Knox County, Tennessee, Mayor Glenn Jacobs on Friday told President Biden that his county will not comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued last week.
"In Knox County, we know what we stand for. We stand for freedom. We stand for the rule of law. We stand for the Constitution," Jacobs, a WWE star and libertarian-leaning socially conservative Republican, said in a letter to the president. "And you can rest assured that we will stand against your blatant and egregious executive overreach."
The rule requires employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccinations and frequent testing for their workers.
"As an American, I am appalled by your statement," Jacobs said.
"As the chief executive of an organization that employees 2,700 individuals, your action adds financial, legal, and regulatory burdens that will ultimately impact Knox County taxpayers," he added. "In addition, it potentially hinders our ability to attract quality employees since many folks in our community will not work somewhere that unjustly imposes vaccine mandates."
The Federalist also reported that Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III wrote a similar letter to Biden Thursday, saying the mandate likely violated federal law. He is one of 24 Republican state attorney generals demanding that Biden remove the "unlawful and harmful" mandate.
Jacobs also took issue with Biden's chief of staff Ronald Klain’s comments in a Twitter post that said "OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations."
"Mr. President, if we, as elected officials, ignore, disregard, and contravene the laws which bind us, how can we expect our fellow citizens to respect and follow the laws which bind all of us as a society?" Jacobs asked.
Jacobs ended his letter stating, "We are not the country we claim to be. America needs to figure out what this nation stands for — or risk losing freedom."
Fox10 Knoxville reported Friday that the Knox County Health Department reported 421 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new COVID-19 related deaths. There were also 5,850 active cases reported.
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