(USA Features) Republican governors who have vowed to sue the administration following President Joe Biden’s issuance of a mandate to private companies requiring their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 don’t have a chance, according to a White House official.
White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond, a former Democratic lawmaker from Louisiana, told CNN’s Don Lemon that Biden “won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way” of saving American lives.
He also said the administration will do “anything and everything” to protect Americans.
“The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we’re always going to put people above politics, and we’re going to fight for those who really need our help. And so it’s unfortunate that we have so many governors that are using vaccinations and mask requirements as a political gain,” Richmond said.
“Those governors who stand in the way, I think it was very clear from the president’s tone today, that he will run over them … It’s not for political purposes, it’s to save the lives of American people,” he said.
“So we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people,” Richmond added.
He went on to admit that indeed, Biden issued mandates because there are tens of millions of Americans who have chosen not to get the vaccine.
“We’ve put the burden on the businesses, if you have 100 or more employees, to get your employees vaccinated or to implement a rigorous testing regime,” he said.
“We have 75% of the country has at least taken one shot, and what we need is people to just do the responsible thing, care for their neighbors, care for children who can’t get vaccinated and take the shot,” Richmond added.
“This is a race between vaccines and variants,” he said.
Several GOP governors have vowed to fight the mandates in court, including Govs. Ron DeSantis in Florida, Kristi Noem in South Dakota, Mike Parson in Missouri, and Greg Abbott in Texas.