CV NEWS FEED // The Biden administration is facing backlash after expressing hostility and anger toward Americans who have not received COVID-19 shots in several official White House statements and comments from President Joe Biden.
“We are intent on not letting omicron disrupt work and school for the vaccinated. You’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this,” a Dec. 17 White House statement said. “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”
The statement caused an uproar, with many calling it disrespectful toward free citizens and out of keeping with the spirit of Christmas.
President Biden, however, has not backed down. In the eyes of some, in fact, he has doubled down.
The president remarked Tuesday: “All these people who have not been vaccinated, you have an obligation to yourselves, to your family, and, quite frankly — I know I’ll get criticized for this — to your country.”
He went on to issue the commands “Get vaccinated now,” “get your booster shot,” and “wear a mask.”
Of the vaccine, he added “I, honest to God, believe it’s your patriotic duty.”
Numerous commentators took issue with the tone Biden took with those who have chosen not to take the COVID-19 shot. “They have no obligation @POTUS they have the right to choose,” tweeted Samuel Williams. “You have no right to tell them that it is an obligation.”
“I can’t believe Twitter is allowing a president to post such mean tweets,” quipped Twitter user Krissy.
Screenwriter and pundit Andrew Klavan made light of the administration’s ominous messaging, posting an imagined White House Christmas card featuring President Biden wishing Americans a less-than-merry Christmas.