President Joe Biden did not call vaccine mandates an “outrage and an infringement on freedom,” despite appearing to do so in an edited video shared online.
The video shows a 15-second clip of Biden talking about the pandemic. He says: “Now- in the midst of this pandemic that has taken over 650,000 lives I propose a mandate for COVID-19 vaccines, and it’s an outrage, and it’s an infringement on freedom.”
But the footage has been shortened to remove context and does not accurately capture Biden’s speech, which took place during a campaign appearance in support of California Governor Gavin Newsom ahead of the Sept. 14 recall election (here).
In unedited C-SPAN footage, visible here (24:28-24:56), Biden says: “Talk about inconsistency, in Mississippi, children are required to get vaccinated for measles, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus and more. It’s a state requirement. Now in midst of the pandemic that has taken 650,000 lives, I propose a mandate for COVID-19 vaccines and it’s an outrage, an infringement on freedom. Look folks, we don’t need politics to fight against COVID, we need science. “
His remarks were in response to criticism (here a White House done with persuasion | Reuters) from Republicans on his push for vaccines.
Misleading. Contrary to social media claims, President Joe Biden did not call COVID-19 vaccine mandates an outrage and an infringement on freedom.
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