On Monday, CNBC host Jim Cramer expressed outrage at Americans “walking around lawfully unvaccinated” and called on President Joe Biden to bring about a nationwide vaccine mandate, to be run by the U.S. military.
Cramer, the host of the long-running business program “Mad Money,” said during a Monday segment, “It’s time to admit that we have to go to war against COVID. Require vaccination universally. Have the military run it.”
Cramer also suggested anyone who is not vaccinated should have that decision legally challenged as well. “If you don’t want to get vaccinated, you better be ready to prove your conscientious objector status in court,” he said.
Cramer said even once an unvaccinated person establishes their “conscientious objector status” in court, they need to “help in the war effort by staying home.”
Earlier in the segment, Cramer criticized vaccine mandates brought forward by President Joe Biden’s administration so far, including a safety regulation brought by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring businesses with 100 employees or more either get vaccinated or require weekly testing.
Cramer called the OSHA regulation, which it recently suspended amid ongoing legal challenges, “toothless.”
“Nobody wants to be the bad guy, so we’ve allowed a pastiche of uncoordinated health organizations to dictate an on-again, off-again series of measures that mostly just leave us baffled and confused,” Cramer said. “We haven’t centralized the issue to the point where the White House actually seems to take responsibility.”
Cramer said, even though a “vocal, anti-vax minority is always grabbing the mic, this charade must end. The government must require vaccinations. Not of this group or that group, not company by company, in a cruise ship by cruise ship, or airline by airline or governor by governor. The buck stops at the White House.”
Cramer continued to criticize government COVID-control efforts on Tuesday. CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” tweeted, “‘I’m a little disappointed with the professionals–the CDC, NIH they can’t seem to get anything straight,’ says @JimCramer. ‘What does well in a slowdown? It’s going to be cloud, digitization, things that do not stop with the economy–You’ve got to stick with FAANG and friends.'”