Biden's Conflict, Confusion and Counterfactual Coercion in Illinois

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Joe Biden was in Elk Grove, Illinois today to push his call for vaccine mandates in businesses. This, from the same guy who in December said that he would never call for such mandates.


While in Illinois, he visited a construction project run by Clayco. Now, I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that he visited this particular company to highlight his push. Nothing at all to do with advertising a big Democratic donor and maybe that’s one way of ensuring that he wouldn’t get booed by the employees. Clayco CEO Bob Clark has given $1.6 to Democrats and at least $166,000 to Biden personally during his presidential run, according to Forbes. He’s even been a bundler for Biden. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Clark is also a Biden Administration appointee. Just last month, the State Department named Clark the U.S. Commissioner General at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

This isn’t the first time that there’s been a conflict with his visits highlighting a company connected to Democrats or his administration. We saw that when he visited Proterra, the electric vehicle technology manufacturer in which his Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm owned millions in stock in at the time.

Clayco, with about three thousand employees, is an example of the companies Biden is pushing mandated vaccinations through an OSHA rule. Although as we have previously said, Biden actually hasn’t even sent out the paperwork to OSHA yet to proceed on that. So on the one hand, he’s claiming it’s such an emergency it has to be mandated yet on the other hand, he hasn’t even worked out the legal parameters of the OSHA mandate.


Biden was, of course, met by protesters when he showed up in Elk Grove. There were some with “F Joe Biden” signs as well as “Let’s go, Brandon.”

But while at the Clayco site, Joe Biden was Joe Biden and had difficulty with his remarks and said some questionable things. He claimed that vaccine mandates were a “powerful economic stimulus.” Just forget about the people such mandates are throwing out of work in the process.

He also tried to downplay for what seems like the umpteenth time the role that President Donald Trump played in getting the vaccine into circulation and administered. There were “only four million Americans had been vaccinated” when he came in, Biden said, “even though the virus had been around.” Um, because the vaccine had only been available for about a month? That’s an amazing amount in that short a period of time. Trump delivered a vaccine in record time, far more quickly than anyone had anticipated and despite the effort from folks like Biden and Kamala Harris questioning the vaccine if it was produced under Trump.

Biden defended his position despite reports, he acknowledged, of “mass firings” and “hundreds of people losing their jobs” over his coercive vaccine mandates. He wasn’t at all concerned about being so coercive. He said that you have to look at the greater picture – that that increases the percentage of people vaccinated in a company. But of course it would when you fire everyone who wouldn’t comply. That’s not a good thing.


Biden also had trouble differentiating between the “television” and “telephone.”

When he spoke about the Illinois Senate president, Don Harmon, I’m not even entirely sure what he was saying, but he seemed to not know what state he was in or exactly what he was talking about.

Then Biden spread some outright misinformation. Biden says if you are vaccinated you cannot spread the virus when he talks about healthcare workers. “We’re making sure healthcare workers are vaccinated because if you seek care at a healthcare facility, you should have the certainty that the people providing that care are protected from COVID and cannot spread it to you.” Um, Joe? This is counterfactual. Vaccinated can spread the virus too. Why are you pushing false information? So will Facebook or Twitter be tagging this for being misleading?



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