Joe Biden had some curt words this past Friday for those seeking to challenge his sweeping new mandate that will require millions of Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
“Have at it,” the president told Republicans eager to challenge the new rules in court, according to the New York Post. Now, one member of the GOP has just vowed to take him up on that offer.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signaled Thursday that she intends to go after Biden’s vaccine mandate in federal court, The Daily Wire reported.
“My legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute [Biden] files his unconstitutional rule,” Noem wrote in a tweet. “This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand.”
Republicans promise to fight
But Noem isn’t the only one calling for legal action against Biden over his new rules forcing as many as 100 million Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Also speaking out against the move is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who said U.S. workers shouldn’t have to choose between their jobs and their personal health decisions.
“How could we get to the point in the country where you would want to have someone lose their job because of their choice about the vaccine or not?” DeSantis said at a press conference Thursday, according to The Daily Wire.
“I mean, look, some folks have reasons to do — maybe they’re making the wrong decision — but to put them out of work and not let them earn a living because of this, I just think that that’s fundamentally wrong,” the Florida governor added of Biden’s threat to go after those who choose to remain unvaccinated.
DeSantis said his administration would “obviously would want to support protections for people who are just trying to earn a living.”
Biden doubles down
Fox News reports that Arizona’s Doug Ducey has also pledged to join the fight. The Republican governor called Biden’s new vaccine rule “dictatorial” and “un-American.”
Under the terms of Biden’s new rule, companies with more than 100 employees will be forced to mandate vaccines among their workforce. The rule will also apply to medical professionals and federal contractors.
Private-sector employees will reportedly be given the option to undergoing weekly testing as an alternative to vaccination, while those in government appear to enjoy no such exemption.
Meanwhile, the owners of entertainment venues such as sports arenas and concert halls are being asked to make proof of vaccination a requirement for entry, according to a White House fact sheet.