President Joe Biden continues to face widespread criticism of his support for strict COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
This week, former ESPN reporter Allison Williams slammed Biden’s remarks on the topic, comparing them to the rhetoric used by dictators.
“It’s always about our freedom”
Williams recently quit the cable network after refusing to submit to its corporate vaccine mandate. She attempted to secure an exception but the company denied her request.
She has since explained that one reason she turned down the shot is that she and her husband are trying to have a child and they had concerns about how the vaccine might impact a pregnancy.
Furthermore, Williams has asserted that submitting to ESPN’s mandate would constitute a violation of her “values” and “morals.” Since leaving the network, she was offered a job with the conservative website Daily Wire.
During a recent interview on The Megyn Kelly Show, Williams revealed her initial reaction to hearing Biden announce that America’s patience is “running thin” as millions of individuals opt against receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
“I have never been so jarred by anything a president said,” she asserted. “To hear the leader of the free world stand up and say, ‘This isn’t about your freedom,’ I thought, ‘Oh my God, it is always about our freedom.'”
“That was scary to me”
Williams went on to insist that Americans “aren’t free” if they are not afforded “bodily autonomy” by the government, concluding that Biden’s position does not reflect the personal liberties that citizens have come to expect.
“That was scary to me,” she added. “That was something a dictator says. That is not something a leader of free people says.”
As for those who have reacted to her departure from ESPN by declaring that it was her choice, she offered a different perception, calling it “coercion” on the part of her former employer.
Of course, Biden would clearly not agree with her assessment. In fact, he recently signaled his support for employers firing workers who refused to abide by existing vaccine mandates.
He made his opinion clear in response to the sort of argument being made by Williams, sarcastically declaring: “Freedom. I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID. No, come on. Freedom?”