President Joe Biden made headlines this week after he admitted during a conference call with state governors that there “is no federal solution” to the COVID-pandemic.
Critics have seized on the acknowledgement, with many citing it as more evidence that the federal government needs to back off when it comes to COVID rules.
One of those critics is South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” during an interview on Wednesday that residents in her state are tired of Washington’s overreach.
Noem says Biden “doesn’t have the authority” for COVID mandates
“That’s interesting to me that the president is so bold in saying that there is no federal solution yet continuing to impose mandates on the country,” Noem said.
“And the fact is that he doesn’t have the authority to put these mandates in place,” she continued. “That’s why South Dakota and many other states and governors and attorney generals have challenged the federal government on this authority in court.”
“That will be heard here in January and we’ll win. We’ll win because this president has taken unprecedented action to impose on the liberties and freedoms of the American people.
Noem concluded by declaring that “sometimes the only ones that are left to fight are the governors,” adding, “We really need to be able to take care of our people. We’ve shown that we do it the best.
South Dakota’s governor was far from alone in her response to Biden’s recent statement regarding his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Clinton advisor accuses Biden of giving up
The GOP’s Twitter account declared on Monday that “Joe Biden claimed he would shut down the virus. Now a year later when he failed to do so, he says there is no federal solution to COVID. Joe Biden is a hypocrite.”
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton spoke up as well, tweeting, “When Joe Biden says ‘there is no federal solution,’ he’s trying to avoid blame for his incompetence. If he really believes this, he should rescind his unconstitutional federal mandates.”
So did former Trump presidential campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh, who remarked, “This is … not what he campaigned on. At all.”
Fox News noted that not all of the criticism came from the right, as former Hillary Clinton adviser Peter Daou accused the president of giving up.