Arkansas Attorney General and candidate for governor, Leslie Rutledge, took to Twitter Tuesday evening to express her frustration with President Joe Biden’s latest vaccine mandate.
“President Biden needs to lawyer up because I will see him in court as I vigorously defend Arkansans from his vaccine mandate,” Rutledge tweeted from her official AG account.
This comes following Biden’s announcement of new expansive rules last week, which mandate that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated, or test for the virus weekly. These mandates would affect nearly 80 million American workers.
Fellow Republican, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has also taken a stance against the latest mandate, saying it is the wrong approach to increase vaccination rates, and calling it “government overreach.”
Rutledge is in favor of Arkansans receiving the vaccines, as she began promotions in public service announcements over the summer. However, she believes Individuals should have a choice in whether they want to receive the shot.
“I got the shot this spring. No one should be forced to get the vaccine, it’s about personal responsibility. Get off Google and talk to your doctor. Know the facts about the vaccine. Over 90 percent of Arkansans who have died from Covid did not get the shot,” Leslie said in a statement on social media.
Rutledge is currently campaigning for governor, facing Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the 2022 GOP primary.