DeSantis: COVID Vaccination Mandate is 'Not Constitutional,' and Biden Exempts Post Office, Congress and Staff

By Michael W. Chapman | September 14, 2021 | 11:41am EDT
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).  (Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- At a Monday press conference in Alachua County, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) denounced President Joe Biden's COVID vaccination mandate as unconstitutional and noted that, in the mandate, Congress and its staffers are exempt, as are U.S. postal workers. There are about 633,000 postal workers.

“This is not constitutional, what he is doing,” said DeSantis in reference to Biden's vaccination mandate. "Everyone in his administration for nine months said they don't have the ability to do this, that it shouldn't be mandated. And that includes Fauci, has said that in the past."

"So, they're issuing this mandate for private sector employees but also for all federal employees," he said. "But they're exempting the Post Office.  They're exempting members of Congress and members of Congress' staff. How does that work? Can someone explain the science to me?"

“First of all, I don’t think Post Office should be forced either," said the governor, "but if you're going to do a mandate and you say you're following science, and you exempt a major part of the federal work force, and you exempt Congress, and you exempt the staff of Congress."

"When I was in Congress, I proposed a 28th Amendment -- Congress shouldn't make any law that doesn't apply to them," said DeSantis.

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He continued, "But Biden thinks everyone should be forced except, you deliver mail, somehow that’s fine. But, if you’re somebody – a nurse – who’s been working in the ICU for a private hospital for a year and a half treating COVID patients and likely has already had COVID, then somehow you’re going to get fired unless you follow the mandate.”

“How does that make sense at all?" said DeSantis. "It doesn’t. This is all political.” 

"I think the fight with the Biden mandate is a real serious fight to defend the constitutional system," said the governor. "I know the Founding Fathers created a system where we're the United States of America. ... The president doesn't get to just boss people around. That's not the way our Constitution works."

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