White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein dropped his boss on hot water Friday after a federal judge blocked the president’s vaccine order for private affairs, citing Klein’s retweet of MSNBC host’s comments on the new OSHA rule.
Late last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals gave another blow to President Joe Biden’s extensive direction.
A panel of judges has called Biden’s order ‘overblown at best’ and ‘at best excessive’.
The 22-page verdict includes a Twitter post that Ron Klein retweeted from September 9.
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle posted: “The final task that the federal government requires for vaccinations is to make OSHA a wax mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule.”
One member of the bench, Judge Kurt Engelhardt, ruled that Klein’s retweet was an ‘endorsement’ of the phrase ‘work-around’.
In the court’s opinion, Engelhardt wrote that the public interest “serves by upholding our constitutional structure and by protecting the liberty of individuals who make extreme personal decisions according to their own convictions.”
Appearing to refer to Klein, he said, ‘Even, or perhaps in particular, when those decisions frustrated government officials.’
Klein got his boss in hot water on Friday when a panel of judges used his retweet as an argument against Biden’s workplace vaccine rule.
Klein has retweeted MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle after Biden’s announcement
He accused the Biden administration of adding ‘economic uncertainty’ despite the authorities’ efforts to correct rising inflation and growing supply chain problems.
‘From economic uncertainty to workplace strife, the mere ghost of the order has led to an unexplained economic upheaval in recent months,’ the judge wrote.
Senator Ted Cruz slammed Klein after sharing the post at the time, tweeting: ‘OSHA is doing this vaxx [sic] The mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate task for the federal government [sic] Vaccination is required. ‘
‘Important,’ Cruz tweeted. ‘A stupid RT from the WH chief’s staff. He said the quiet part loudly. Biden administrators know this is illegal (like a ban on eviction) but they don’t care.
But Biden’s Justice Department said Saturday that the fight was not backing down.
“This decision is just the beginning of the process to review this important OSHA standard,” a DOJ spokesman told LBL.
‘The department will continue to uphold the standards strongly and look forward to a decisive decision after consolidating all pending cases for further review.’
Bidens Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a cautious response Sunday to a court order.
I think this is a setback for public health, ”Murthy said.
“What is clear to us is that when people get vaccinated and more people get vaccinated, we are able to end this epidemic. We can ultimately save more lives.”
This is not the first time Klein has been called out for putting too much on social media.
Barack Obama and George W. The head of Bush’s staff last month accused Klein of spending too much time on Twitter.
Responding to a tweet from the former president of Obama’s Economic Advisers Board, he said the problems would be “much worse” if the unemployment rate was still 10%.
‘I would never do that. And frankly, I don’t know how he does it – I think he’s really going to focus on how he keeps it, and at the same time he’s doing public communication, ‘Bush Chief of Staff Josh Bolton said at a debate at American University.
‘I’m impressed and impressed that he gives his significant time to it.’
Jack Lew, who spent nearly a year as Obama’s chief of staff and then as secretary of his treasury, said Twitter was simply ‘not the best way to make public policy’.
‘I personally feel that senior executives should have a social media presence, if they have them, and avoid going back and forth,’ he said.
Though he added Klein, ‘Ron is as good a debater as you can find.’
There have been criticisms of another problematic retweet calling inflation a problem for ‘top-class’ Americans.
In his speech in Baltimore on Friday, Biden himself admitted a few days ago that inflation was taking a toll on American families.
Months after reducing the growing economic loss on US families to just ‘short-term’ damage, Biden admitted prices were ‘too high’.
Everything from a gallon of gas to bread can cost more, he said. ‘We still face challenges and we have to face them … we have to face them.’