CNBC anchor Jim Cramer closed his show Monday night with a fervid rant demanding that the Biden administration "require" forced nationwide COVID-19 vaccinations, going so far as to suggest deploying the U.S. military to run the operation.
What did he say?
Cramer, who hosts CNBC's "Mad Money," usually talks stock market and business world news. But on Monday, he turned his attention to the newly detected coronavirus variant, dubbed "Omicron," that sparked mass hysteria over Thanksgiving weekend.
“With the new Omicron variant sweeping the globe, how do we finally put an end to this pandemic? How do we save lives and get business back to normal so everybody can put dinner on the table?" he asked his audience, according to Mediaite.
The anchor then followed up his question by proposing, “The federal government needs to require vaccines, including booster shots, for everyone in America by, say, Jan. 1.”
Over the next several minutes, Cramer chastised the federal government's supposedly half-hearted approach regarding vaccine mandates, at one point lamenting that "our government has lost the ability, or the will, to make our people do the right thing" (emphasis added).
He went on to complain that "we haven’t centralized the issue to the point where the White House actually seems to take responsibility," but instead have left the issue up to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
Even worse, according to Cramer, "We left vaccination policy to individual companies."
"It’s just plain wrong, and most of us are sick of it," the anchor added, eventually stating, “It’s time to admit that we have to go to war against COVID. Require vaccination universally. Have the military run it.”
Mediaite noted that a federal vaccine mandate isn't something that a president can simply demand. The issue is nuanced, and a sweeping directive such as that would almost certainly end up in court.
In the latter case, the ruling judge did not mince words when illuminating how Biden's mandate stood in opposition to America's republican system of government.
"Congress did not clearly authorize CMS to enact ... this politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate, which Supreme Court precedent requires," U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp declared.