Politicians lie. That seems to be a character trait as Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) goes back on his promises. Youngkin said, “I’ve gotten the vaccine, and my family has gotten the vaccine. It’s the best way for people to keep themselves safe. And I have asked everyone in Virginia to please get the vaccine. But I don’t think we should mandate it.” But did he mean it?
Youngkin was the champion of Virginia and an example for the rest of the country as they hoped that conservatives had a bright future. While the Republicans still won, Youngkin’s considerable concern won’t stand by the Republican values.
Youngkin said, “Localities are going to have to make decisions the way the law works, and that is going to be up to individual decisions. But, again, from the governor’s office, you won’t see mandates from me.”
That’s an excellent stance to take, but it’s concerning that Youngkin would campaign with an anti-mandate outlook but change his tune as soon as he got elected. Youngkin is setting himself up to be a one-time governor.
Other Republican leaders have been very anti-mandate across the board. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is an example of that. Florida opened back up very early in the Covid-19 pandemic. Florida began phase 1 of reopening on May 4th, 2020, and opened up further from there.
Words are words, but actions are actions. When you aren’t held accountable for your actions, you have to be taken out of office.
Even President Joe Biden said that the Covid-19 vaccine shouldn’t be mandatory. In December 2020, Biden said, “No. I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”
Youngkin also said, “We need those healthcare workers. We need people on the job. To make their life difficult, that’s no way to go serve Virginians” before he was elected. If you see that they’re being threatened, which you are, you have a responsibility to protect them. If you don’t stop vaccine mandates, then you aren’t watching them. His actions are falling very short of his words. Many Virginians are probably regretting their vote, but then again, the flip side would have been worse, but maybe more honest.