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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt celebrated with the state’s success challenging the Biden administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate, saying it was a “major win” for state’s rights.
During an interview on Fox News, the Republican AG declared that Joe Biden “doesn’t respect the rule of law” after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s directive that businesses with 100 or more employees must either get vaccinated or tested weekly.
“It’s a big win for workers. It’s a big win for the Constitution. It’s a big win for the rule of law and individual freedom. I mean, people should be able to make these decisions themselves without being fired. OSHA was created to make sure forklifts beep when they back up, not force a medical procedure on 80-plus million Americans,” Schmitt said.
“And so that’s a big win. And I also think it stands for a much larger proposition of, these agencies, we can’t let them run wild here. You can’t try to fit an elephant into a mouse hole, as one of the justices said,” he said.
“We can’t cede this much authority of the federal government. America has been the freest country in the history of the world. We believe in individual rights. And we believe that we spread out this power among the branches to protect individual freedom. And for those reasons, I think it’s a big win last week from the court,” he added.
“And the senator told us that he thought that Joe Biden knew that it was unconstitutional, but he just figured he would put it out there and force companies’ hand while it was adjudicated. And now you have got the Biden administration encouraging businesses to ignore this judgment and enforce the vaccine mandate anyway. What does that say about this lawlessness that we are watching every day out of this administration?” he asked.
“Well, it should come as no surprise, which is why A.G.s like me and others across the country have fought so hard to protect people’s individual rights from a president that just wants to bulldoze the separation of powers and doesn’t respect the rule of law,” Schmitt declared.
“By the way, Maria, this is the same administration that is siccing the FBI on parents who are showing up to school board meetings in this country. This is about power and control. It always has been. It’s not about data or science. It’s about power and control, command-and-control,” he added.
“The left wants to make sure that they have an administrative state that issues these edicts, and people have to follow it. But, thankfully, we live in a country where the rule of law still matters, a system of federalism where the states created the federal government to be a government of limited powers,” he said.
“And we’re going to continue to fight back and push back against this president, who just doesn’t respect the rule of law,” Schmitt concluded.