Chris Wallace pressures Paxton over a self-righteous ban on vaccine mandates

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Fox News host Chris Wallace challenged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to explain why Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has issued an executive order preventing private companies from requiring Covid-19 vaccines for their employees.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Paxton argued that President Joe Biden and the federal government do not have the power to require companies with more than 100 employees to impose vaccines or weekly tests for Covid-19.

Wallace insisted, “You say Texas companies should take care of their workers, then, given that, as Texas Governor Greg Abbott justifies, issuing an executive order banning any company in Texas from issuing a vaccine warrant. and how do you justify the governor issuing a ban on all school districts on mask mandates – a ban that was overturned just this week by a federal judge? ”

“So I justify it: the governor has the authority under state law in case of an emergency,” Paxton replied. “And so he did just that. Obviously, it is his opinion that these masking warrants are not necessary and that the requirements for vaccines are also not necessary, so it is my job as a state attorney to defend what he has done and what he has. made the legislator and I’m perfectly comfortable doing it. ”

“You said Texas companies should take care of their employees,” Wallace tried again. “Is it consistent with the governor’s executive order and his enforcement of that order, which prohibits companies from taking care of their workers as they see fit?”

But Paxton insisted that Biden “doesn’t have the authority to force companies” to apply for vaccines.

“Yes, but you said companies should take care of their workers and the governor is saying they can’t take care of their workers as they see fit,” Wallace said. “They are prohibited from deciding, if they wish, to issue a vaccination warrant. It is not consistent.”

“We are dealing with different kinds of requirements here,” Paxton said. “We have the requirements of the state government. So it is clear that the governor has an executive order other than [the federal government] and we’ve been in all kinds of disputes with school districts and counties, trying to stop them from imposing mandates to San Antonio and vaccines and we’ve been successful. ”

Wallace tried again to get a direct answer from Paxton.

“I just want to go through this one more time,” he noted. “You’re saying they should have the authority and the ability to decide what their workers should do. The governor’s executive order forbids them from deciding what they want to do. It bans vaccine warrants.”

“I think your question is a bit confusing,” Paxton complained. “But yes, the federal government does not have the authority to do this. Right now, we have OSHA guidelines that have not been authorized by Congress. They have absolutely no authority to do so. The governor has a different authority under the law. state that the gave him the legislator and is operating according to that state law “.

“So can you tell private companies what to do?” Wallace cut him off. “Okay and they can’t take care of them?”

But Paxton refused to back down, saying “states have more authority over these areas than the federal government.”

“And I would also wonder if Congress has the authority,” he added.

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