President Joe Biden exhibited authoritarian tendencies in a divisive speech on Thursday in which he attacked tens of millions of unvaccinated Americans.
In the days leading up to his speech, White House officials were apparently giddy in anticipation of the latest mandate the president was preparing to unveil, as evidenced by White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s recent remarks.
“It depends on if you’re vaccinated or not”
According to the Daily Wire, she delivered thinly veiled swipes at unvaccinated Americans during press conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.
In Wednesday’s briefing, Psaki previewed Biden’s new six-pronged plan to combat COVID-19, leading to a question from CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang regarding the possibility that “actionable” proposals would be included in the president’s upcoming speech.
Psaki responded in the affirmative, asserting that there would “absolutely” be “new steps” announced soon.
“And will any of those new steps influence the average American’s day-to-day life? Should we expect any new mitigation recommendations, as an example?” Jiang asked.
After cracking a smile, Psaki added: “It depends on if you’re vaccinated or not.”
“More to come on private-sector requirements”
She then proceeded to reveal that the “new steps” would include “mandates,” though she declined to offer any further specifics.
Psaki tells @weijia that Biden will announce six “new steps” in the COVID response on Thursday, including measures related to mandates and protecting children in schools
Should Americans expect new mitigation recommendations?
Psaki: “It depends on if you’re vaccinated or not” pic.twitter.com/t0dsf8cWCU
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 8, 2021
The following day, she was repeatedly asked to address rumors and speculation regarding what Biden would announce just hours later.
“There is more to come on private-sector requirements that will apply to many of these companies you are referring to,” Psaki replied.
Her forecast came true when a visibly angry Biden revealed that he had ordered the Department of Labor to implement an emergency rule requiring all employees of businesses with more than 100 workers to receive the vaccine or weekly COVID-19 tests. As millions of Americans worry that they will be forced to choose a vaccination or a job loss, it is clear that the new mandate will face immediate legal challenges.