White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki caused a stir when she addressed President Joe Biden’s vaccine press release that stated businesses with more than 100 employees needed to require the COVID-19 jab as “federal law” on Tuesday.
According to The Federalist, the White House mouthpiece was looking to minimize the efforts of Republican governors to override the federal executive order and retain their citizen’s medical freedom.
Psaki called the executive order “federal law” and claimed that as such, it superseded any orders given by state governors that would contradict the president’s order.
This came after governors of several red states signed their own orders that nullified the controversial executive order, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Abbott signed his order on Monday, saying that no entity could mandate the COVID-19 vaccination in the Lone Star State, whether a state government office or a private citizen doing so as a prerequisite to employment.
DeSantis made a smilier order, saying that no institutions could require “vaccine passports” in the state of Florida, regardless of what the president’s executive order stated.
According to Psaki, however, these Republican governors are playing games with the well-being of their citizens and “putting politics ahead of public health.” This in contrast to the president whose goal it is to “work to get more people vaccinated.”
“When you make a choice that’s against all public health information and data out there, it’s not based on what is in the interest of the people you are governing,” she said, seeming to put aside the data supporting the idea that the vaccination doesn’t prevent the spread of the virus.
Psaki is supporting the president’s statement, however, echoing his false claim that receiving the vaccination keeps individuals from spreading the virus, even though it’s more commonly reported to lessen symptoms, which would indicate someone would be more likely to be asymptomatic and spread the virus without knowing it.
The Federalists Joy Pullmann previously noted that in an interesting twist, that as of that time, the so-called vaccine mandate didn’t exist: “There is no executive order. There’s nothing but press statements,” Pullmann wrote last week. “Despite what you may have been falsely led to believe by the media fantasy projection machine, press statements have exactly zero legal authority.”