As the nation was celebrating Labor Day on Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) thought he’d let the entire internet know that his knowledge of American history is considerably less fulsome than the average high school student, firing off a tweet criticizing vaccine mandates despite a massive increase in COVID-19 cases in many states, especially those where the vaccination rate remains low.

But as HuffPost notes, the notion that it’s “un-American” to mandate vaccines goes against what history teaches us about other times when vaccines have indeed been mandated:

“As PoliticFact previously noted, Gen. George Washington ordered his troops to be inoculated against smallpox in 1777 via a precursor to vaccination called variolation.

Healthline reported last month that school vaccine mandates have existed in the United States since the 1850s when the first one was enacted in Massachusetts to stop the spread of smallpox.

“And Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University, told NPR last week that the Supreme Court upheld vaccine mandates more than a century ago.”

Social media then took over, giving the Ohio Republican an online history lesson, with many citing past vaccine mandates while others noted that inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is about as un-American as it gets:

Sit down, Jim. You know nothing about history or common sense.

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