Criminalize unvaxxed? Ban from planes? White House refuses to rule out domestic travel restrictions

Officials from the Biden administration are refusing to rule out the possibility of Americans being forced to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result when they fly domestically.

Fox News “Primetime” host Rachel Campos-Duffy on Friday sat down with “Fox and Friends” host Will Cain and Florida Congressman Byron Donalds to discuss Biden’s federal vaccine mandate and the push to require proof of vaccination on domestic flights. Biden officials reportedly still don’t believe the mandate goes far enough.

Cain pointed out that all of this is meant to divide us and force Americans to comply. He contends this is meant to ostensibly solidify power for the Democrats and calls it essentially a path to “criminalize the unvaxxed.”

CNN medical analyst and former head of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, has stated that if you are not vaccinated you should not be allowed on a domestic flight. It is a sentiment that the Biden administration seems to be more and more in favor of.

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“We’re not taking any measures off the table,” White House coronavirus response team coordinator Jeffrey Zients stated during a briefing on Friday when he was questioned on whether the administration had “ruled out” implementing COVID vaccine or testing requirements for domestic flights. The idea has been tossed around within the Biden administration for some time now.

That exchange was followed later in the day by White House press secretary Jen Psaki who also demurred when asked about vaccine requirements for flying within the United States.

“We are always looking at more we can do to protect and save lives,” Psaki vaguely answered. “Obviously, he made a significant and bold announcement yesterday, so I don’t have anything to preview — predict or preview for you, but we’ll continue to look for ways to save more lives.”

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Psaki’s response referred to Biden’s federal vaccine mandate that now applies to businesses with more than 100 employees. They are now required to either get their staff vaccinated or conduct weekly testing. Each violation could cost just nearly $14,000 in fines. Biden has also ordered the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to double fines for those who refuse to wear a mask.

“We’ve been patient,” Biden said in a speech scolding and warning Americans who have refused to get the coronavirus inoculation. “But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”

The reluctance to provide an answer on proof of vaccination for domestic flights by the Biden administration raises the specter of vaccine passports once again.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced on Thursday that he is introducing legislation that will require travelers to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours before they can board a domestic flight or travel via Amtrak.

The bill, the Safe Travel Act, would also require all Amtrak, airport, and air carrier employees or contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.

“Requiring airport and Amtrak travelers and employees to provide a proof of COVID vaccine or negative test is just common sense,” Beyer proclaimed in his statement. “These are easy steps we can take to make travel safer, as companies like United have already demonstrated with responsible policy changes.”

“Americans want a return to normal that includes traveling for business or pleasure,” he asserted, “and Congress can help make people comfortable traveling again by putting basic requirements in place that prevent the spread of Covid.”

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There has been a massive pushback against Biden’s overreach concerning forced vaccinations. Republicans are openly rebelling against the heavy-handed mandate and are calling the president’s executive order unconstitutional.

The outcry grew even more intense when White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain retweeted MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, who noted on Thursday: “OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around [sic] for the Federal govt to require vaccinations.”

Pundits were quick to note that Klain had said “the quiet part out loud” about Biden’s attempt to skirt the Constitution in order to implement his vaccine mandate.

“Well, this is a tool, a step that, again, there’s legal authority for based on a 50-year-old law, and one that we took action on because the president wanted to use every lever at his disposal to protect more people and save more lives,” Psaki said trying to conduct damage control after the tweet surfaced.

“But, no, it’s not — we don’t have the ability to tell every American, ‘You have to be vaccinated,’” she admitted. “There’s a means of encouraging it, of mandating it through certain — through certain pathways, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

Outrageously, as Biden cracks down on Americans who have made the choice not to be vaccinated, the administration is giving illegal immigrants a free pass on the jab. Psaki confirmed it in a briefing stating that they were not required to receive a COVID vaccine. She responded to a question on the subject with a curt “That’s correct.”

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