When Joe biden announced sweeping federal coronavirus vaccine requirements for 100 million Americans, the White House braced for objections from Republican opponents.
But this being 2021, the right-wing backlash went far beyond simple political debate in the realm of inflammatory language which analysts fear could result in direct and violent action.
In South Carolina, the governor Henry mcmaster sworn to fight “at the gates of hell to protect the freedom and livelihoods of every South Carolinian”. Tate reeves, the governor of Mississippi, tweeted, “The vaccine itself saves lives, but this unconstitutional measure is terrifying. ” JD Vance, a Conservative candidate for Senate seat in Ohio, warned, “Only mass civil disobedience will save us from the naked authoritarianism of Joe Biden.”
And the right-wing media went further, casually throwing up terms such as “authoritarian,” “fascist,” “totalitarian” and “tyrannical” to characterize the president’s tenure that all employers over 100 workers require their employees to be vaccinated or tested. for the virus every week.
The rhetoric is seen as dangerous in a feverish political atmosphere that saw a deadly insurgency at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6 and plans for another extremist protest at the same location on Saturday.
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From mass holidays, voluntary job losses and retirements, to understaffing issues and an increase in harassment and assaults by unruly passengers, airport and airline workers continue to bear the brunt of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the airline industry.
The sector has been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, losing around 100,000 jobs in the first months of the pandemic.
Through three rounds of funding, Congress has provided industry with $ 54 billion in federal aid to keep workers on the payroll, while pushes in the Delta variant have muffled recovery of air travel at home and abroad.
U.S. airlines have diverged over whether to implement vaccine mandates for their employees, while passengers are not required be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test to fly and some airlines did not support extend mask mandates on US domestic flights.
“In my entire career, I have never experienced what we are going through right now,” said an American Airlines flight attendant who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal because she is not authorized to speak with the media.
“I’m going to work now and I’m always worried about what’s going to happen, what’s going to trip someone up, trigger their anger. It’s a whole new ball game right now and it’s a different kind of passenger that we’re seeing right now.
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