Josh Mandel Blasts 'Gestapo' Biden Administration in Bizarre Cornfield Rant

An Ohio Republican has launched an extraordinary attack on President Joe Biden's plans to introduce vaccine mandates in the U.S.

On Thursday, President Biden issued a mandate making it a requirement for all federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs.

The change will also make it a requirement for all federal contractors and their employees to have had a vaccine. The change is set to impact up to 100 million Americans.

The news has been greeted with anger from several Republican leaders with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem describing it as "unconstitutional" while Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie rejected the idea as "medical tyranny."

Over in Ohio, fellow Republican and former state treasurer Josh Mandel took a slightly different approach with his response to the announcement.

A staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, Mandel backed Trump's claims that the 2020 U.S. election was "stolen" and has previously pledged to continue championing his America First agenda.

That stance was clear to see in a video uploaded to Twitter by Mandel which was apparently shot in an Ohio cornfield.

In the clip, the Conservative politician, who is running to replace Rob Portman in the Senate, urged his followers to "not comply" with President Biden's plans.

"I'm driving through western Ohio, driving through a cornfield near a town called Logansville, Ohio. My blood is boiling in rage at what I've seen from the White House today," he says

A Trump campaign sign is visible behind Handel as he speaks on the video, which sees him revisit the debunked claims that the election was rigged.

"Joe Biden—I'm not even going to call him President Biden, he's not—Joe Biden is creating a constitutional crisis. As I was driving through this cornfield, I literally came across this sign, this Trump sign," he says, pointing at the placard. "He is my president."

Do NOT comply with the tyranny.

When the gestapo show up at your front door, you know what to do.

— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) September 10, 2021

A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mandel explains that he pledged to defend the Constitution when he signed up for military service yet later appears willing to rise up against it.

"I am hoping and praying that the Supreme Court justices that he appointed will do the right thing and stand up for the Constitution and stand up for our freedom, stand up for our liberty," he says.

"If they don't, I call on my fellow Americans, do not comply."

Handel ends his speech by invoking the Nazis, a trope referenced by those opposed to vaccine and mask mandates in the U.S., like Marjorie Taylor Greene.

"Do not comply with the tyranny," he says. "When the gestapo show up at your front door, you know what to do."

Mandel's video has been viewed more than 395,000 times on Twitter.

Commenting on the post, the chair of the Democrats Lawyers Council Andrew Weinstein accused the Conservative of "inciting violence and invoking a Nazi organization."

Mandel's anger at the vaccine mandate plans comes despite Ohio being one of several states where COVID case numbers are on the rise.

Figures show Ohio has the fourth highest rate of COVID-19 case acceleration in the whole of the U.S.

Newsweek has reached out to Mandel for comment.

Conservative and Republican Josh Mandel.
Josh Mandel speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010 - Mandel has spoken out against President Joe Biden's plan for a vaccine mandate. Kris Connor/Getty