The Republican Attorney General of Missouri blasted governments and employees for threatening workers with losing their jobs if they didn’t get vaccinated, comparing that mentality to that of tyrants and dictators.
“Yes, if anyone says that using fear is good, that’s what every tyrant in world history and every dictator in world history has said to accumulate, aggregate and to maintain power, ”the Missouri attorney general said. Eric Schmitt said at a press conference Thursday, when asked about vaccine mandates. “This is America – the freest country in the history of the world – and I don’t think we should allow individual politicians who want to take power and never let go to gain it in the first place. “
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Schmitt added: “People can make their decisions. I believe in freedom. I believe in responsibility. People can make these very important decisions themselves. And I don’t want to live in a futuristic biomedical security state, dystopian. And I will do all I can as the attorney general to protect the rights of individuals in the state. “
President Biden announcement At the end of last month, federal workers will either have to receive the coronavirus vaccine or be forced to undergo rigorous testing, masking and social distancing.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an ordinance requiring that only people who have been vaccinated may enter indoor spaces like restaurants, bars and gyms. Los Angeles City Council advanced with a similar plan this week.
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Many large companies, including United Airlines also said employees need to be vaccinated to continue working.
Republicans across the country have rejected the idea of mandatory vaccines, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who called for “zero” and offers legislation this week that would ban federal mandates for vaccines and masks.
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“No mask warrant,” Cruz tweeted this week with an excerpt from an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “No vaccine warrant. No vaccine passport. No COVID warrant!”
Schmitt is running for the Missouri Senate to succeed retired Republican Senator Roy Blunt.
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