back over the Biden administration's unprecedented 'jab or your job' Executive Order for federal workers and contractors, and a 'jab or test' mandate for corporations with over 100 employees. 600,000 postal workers are oddly exempt.
The sweeping new vaccine requirements, which completely ignore tens of millions in America who have recovered from Covid-19 and have natural immunity, will affect as many as 100 million Americans.
Biden on people who haven't gotten vaccinated:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 9, 2021
"We've been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us." pic.twitter.com/Hj4jnmWpuX
In response, the Republican National Committed (RNC) vowed to sue Biden once the mandate goes into effect, with President Ronna McDaniel tweeting that Biden lied.
"Joe Biden told Americans when he was elected that he would not impose vaccine mandates. He lied," McDaniel said in a statement, adding "Now small businesses, workers, and families across the country will pay the price."
Joe Biden told Americans when he was elected that he would not impose vaccine mandates. He lied.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 10, 2021
When his decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties. pic.twitter.com/XinwFw4bam
"President Biden is so desperate to distract from his shameful, incompetent Afghanistan exit that he is saying crazy things and pushing constitutionally flawed executive orders. This is a cynical attempt to pick a fight and distract from the President’s morally disgraceful decision to leave Americans behind Taliban lines on the 20th anniversary of 9/11," Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) told the Daily Caller.
Meanwhile, Republican governors across the country have issued statements vowing to sue, or otherwise oppose, the vaccine mandate after Biden threatened them during Thursday's announcement.
"Let me be blunt," said Biden. "My plan also takes on elected officials in states that are undermining you in these life-saving actions. Right now local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their salaries or their jobs. Talk about bullying the schools."
"If they’ll not help, if these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way," he added.
Not so fast, say the governors
As Becker News reports:
Republican governors have begun to issue their responses to the federal government’s overreach and the president’s threats.
“South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom,” Noem wrote. “JoeBiden see you in court.”
South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom. @JoeBiden see you in court.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 9, 2021
Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp also responded to Biden’s remarks.
“I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration,” Kemp tweeted.
I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration.— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) September 9, 2021
“Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says as long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in state,” Josh Caplan reported.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says as long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in state.— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 9, 2021
“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces the state already working to halt Biden’s vaccine mandate ‘power grab’,” Election Wizard reported.
BREAKING: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces the state already working to halt Biden's vaccine mandate "power grab."— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) September 9, 2021
Alabama Governor Key Ivey also released a statement declaring her intention to fight the mandate.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon also issuing a statement saying: “Not now, and not ever.”
Tennessee’s Governor Bill Lee also stated his broad opposition to the federal mandate.
“The Constitution won’t allow this power grab, and in the meantime, I will stand up for all Tennesseans,” Gov. Lee wrote.
For a fight that requires working together, a lot of cynical and divisive edicts came out of the White House today pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated, businesses against employees, and the federal government against states.— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) September 9, 2021
Read more governors' statements here.
Cover illustration via Mother Jones, Getty