- President Biden unleashed his anger at people refusing vaccination on Thursday
- During a CNN town hall, he said it was right that emergency responders were fired if they would not get vaccinated against COVID-19
- He also ridiculed people who said mandates infringed their freedom
- ‘”I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID.” Come on,’ he said
- Earlier he faced a grilling over his massive social spending proposals
- And he offered the broadest update yet on what he is willing to give up in order to win over centrists who have deadlocked his legislative agenda
- The CNN town hall offered him a forum to pitch his plans directly to the public
Published: 21:33 EDT, 21 October 2021 | Updated: 03:44 EDT, 22 October 2021
‘Yes and yes,’ he said to a thunderous round of applause.
‘By the way, I waited until July, to talk about mandating, because I tried everything else possible.
‘Mandates are working.’
Biden traveled to Baltimore for the town hall, where he delivered his most wide-ranging update yet on talks to break the deadlock on his mammoth social spending plans.
His $3.4 trillion program and a smaller infrastructure plan are held up amid divisions between centrists and progressives.
In a headline-packed 90 minutes, he said he was dropping proposals to pay for the spending with a corporate tax hike, that he was considering sending in the National Guard to ease supply chain problems, and would defend Taiwan if it was attacked.
But he also defended his stance on vaccine mandates in uncompromising terms.
The U.S. has lagged behind other wealthy nations in vaccinating people against COVID-19.
A series of mandates for federal workers and for companies with more than 100 staff triggered angry protests and reports of people being fired or resigning in protest.
‘Two things that concern me,’ he said. ‘One, are those who just try to make this a political issue – freedom. “I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID.”