LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Even Joe Biden, who ran on a platform to crush COVID, promised this was too radical to even consider.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: No, I don't think it should be mandatory. I wouldn't demand it to be mandatory.
INGRAHAM: And his press secretary spoke in even more blunt terms just -- well, it was a long time ago -- it was 6 weeks ago.
JEN PSAKI (WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY): That is not the role of the federal government. That is the role that institutions, private-sector entities, and others may take.
INGRAHAM: Well, just like everything else Biden promised, it all turned out to be a lie.
BIDEN: I'm announcing the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ more than 80 million workers, to ensure their work forces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.
INGRAHAM: Do they have the authority to do this under the Department of Labor? Well, this is true, the Labor Department does have authority over workplace safety through OSHA. In this case, the rule can only be temporary, and you can bet it's still going to be subject to lawsuits. They're going to argue, how serious is this emergency when the federal government chose to exempt over 600,000 U.S. Postal Service workers from these rules?
And here is something else to consider: Now, Biden adopted an emergency temporary standard for health care workers back in June, remember that. There has been pressure since he took office to adopt a rule for all industries, but he didn't do it. But now he's doing it. Why? Is he admitting that he failed fighting COVID?
And finally, 75% of the adult population has gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. Nearly 65% have gotten both doses. The numbers grow every day and they don't take into account those who have natural immunity. So why do we even need a vaccine mandate when this is the threshold they told us all along was needed? Well, now we know why -- to feed the left's fragile egos and their ever-increasing thirst for power. And to keep the gravy train rolling, they need to keep vaccinated Americans fearful of the unvaccinated masses. Joining me now are two governors who have been opposed to the government vaccine mandates as soon as they saw them going, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. Your reaction to this announcement from the president today and the overall tone of it?
GOV. TATE REEVES (R-MS): Well, I was very disappointed but not surprised. The president and all of his team for months and months have been telling the American people they would never issue a vaccine mandate and once again this president has gone back on his word and had done the exact opposite. The thing that struck me as I saw him saying that today was, you know, we live in America, and you would expect words like that from the president of communist China or North Korea but you don't expect that coming out of the mouth of the president of the United States.
INGRAHAM: Well, and President Biden knows who to blame, Gov. Ricketts, for the current COVID outbreak -- he blames governors like you.