Reported by ALEX NITZBERG | October 21, 2021
Former ESPN reporter Allison Williams says that President Joe Biden’s claim that the coronavirus vaccination is not a matter of freedom or individual choice is something that a dictator would say.
Williams, who was forced out of her job because she declined to get vaccinated, made the comment during an interview with Megyn Kelly. The 37-year-old Allison said in a recent Instagram video that her request for accommodation was denied by ESPN and the Walt Disney Company.
“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said last month. “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.”
The president made the comment just before he announced that the Labor Department is developing an emergency rule to require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that workers are fully vaccinated or that they furnish a negative test at least once each week.
“I have never been so jarred by anything a president said, and I know Trump said some really crazy things. But to hear the leader of the free world stand up and say, ‘This isn’t about your freedom,’ I thought, oh my God, it is always about our freedom,” Williams told Kelly during the interview.
“This country exists on the principle of freedom. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. And if we don’t have freedom over our own bodies, if our bodily autonomy is not respected, this God-given, Constitutionally protected right to determine what we do with our bodies, we aren’t free,” she continued. “That was scary to me honestly Megyn. That was something a dictator says. That is not something a leader of free people says. What happened to the consent of the governed? What happened to the power of the people?”
Williams noted that when people are forced to choose between getting vaccinated and keeping their job, that represents a form of coercion.
“Everybody acts like, OK, well this was your choice, you chose not to get it, so go get a different job. That’s not choice. That’s coercion,” she noted.