Representative Jim Jordan Ridiculed for Calling on Ohio to Ban All Vaccine Mandates

GOP Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio tweeted on Tuesday that his state "should ban all vaccine mandates," which brought a swift backlash and mockery from social media users and some fellow members of Congress.

Many people interpreted the lawmaker's message as literally meaning "all vaccine mandates" and not just those related to COVID-19. Critics replied to Jordan's post by asking if he wanted to remove mandates for vaccinations that have been common for decades.

Jim Jordan Speaks at a Press Conference
GOP Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio tweeted on Tuesday that his state should ban all vaccine mandates. Above, Jordan speaks during a July 27 news conference at the U.S. Capitol. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Ohio Department of Health's website shows the immunizations required for children to attend school. The list of what kids in the state must be fully vaccinated against includes such diseases as polio, measles, mumps, hepatitis B, chickenpox, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

Ohio should ban all vaccine mandates.

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 12, 2021

Qasim Rashid, an activist and radio host on Sirius XM, pointed out the many conditions that Ohio has long required vaccinations against.

List of Ohio mandated vaccines that Rep Jordan never once objected to & 100% submitted to prior to COVID vaccine:
•Hepatitis B
•Chicken Pox


— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) October 12, 2021

Some people on Twitter also had fun with Jordan's message, such as Nina Bina, who asked if he was going to "dust off the iron lungs for the kids that get Polio?" ("Iron lungs" were large tank ventilators commonly used to treat those suffering from polio.)

Uh....are you going to dust off the iron lungs
for the kids that get Polio?

— Nina Bina (@NinaBina4Peace) October 12, 2021

Fellow lawmakers also took Jordan to task, including Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California, who asked if the Ohioan wanted to end the vaccine mandate on whooping cough. He joked that "my cousin's friend says that is overrated. Ohio can be the whooping cough capital of the world."

Dear @Jim_Jordan: Do you think the smallpox vaccine mandate or the polio vaccine mandate for schools should be eliminated first?

Or perhaps the whooping cough vaccine mandate? My cousin's friend says that is overrated. Ohio can be the whooping cough capital of the world.

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 13, 2021

Another California congressman, Democrat Eric Swalwell, responded to Jordan by bringing up past allegations about the Republican during his time as a coach at Ohio State.

Jordan coached at the university from 1987 to 1995. During his time there, a team physician allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct against student wrestlers. Several former wrestlers have since alleged that Jordan knew of the abuse and chose to ignore it, a charge that Jordan has denied.

Ohio should mandate sexual assault reporting for coaches.

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) October 12, 2021

Emmy-nominated actress Yvette Nicole Brown also referenced the wrestling scandal:

Let's ask some wrestlers what they think about this statement from you and just about you in general.

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 13, 2021

Political commentator Keith Olbermann, meanwhile, noted that Jordan's message conflicted with the typical Republican stance of favoring less interference from big government. He said that Jordan is effectively "advocating government micromanaging of private business."

Gym Jordan advocating government micromanaging of private business:

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 13, 2021

Jordan's tweet came after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday that bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates in his state, including private businesses' requirements for vaccination of employees or customers.

If Jordan was declaring that all vaccine mandates should be dropped, he wouldn't be the first politician to recently make the suggestion. In September, Florida state Senator Manny Diaz, a Republican said he wanted to "review" other vaccine requirements in place for such illnesses as mumps and measles.

Newsweek contacted Jordan's office for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.