Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Sunday criticized other Republican lawmakers for “playing on people’s fear” by running fundraising campaigns against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Speaking on CBS News’Face the Nation , Kinzinger said there are some Republican lawmakers who work to “manipulate” the Republican base and only care about what it means for their votes and their results as politicians. “
“There are some, you know, Republican members of Congress and things they do fundraising-post-fundraising email about, ‘First, it will be a vaccine mandate, next, the Gestapo will show up at your door and be He will take his Bible, ‘”added the congressman. “That is not going to happen and that plays on people’s fear.”
Kinzinger’s comments come after President Joe Biden announced a new federal mandate on vaccines on Thursday that will require companies with more than 100 employees to require staff to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID tests.
The mandate could affect nearly 80 million workers and will be issued by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Department Administration (OSHA). The Biden administration will also require vaccinations and eliminate testing options for employees and contractors of the Department of Labor. federal government, including those in the healthcare industry, and will require heavy penalties for people who do not comply.
The new requirements mark the most aggressive measures taken by Biden to address COVID-19 and have outraged Republican governors across the country. Various Republican leaders, including the governors of Georgia, Arizona, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, they have suggested they will take legal action to combat the mandates.
On Sunday, Kinzinger said in Face theNación who believes that the mandates “will save lives”, adding that the politicization of COVID-19 vaccines comes from the “failure” of some Republican leaders.
“The failure here come the leaders who have basically used the status of the vaccine as a tattoo of the political tribe to which it belongs,” he said.
“I mean we all hear stories of people who are in, you know, very red areas who are ashamed to say that they are vaccinated. That’s crazy and silly, and that’s a problem with leaders, particularly Republican leaders, who don’t stand up and cover people and say, ‘Look, this isn’t what Republicanism should be or conservatism, ‘”he added.
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