Several Republican states are actively working to ensure that workers who lose their jobs because of COVID-19 vaccine mandates can access vital unemployment benefits. Many Democrat politicians and activists are predictably upset. One of Joe Biden’s former COVID advisers, Ezekiel Emanuel, has now outright said that unvaccinated people do not deserve any financial help.
So far, Tennessee, Florida, Iowa, Arkansas, and Kansas have enacted legislation to protect the unvaccinated who lose their jobs over their medical decisions. Emanuel told CNN this week that the unvaccinated should not receive any exceptions to mandates, which he says are “based on politics.”
Emanuel said he does not like the “incentive” of protecting unemployment benefits “at all.” He said that anyone deciding against the experimental vaccines is “doing social harm,” When governor’s reward them, it is “just the opposite” of what he believes the country needs.
He went on to say that he thinks the country’s founding fathers would have been in favor of compulsory government jabs in the name of COVID-19. He added that he thinks anyone rejecting the shots is not acting in the “name of individual liberty” but the “name of politics.”
Emanuel’s strong language comes even as Democrat governors and state legislatures begin to work back from vaccine mandates they had previously said were essential. Joe Biden admitted earlier this week that he now knows that handling COVID is a state and local issue rather than a federal problem.
Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul has said that she will keep public schools open despite the panic being whipped up by the corporate media over the Omicron variant. Democrat Colorado Governor Jared Polis has said that he will not reintroduce masking mandates, which is also a promise made by Democrat Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. Even hardcore COVID activist Democrat, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, has said that she will not impose a vaccine mandate in the state because of the already critical labor shortage.