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Tucker Carlson slams Biden’s COVID speech: ‘How dare you tell us who we can spend the Fourth of July with’

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacted to President Joe Biden’s prime-time COVID-19 speech on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday.

On the one-year mark of the country’s first COVID-19 lockdown, President Biden outlined his plan for returning to “normal” by July 4 in his first prime-time address.

Biden urged Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine and continue wearing masks, warning that that the country could go back into lockdown if these precautions are not taken.

“Unity is what we do together as fellow Americans because if we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track,” Biden said Thursday.

Carlson criticized Biden’s speech, saying there was no mention of people who do not want to receive the COVID vaccination.

“His plan consisting essentially of vaccines, vaccines and more vaccines,” Carlson said. “By May he said there will be enough vaccines for every person in America.”

“If you take that shot, things potentially could get back to normal. No mention at all of the people who might not want to take that shot,” Carlson said.

Biden noted that Americans who get the vaccine and continue following COVID precautions, would possibly be able to celebrate Independence Day “in your backyard or neighborhood” with “small groups.”

“By July the Fourth there’s a good chance you, your families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day,” Biden said.

“That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together. After this long hard year, it will make this Independence Day something truly special, where we not only mark our independence as a nation, but we begin to mark our independence from this virus,” Biden continued.

Biden’s speech elicited negative responses from many Americans, including Carlson.

“The President said, if you take that shot and wear you mask and listen to Dr. Fauci, it is possible, not assured, but possible that you might be able to gather in small groups with the ones you love for the Forth of July,” Carlson said.

“We might have to rescind that right,” Tucker echoed of Biden, “But it’s possible if you’re obedient you’ll get it.”

“Who are you talking to?” Carlson asked. “This is a free people. This is a free country. How dare you tell us who we can spend the Forth of July with?”

Many took to Twitter to slam Biden for his restrictive Independence Day guidelines.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted, “Here’s an idea, Mr. President: Freedom.”

Another user wrote: “You know, I don’t feel like waiting for permission from resident Biden, or anyone else, to celebrate the 4th of July with as many patriotic Americans as I feel like.”

Prior to Biden’s speech, the White House released a statement regarding the holiday.

“As we approach July 4th, based on the best available science and the pace of vaccinations, the CDC will provide public health guidance for people as they travel, participate in small gatherings, and go to work and houses of worship,” the statement read.

Biden said that more guidance on “what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated” would be released within weeks.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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