Several conservative organizations and companies are lining up to push back on President Joe Biden’s order directing private companies of more than 100 employees to require them all to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or face thousands in fines per worker.
Biden issued his mandate on Thursday during an address at the White House, going back on an earlier pledge not to mandate vaccines for the general public.
“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as president is to protect all Americans.”
“We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden added, blaming some 80 million unvaccinated Americans for the ongoing pandemic though many who have been vaccinated have still contracted the virus.
In an appearance Friday on “Fox & Friends,” the Daily Wire’s editor emeritus, Ben Shapiro, said the company — which has more than 100 employees — is “staffing up” on the legal side to oppose the mandate, saying he will “use every method and resource at our disposal to defy the president’s unconstitutional order.”
“And this is coming from somebody who’s very pro-vaccine. I was vaccinated as soon as possible; I’ve encouraged everybody to get the vaccine, or pretty much everybody to get the vaccine,” Shapiro continued.
“And the notion that the federal government has the ability to force every business in America with over 100 employees — by the way, I’m not sure why it’s over 100 employees, theoretically, it should be every business in America because you can get infected anywhere — every business in America with over 100 employees to either force its employees to vaccinate or force them to test every week or fire them presumably … He said- he came into office saying, ‘I’m not going to shut down the economy; I’m not going to shut down the country; I’m going to shut down the virus,’ he failed to shut down the virus so now he’s going to shut down the economy and the country apparently,” Shapiro continued.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt noted that Biden said businesses that refuse to comply with the mandate will be fined $14,000 per employee while asking if his company is prepared to fight it.
“We are,” Shapiro, a graduate of Harvard Law School, responded. “We are staffing up right now on the legal side. We are already getting any lawsuit ready that needs to be gotten ready.
“We have to see the actual regulations, know the details of that lawsuit. What we can tell you is that the provisions that Joe Biden is going to be citing under OSHA are wildly overbroad,” he continued.
“And frankly, I think that he’s made a huge tactical legal blunder here. I think that there’s every possibility that something like this goes to the Supreme Court level, and suddenly we see a complete rewriting of the administrative state because Joe Biden couldn’t get his act in order, and so he decided to issue a tyrannical and authoritarian order here,” Shapiro added.
Other conservatives have made similar pledges, including Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.
Mandating vaccines for our 170+ full time employees at Turning Point USA?
We will sue you Joe Biden, and win.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 9, 2021
I will be immediately filing suit against @JoeBiden regarding his overbroad & unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
Your executive order may not be about freedom, but this lawsuit sure as hell is
— Mike Yoder (@Yoder_Esq) September 9, 2021
Here comes the first lawsuit case in the works. It's all going to start falling like dominoes by workers, too.https://t.co/VCprPpI6TJ
— Sandy K (@Sandy27961933) September 10, 2021
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