White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain may have unwittingly played a role in protecting the majority of the U.S workforce from President Joe Biden’s nationwide vaccine mandate after the courts cited Klain’s retweet in a document that brought the mandate to a screeching halt.
Klain was called out in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ 22-page document reaffirming their stay to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard (ETS) which would require certain employees to get the jab or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a mask.
“On September 9, 2021, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain retweeted MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle’s tweet that stated, ‘OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations,'” read a footnote in the court document.
A Ron Klain retweet makes an appearance in the 5th Circuit ruling on the OSHA rule. pic.twitter.com/4zvJCRrYK1
— John Fritze (@jfritze) November 13, 2021
Ruhle’s tweet on September 9 characterized the OSHA mandate as the “ultimate work-around.”
OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations.
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) September 9, 2021
Political analyst Matthew Hamilton immediately picked up on the potential impact of Klain’s message that reinforced the mandate as a “work-around,” and noted that Klain may regret the retweet.
“Courts consider the intent and purpose of policies and Klain just endorsed the notion that OSHA rule is a ‘work-around’ to enact flagrantly illegal federal vaccine mandates,” Hamilton tweeted in September.
WH Chief of Staff might regret this retweet.
Courts consider the intent and purpose of policies and Klain just endorsed the notion that OSHA rule is a “work-around” to enact flagrantly illegal federal vaccine mandates. pic.twitter.com/RBB4ihsIiL
— Matthew Hamilton (@MatthewDavidHa4) September 9, 2021
The left swooned over Ruhle’s proclamation at the time.
It means all businesses must provide a safe working environment or be subject to fines , read and heed anti maskers and anti vaxers, aka Republicans and religious zealots
— Phil Stehle (@StehlePhil) September 9, 2021
I don’t care if it’s a “work-around” to require vaccinations. I also have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and I’m tired of the anti-vax folks making my life harder. Their rights end where mine begin.
— Kathy Beery, M.Ed. (@lvstodance) September 9, 2021
Now that Klain has been called to the carpet for his apparent endorsement of the federal government circumventing the law, many are enjoying watching Biden’s own administration begin to dismantle the mandate.
They said the quiet part out loud and the court decided that was their intent.
— Antifaucist Acktion (@Apolocalypses) November 13, 2021
— Rogue Penguin (@Rogue_40) November 13, 2021
Best self-own of the Brandon administration ever.
— Satisfied_Yet (@satisfied_yet) November 13, 2021
“Work Around” the Constitution. Thus is revealed the minds of leftists everywhere.
— Legitimately Skeptical (@makennavtgmark) November 13, 2021
Klain recently defended the mandates on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after the court initially stayed the mandate and asserted that he believed the OSHA ETS would ultimately be upheld.
“It’s common sense, Chuck, if OSHA can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, to be careful around chemicals, it can put in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe,” he brazenly claimed.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 8, 2021
The court document also noted that OSHA “‘reasonably determined in June 2020 that an emergency temporary standard was ‘not necessary’ to ‘protect working people from occupational exposure to infectious disease, including COVID-19.'”
In the federal agency’s 50-year history, ten ETS’s have been issued. There have been six ETS’s challenged in court and only one survived the court’s scrutiny.
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