"Our patience is wearing thin," warns Biden the unvaccinated.

 In his speech tonight about fighting COVID, Biden took a very authoritarian turn as an excuse to fight the disease that China plagued the world with almost two years ago.

Biden claims that his Transportation Safety Administration will begin doubling fines on passengers who refuse to wear a mask while traveling, saying “if you break the rules, be prepared to pay”:

"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden said during a Thursday address to the nation. "It's about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as president is to protect all Americans."

In his speech, Biden expressed frustration with unvaccinated Americans multiple times and said that he "understands" the "anger" that the vaccinated have against those who have not taken the vaccine.

"We've been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us," Biden told the tens of millions of unvaccinated people in the country. 

"Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective and free," Biden added. "You might be confused about what is true and what is false about COVID-19."

The president also pointed a finger at Republican officials across the country who have opposed mask and vaccine mandates.

"We have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner," Biden said. "These pandemic politics are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die."

The president urged parents of children 12 and older to get vaccinated.

"They get vaccinated for a lot of things. That's it. Get them vaccinated."

Biden officially confirmed that he has instructed the Department of Labor to mandate employers with over 100 workers to either vaccinate them or force them to test for the virus weekly. 

The rule could affect up to 100 million workers and will also levy substantial fines, up to $14,000 per infraction, against companies that refuse to comply. 

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