Conservative radio host Dan Bongino threatened his employer with an on-air ultimatum Monday, saying he would quit his popular radio show if the company did not do away with an imposed COVID vaccine mandate.
'You can have me, or you can have the mandate. But you can't have both of us,' Bongino told Cumulus Media during an October 18 airing of 'The Dan Bongino Show.'
Cumulus, which owns the network that airs The Dan Bongino Show, announced to employees in August that it would require them to be vaccinated by the end of September in an effort to return to the office on October 11.
Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and congressional candidate whose radio show is syndicated on Fox Nation, argued that the mandate violates workers' constitutional and basic human rights.
'There is a very real thing called natural immunity. There's an even realer thing called freedom and liberty,' Bongino said Monday.
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and congressional candidate whose radio show is syndicated on Fox Nation, argued that the mandate violates workers' constitutional and basic human rights.
Bongino himself is vaccinated after advice from his doctor while he was battling cancer
'This is a constitutional republic. People have the right to make their own medical decisions, and the company has the right to do what it wants, as well.'
He then added: 'But if a company is going to make political decisions - and I believe this was a political decision, I don't believe this is based in any science - I could argue it all day.
'And they should at least recognize that the company is earning a lot of money off people who have the opposite political persuasion.'
Bongino, one of the most prominent right-wing pundits today and the de facto radio replacement for the late Rush Limbaugh, has been vaccinated and is currently receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.
During Monday's episode, the conservative commentator declared that his opposition to the Cumulus' vaccine policy was on behalf of other, less influential workers at the company, 'so you know I'm not letting it go.'
'But I promise you I have no intention of letting these guys get let go,' Bongino continued, adding, 'or get harassed because they made a private and personal medical decision on only one of the biggest issues of our time.'
Earlier this year, Bongino's talk show took over Rush Limbaugh's lauded radio slot in multiple markets
Cumulus Media is the third largest owner and