Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), who was the former White House doctor for Barack Obama, spoke out on Friday morning to react to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra defending the White House’s door-to-door vaccination effort to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Jackson told “Fox & Friends” that Joe Biden’s administration “does not have the right” to tell Americans that they have to get vaccinated, adding it is “none of their business” to know who has been vaccinated and who has not, despite what Becerra had to say.
“It’s not the goal of the government, it’s not the job of the government, it shouldn’t be the goal of the government to mandate whether or not we get this vaccine,” Jackson said. “Let’s not lose track of the big picture here. Let me just start by saying I got the vaccine. I looked at my own personal situation [and] decided my risk-benefit, and I got the vaccine.”
“It should be a personal choice for every single American,” he added. “Let’s not lose sight of the fact that … this is still an experimental vaccine being used under emergency-use authorization. The federal government does not have the right to tell Americans that they have to get this vaccine, and it’s none of their business who has had it and who hasn’t had it.”
“This is just another government overreach,” he concluded. “This fits right in the narrative that the Democrats do everything else with the socialist, Marxist, communist way that they want to control your lives, and I’m absolutely opposed to that.”
This comes days after Jackson publicly called for Biden to take a cognitive test.
“The far left and the mainstream media were demanding that be the new standard for anybody who’s going to lead our country and be our Commander-in-Chief and our head of state,” Jackson said, according to Newsweek. “I’m just saying I agree with them at this point—we need to get it done.”
“I think he’s demonstrating every single day that there is something going on,” he added. “You don’t need to be a physician to look at this behavior and see there’s something concerning happening.”
“I’m just asking them, when you do the physical exam include the cognitive assessment,” Jackson stated. “As far as I’m concerned the standard precedent has been set and they need to follow and do the same.”