Knowing that President Joe Biden was not authorized to issue a vaccine mandate under the Constitution, his ever so resourceful staff determined they might have better luck making it stick if it were initiated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency that regulates workplace safety.
After all, they’d been able to buy a bit of extra time for the eviction moratorium by extending it through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the previous month.
Following Biden’s announcement of the vaccine mandate, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle noted the administration’s clever tactic in a tweet. She wrote: “OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations.”
Ruhle was stating the obvious. Yes, it was deceitful, but it was also creative.
Unwisely, Biden’s White House chief of staff Ron Klain retweeted Ruhle’s post.
Political analyst Matthew Hamilton responded in a post of his own: “WH Chief of Staff might regret this retweet. … Courts consider the intent and purpose of policies and Klain just endorsed the notion that OSHA rule is a “work-around” to enact flagrantly illegal federal vaccine mandates.”
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Article by Elizabeth Vaughn.