California Sheriff Refuses To Enforce Vaccine Mandate Due To An Obligation To “Liberty and Freedom”

A California sheriff is refusing to implement the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for his department’s personnel claiming that the federal government has “no authority to mandate your health choices.”

“Over the past couple of weeks, the idea of forced vaccination has caused much concern across the entire country,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a statement

“I will not enforce the vaccine mandate on Sheriff’s Department employees.”

The sheriff noted on Monday that the government does not have the power to impose health decisions on the public — he will promote freedom of choice instead and will not enforce the order earlier set by California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsome. 

“The government has no ability and no authority to mandate your health choices,” Bianco said.

“As your sheriff, I have an obligation to guard your liberty and freedom,” he added.

“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will not be blackmailed, bullied or used as muscle against Riverside County residents in the enforcement of the governor’s order.”

Dividing Americans

The Riverside County Sheriff told ABC7 that the vaccine mandate and the issue of Covid-19 is also dividing Americans as he noted that he and his family recovered from the coronavirus last winter.

“I am certainly not anti-vaccine; I am anti-vaccine for me,” Bianco said. “This is nothing but sensationalism trying to gain readership and further divide us as Americans.”

Earlier in September, President Joe Biden “ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors — in an all-out effort to curb the surging COVID-19 delta variant,” according to The Associated Press.

The said mandate requires all employers with more than 100 workers to require COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees or weekly tests for the coronavirus. This also includes all federal employees. 

In his address on September 9,  the Democratic president also lashed at the millions of Americans who have yet to be vaccinated.

“We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden said. Unvaccinated Americans, he said, “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”

Biden also aired frustration with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, which he routinely blamed for increased transmission of Covid-19 across the country.

“The unvaccinated overcrowd our hospitals; they are overrunning emergency rooms and intensive care units, leaving no room for someone with a heart attack or pancreatitis or cancer,” he said.

GOP governors resist Biden’s order

After Biden made his announcement, several Republican governors signaled that they  are strongly against his push to require vaccinations.

Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota said: “My legal team is standing by ready to file a lawsuit the minute @joebiden files his unconstitutional rule. This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand.” 

If President Biden mandates vaccines, South Dakota will see him in court. I’d encourage Americans to get vaccinated, as I did. But that choice is theirs to make – not the federal government’s to make for them,” she added.

“Biden’s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses. I issued an Executive Order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether they get the COVID vaccine & added it to the special session agenda. Texas is already working to halt this power grab,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, another Republican, said.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also slammed Biden for what he called a “government overreach.” 

“This is exactly the kind of big government overreach we have tried so hard to prevent in Arizona — now the Biden-Harris administration is hammering down on private businesses and individual freedoms in an unprecedented and dangerous way,” the governor said.

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina also maintained that he will stand by the rights of his constituents to decide on their health matters.

“Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian,” McMaster said.

“The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats,” he added.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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