It was a mic drop moment, literally and metaphorically, for a state trooper in Washington as he concluded his final shift in law enforcement, and he was hardly mincing words.
“Jay Inslee can kiss my ass,” the lawman declared over his police radio, in reference to the Democrat governor who is forcing first responders to get the COVID-19 vaccination or get fired, i.e., no jab, no job.
In his full remarks at the conclusion of his last tour, the soft-spoken officer seemed to be making it evident that he won’t be complying with the mandatory injection.
“This is my final signoff. After 22 years of serving the citizens of the State of Washington I’m being asked to leave because I am ‘dirty.’ Numerous fatalities, injuries, I’ve worked sick, I’ve played sick, we’ve buried lots of friends over these years,” he explained on the law enforcement radio channel.
“I’d like to thank you guys; I’d like to thank the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys, I wouldn’t have been very successful, and you wouldn’t have kept me safe and got me home to my family every night. Thank you for that. Wish I can say more but, this is it…this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car. And Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”
“This is the last time you’ll hear me in a patrol car and Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”
Washington State Trooper in Yakima, Wash. signs off after 22 years — fired by @GovInslee for being unvaccinated. pic.twitter.com/RGLDs5BZxg
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 17, 2021
The dispatcher then spoke to pay tribute to the officer and briefly mention his various accomplishments during his career.
“You’ve been a great role model and mentor for all young troopers serving in the area by sharing your knowledge and experience throughout the years. Thank you for your service,” the dispatcher added.
As many critics have observed, cops, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and others were lauded as heroes during the height of the pandemic. Now many of them are headed to the unemployment line for non-compliance with a vaccine mandate. In Washington state, they apparently aren’t even eligible for jobless benefits.
A Jimmy Carter-appointed judge has refused to put the vaccine mandate on hold temporarily, the Courthouse News Service reported.
Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate for public sector employees, educators and health care workers will go into effect Monday after a federal judge in Seattle declined to block it during a hearing Friday.
Inslee’s mandate — enacted in August in reaction to the rising Delta variant — is among the strictest in the nation because it does not allow a weekly testing option for workers who refuse the vaccine…The mandate applies to more than 60,000 state workers, almost 92% of whom are vaccinated, as well as an estimated 400,000 health care workers and 100,000 teachers, according to testimony by the state…
A similar case is pending in state court and is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, in which the plaintiffs also seek a temporary restraining order on the edict.
Gov Inslee apologizes after gifting wildfire victims in orchard country apples infected with maggot larvae https://t.co/Ug3QESvEGF
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 17, 2020
KTTH Seattle talk show host Jason Rantz, who shared the trooper’s soliloquy on social media, addressed the ramifications of Inslee’s vaccine mandate with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, which in a sad irony, is likely to jeopardize public health and safety.
Carlson began the conversation by noting that the mandate is forcing out about 400 cops from crime-ridden Seattle in addition to thousands of other state employees.
“It means total chaos,” Rantz explained in response, “but it has to be a discussion that’s more than just the police. You will have thousands of Washingtonians being fired on Monday, either for being unvaccinated or really increasingly just refusing to turn over their private medical records.
“You’ve got roughly 10% of state agency workers who are going to be fired, and this is every single agency pretty much is getting impacted. State patrol, department of corrections, ironically, the department of health,” he continued.
“Any worker that’s fired over this mandate won’t be able to collect unemployment because the state considers this to be a voluntary resignation. So they’re not even treating it as an actual firing. We’re told that we’re not going to see any service interruptions on the same day the ferry system announced a 40% reduction in routes moving forward. Also impacted are public and private schools. You’ve got teachers, principals, coaches, all going to be fired.
“…the biggest concern is around public health and safety of the Washington State Hospital Association, saying that we can expect thousands of firings statewide from nurses and doctors, to lab techs, even the janitorial staff that would work at these hospitals.
“That delay, that will lead to a delay of surgeries, of prenatal checkups, and then you go to Seattle, where it is all connected. You have a historic rate of homicides right now. We already have a staffing crisis in Seattle, as far as the police department, and so 400 officers haven’t turned in their vaccine paperwork, but of that number, you’ve got about a hundred or so that have specifically asked for accommodations, and they’ve been rejected, so they’re going to be fired if they don’t comply, and they’re being told the work unvaccinated for the last 18 months is somehow now more dangerous, which doesn’t make any sense.”
(Video: Fox News)
“Of course not,” Carlson said. “Vaccinated people can spread the virus; they can get sick and die from it. But I really appreciate your point. We don’t know whether any of these people are vaccinated or not; some just don’t want to give their medical records to the government. You should give your medical records to your doctor. I would never give my medical records to anybody but a doctor under any circumstances, so appreciate people standing on that principle.”
In general, many Americans are pro-vaccine, but at the same time believe that a mandate is a form of government overreach.
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