President Joe Biden hasn’t been shy about attacking and demonizing Americans who remain unvaccinated for COVID-19, even casting blame on them for the ongoing pandemic.
Now, Biden has essentially accused the unvaccinated of murder. According to Newsweek, the president scoffed at skeptics of the vaccine and even seemed to dismiss the most fundamental construct of American society — individual freedom — while speaking on the topic during a CNN town hall event this week.
Speaking Thursday, Biden targeted his remarks directly at those who remain hesitant about the vaccines available to combat the coronavirus.
“I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID,” Biden said mockingly, according to Newsweek.
Biden and freedom
The president had just finished addressing a question from the audience about the recent federal approval of vaccines for young children when CNN host Anderson Cooper asked a follow-up about first responders in major cities who are refusing to comply with vaccine mandates.
In response, Biden signaled his support for vaccine mandates and suggested that those who refuse to comply should be fired or forced to stay home.
“I mean, so there’s a — the idea is that — look, the two things that concern me — one, are those who just tried to make this a political issue,” Biden said, according to a transcript from the White House.
“‘Freedom. I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID,'” the president added with a laugh. “No, I mean, come on. ‘Freedom.’ Number one.”
“I turn on Fox”
Biden also lamented the “gross misinformation that’s out there” about the coronavirus before taking a few swipes at Fox News.
“Like what they’re saying about my buddy Colin Powell […] and he was my friend — who passed away. ‘Colin Powell was vaccinated, and he still died.’ Well, he knew he had serious underlying conditions,” Biden said, according to the transcript. “And it would be difficult — he clearly would have been gone earlier had he not gotten the vaccine, had he not gotten the — the shots.
“But my generic point is: There’s so much misinformation,” the president said. “And you know what I find fascinating? I turn on Fox to find out how popular I am,” he joked. Take a look for yourself:
Joe Biden on vaccine mandates: “Come on, ‘freedom?'” pic.twitter.com/xs3MjLDPI1
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 22, 2021