Popular conservative radio host Dan Bongino gave his network an on-air ultimatum Monday, warning Cumulus Radio that regarding its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, “You can’t have both of us.”
Cumulus carries Dan Bongino’s show on a ton of stations. He just gave them an ultimatum on their vax mandate.
“You can have me or the mandate but you can’t have both of us.”
Incredible. Proud of Dan. We all have a duty to make a stand for freedom NOW!pic.twitter.com/4HHv16EinI
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 18, 2021
The former police officer and Secret Service agent presented the challenge during his live radio show Monday. “You can have me or you can have the [vaccine] mandate. But you can’t have both of us,” Bongino said during his nationwide radio program.
Bongino’s radio show is extremely popular. Cumulus Radio, has syndicated Bongino’s show across hundreds of radio stations. He was named as Rush Limbaugh’s successor when he took over his time slot after Limbaugh’s untimely death from cancer earlier this year.
“Imagine the countless number of individuals trying to explain. Have these companies ever thought of that? The countless numbers of moms and dads who are sitting at some kitchen table explaining to their kids how they may have to move out — how daddy doesn’t have a job — because a bunch of people in a C-suite thought it would be a good idea to sit around and play pretend Dr. [Anthony] Fauci for a moment, and mandate people jam something in their bodies that they don’t want to take?” Bongino said.
Bongino also promised he was not letting the issue go.
“I’m not even considering letting it go. I’m announcing it publicly so you know I’m not letting it go,” he added.
Another post clarified that Bongino is personally vaccinated, but is resisting “for other employees who don’t have a platform to fight back as they risk unemployment if they don’t comply.”
Cumulus Radio announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its employees on Aug. 12.
“In a message to employees, CEO Mary Berner stated that all employees must have received their full dose of one of the available vaccines by Sept. 27 — two weeks prior to the scheduled return date,” Inside Radio noted at the time.
The statement included various exceptions to the mandate. The outlet noted Cumulus Media has a workforce of approximately 4,000 people and runs more than 400 stations in 80 markets.
Three personalities from Cumulus have already left the network rather than take a COVID-19 vaccine.
When conservative media companies are requiring vaccine mandates, it’s time to take a stand like Bongino. While it’s not quite the same for him, as Bongino has been vaccinated, it says a lot that he’s willing to walk if the company doesn’t back down.
He’s not alone, either. In California, Newsom’s new mandate to require students 12 and over to be vaccinated to attend school was met with a huge walkout on Monday. Thousands of parents and students protested the executive order, urging freedom regarding the health matter.
As we take a look at what has happened in nations like Australia and New Zealand over strict lockdown restrictions, it’s a reminder that we’re not immune to increased government overreach. It’s already here. If Americans don’t stand up and do something about it, the restrictions will continue to increase, not decrease, in the days ahead.
Bongino’s move should be supported, and voices like him need to increase. Conservatives have been too quiet for far too long. It’s time to walk the talk and oppose mandates on our American freedoms.