As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wind down, and the delta variant begins to fizzle out, the federal government has been continuing to push vaccine mandates across the board, irking many Americans who believe that they should have medical freedom in regard to the virus.
The issue has become so heated, in fact, that several states lawmakers are taking steps to prevent employers and institutions from enforcing such requirements, with Texas and Florida leading the way.
This week, after it was announced that Texas Governor Greg Abbott had signed an executive order forbidding such governmental overreach, the White House snapped back…and with an ugly insinuation.
Asked Tuesday about the purported motivation for Abbott’s move, White House press secretary Jen Psaki answered bluntly, with a single word: “Politics.” The two Republican governors have also led the party’s resistance to school-based mask mandates. President Biden had previously criticized that fight as motivated purely by political considerations.
“I think it’s pretty clear when you make a choice that’s against all public health information and data out there,” Psaki went on to say, “that it’s not based on what is in the interest of the people you are governing. It’s perhaps in the interest of your own politics.”
The statement may have held a special, subtle purpose as well.
Abbott, like his fellow Republican, anti-mandate Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, is said to be considering a run for the presidency in 2024. By opening this line of attack early, it has allowed the Democrats to cue in on the talking points that the Biden administration will likely use to attempt to stymy Abbott’s further political ambitions.