Idaho Republican Bans Vaccine Mandates While Boss Is Out Of State

President Joe Biden has taken fire and backlash for his expanded federal vaccine mandate, but now he’s not the only one in trouble.

Idaho’s Republican Gov. Brad Little left the state temporarily, and in his absence Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin signed an executive order banning vaccine mandates, testing requirements and vaccine passports.

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“Today, as Acting Governor, I fixed Gov. Little’s Executive Order on ‘vaccine passports’ to make sure that K-12 schools and universities cannot require vaccinations OR require mandatory testing,” she said. “I will continue to fight for your individual Liberty!”

Little had signed an executive order banning vaccine passports earlier this year, but McGeachin expanded his order to more aggressive. Little said he would overturn the ban when he returned to the state.

He didn’t seem pleased with his number two’s actions stating that he intended to rescind her actions upon his return.

“I am in Texas performing my duties as the duly elected Governor of Idaho, and I have not authorized the Lt. Governor to act on my behalf,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Before I even left the state, the Lt. Governor unabashedly requested information from the Adjutant General to deploy our National Guard to the border, the same place I am visiting today to work with my fellow Republican governors on solutions to the crisis. Attempting to deploy our National Guard for political grandstanding is an affront to the Idaho constitution and insults the men and women who have dedicated their life to serving our state and the country. The crisis at the border is something I take very seriously. That is why this summer I worked closely with the states of Arizona and Texas to determine the most impactful way to support their mission, and I sent a specialized team of Idaho State Police troopers to support drug interdiction efforts at the border. The people of Idaho can be assured that as their duly elected Governor, I will continue to fight this important issue. I will be rescinding and reversing any actions taken by the Lt. Governor when I return.”

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