A Democrat who occupies the Oval Office used mandatory immunization as an excuse to distract the nation from his political problems, Mississippi’s governor said on Sept. 19.

Gov. Tate Reeves (R) accused Joe Biden of using the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to avoid taking responsibility for his failed presidential policies.

“[Biden] wants to change the political narrative away from Afghanistan and away from the other issues that are driving his poll numbers into the ground, and focus on anything–particularly a political fight–other than those issues,” the governor said according to the Washington Times.

The Democrat allegedly overstepped his authority by forcing millions of health workers to take the jab. He also ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to fine businesses that do not enforce the vaccine or conduct weekly testing.

“[The president] knows he does not have the authority to do this in my opinion,” Reeves said according to the paper. “This is an attack by the president on hardworking Americans and hardworking Mississippians, who he wants to choose between getting a jab in their arm and their ability to feed their families.”

The heated remarks came after Biden criticized the Magnolia State’s immunization policies.

“Children are required to be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus and more,” the president said in a statement. “I propose a requirement for COVID vaccines and the governor of that state calls it a ‘tyrannical-type move?'”

The governor categorically rejects this claim, and warns the state is prepared to sue Biden. Those on the “left” should also be worried by the president flexing his powers on the private sector.

“If this president has the ability to mandate vaccines, what powers do we not grant this president, what does he not have the ability to do?” he said according to the Guardian.

“This should scare Democrats just as much as it scares Republicans because, if we give unilateral authority by one individual to do anything he wants to do–whether it is a jab in the arm or anything else–then this country is in deep, deep, deep trouble, and that is not something that I am willing to stand by and allow him to do,” he added.

Mississippi recently eclipsed New Jersey’s highest death rate from COVID-19 among U.S. states. At least 306 have died for every 100,000 people.

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