Bongino stands firm, threatens to quit radio show over vaccine mandate

Popular conservative commentator Dan Bongino again threatened Friday to walk away if the company that syndicates his radio program does not rescind its vaccine mandate.

According to Mediaite, Bongino has said he is vaccinated. However, he opposes the concept of anyone being strong-armed into getting the shot if they do not want to.

Bongino, an avid supporter of former President Donald Trump, said his fans will still be able to hear his content.

“It’s been an extremely exhausting week. I just want to assure you again you will get my content here. This is my podcast. I own this podcast, okay? This will be here next week,” Bongino said.

“The radio program, syndicated through Cumulus, which has a vaccine mandate — that conversation has not been going well,” he added “It’s been degenerating even worse.

“It is ongoing, but as I said to them, and I will repeat again with Cumulus: I am not going to be there while there is a vaccine mandate. They can have the vaccine mandate or they can have me, but they can’t have both.”

“We are going to have to work something out, stat,” he also said.

In August, Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner instituted a vaccine mandate for most employees who do not work remotely on a permanent basis, Inside Radio reported.

“Exceptions to the return to office plan will not be considered except as legally required,” Berner’s memo reportedly said. “The decision to return to our offices was made with utmost consideration and reflects how we believe we can optimize our business efforts. Put simply, we believe that Force Cumulus is at our best when we’re working together in offices.

“To do that as safely as we reasonably can, we’re requiring that everyone be vaccinated except those legally excepted. It would neither be fair nor do we have the bandwidth to make exceptions based on individual preferences,” she added.

On Monday, Bongino expressed his displeasure with the mandate, saying that “this is going to be an entirely untenable situation going forward” if it is not lifted.

“I’m not really happy with the company I work with right here,” Bongino said on his show, The Washington Post reported. “I believe these vaccine mandates are unethical. I believe they’re immoral. I believe they don’t take into account the science of natural immunity due to a prior infection.

“I believe they’re broad-based and don’t take into account an individual circumstances of why they may or may not want to take a vaccine. And they’re antithetical to everything I believe in,” he added.

“So, I’ll say again, I’m not going to let this go,” Bongino also said. “Cumulus is going to have to make a decision with me — if they want to continue this partnership or they don’t. But I’m talking to you on their airwaves. They don’t have to let that happen. And I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t.

“Because it’s really unfortunate that people with a lower profile than me, who don’t have 300-plus stations, have been summarily either shown the door or been put in really untenable circumstances because they simply want to make a medical decision by themselves.”