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Biden Mocks Vaccine Skeptics: 'I Have The Freedom to Kill You With My COVID'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/22/2021 Daniel Villarreal
Joe Biden mocked vaccine skeptics during a Thursday night CNN presidential town hall in Baltimore, Maryland. Biden jokingly said, "I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID" while imitating skeptics. This photo shows Biden speaking at the event. © Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Joe Biden mocked vaccine skeptics during a Thursday night CNN presidential town hall in Baltimore, Maryland. Biden jokingly said, "I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID" while imitating skeptics. This photo shows Biden speaking at the event.

Democratic President Joe Biden mocked vaccine skeptics during his Thursday night appearance at CNN presidential town hall. Imitating a skeptic, Biden jokingly said, "I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID."

During the event, moderator Anderson Cooper asked Biden his thoughts about reports of emergency responders in different cities refusing to comply with city vaccine mandates. Cooper asked Biden whether he thought such workers should be fired, encouraged to stay home or allowed to keep their jobs.

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Biden said that his administration turned to mandates because they found that their other efforts to encourage mass vaccination weren't working.

Despite that, Biden said two things still concern him: "gross misinformation" from anti-vaccination activists and those who try to make vaccines a "political freedom issue."

"I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID," Biden said, imitating the latter. "Come on."

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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