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The three liberal justices sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court made what can only be called a series of massively exaggerated, ignorant, and misinformed statements on Friday while hearing oral arguments over President Joe Biden’s vaccinate-or-test mandates.
The oppressive mandates that many consider unconstitutional are being pushed on companies that employ at least 100 people and on healthcare workers.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer all made jaw-dropping oral arguments during the session that were rife with incorrect facts and liberal bias.
Leading the pack was Sotomayor, who declared that “Omicron is as deadly as Delta … we have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators.” That statement is not even close to being accurate, according to experts who are now saying Omicron is a mild form of the virus that replicates in the throat, not the lungs.
“We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition,” Sotomayor contended, “and many on ventilators.” The actual number of children ill and hospitalized from COVID according to the Department of Health and Human Services is 3,342 as of Friday.
Here is Justice Sotomayor saying that "hospitals are almost all full capacity" and there are "over 100,000 children" hospitalized with covid "many on ventilators.
None of those things are true. Not even close. pic.twitter.com/MqWEL2UvJg
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 7, 2022
This is just absolutely astonishing. "100,000 children in serious condition," per Sotomayor. Where do these people obtain their misinformation? The current national pediatric COVID census per HHS is 3,342. Many/most incidental.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 7, 2022
Of even more concern on a constitutional level was Sotomayor’s argument where she stated, “I’m not sure I understand the distinction why the states would have the power” to institute a mandate such as the one being pursued by the Biden administration, “but the federal government wouldn’t.”
“Read the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment lady,” Republican political consultant Liz Mair stated on Twitter, torching the justice for her ignorance. The 10th amendment clearly states that “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Read the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment lady https://t.co/TYwDwVM4jr
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) January 7, 2022
The “Wise Latina” went on to head-scratchingly ask why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is not in a position to determine whether a person who has COVID poses the same danger to fellow workers as a machine emitting sparks.
National Review writer Michael Brendan Dougherty snarked on Twitter, “I love the idea that an Executive branch agency meant to protect worker’s rights is now adopting the argument that workers should be regulated like toxic chemicals.”
I love the idea that an Executive branch agency meant to protect worker's rights is now adopting the argument that workers should be regulated like toxic chemicals. https://t.co/9aSoQBMChW
— Michael Brendan Dougherty (@michaelbd) January 7, 2022
Breyer chimed in that the OSHA rule was necessary because “hospitals are full almost to the point of maximum” and that “750 million new cases” were reported in the U.S. yesterday. The glaring problem with that assertion is that the population of the country is approximately 330 million.
Then there are those pesky facts that HHS itself is reporting concerning bed capacities across the nation. Nearly 21 percent of inpatient beds and over 18 percent of ICU beds nationwide were reportedly unoccupied Friday.
During arguments over a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers who are employed at providers that receive funding from Medicare or Medicaid, Kagan declared that workers “have to get vaccinated so that you’re not transmitting the disease that can kill elderly Medicare patients, that can kill sick Medicaid patients. I mean, that seems like a pretty basic infection prevention measure.”
Again, there is a problem with that contention as medical experts are now publicly reporting that vaccinated individuals can spread COVID.
Liberal fact-checkers ignored the glaring errors by the three liberal justices but were quick to pounce on an erroneous statement that Justice Neil Gorsuch made. The Nation’s Elie Mystal was Johnny-on-the-spot displaying the quality of in-depth reporting we’ve come to expect from the left, “Gorsuch: ‘the flu kills hundreds of thousands of people every year’ NO IT DOES NOT. STOP GETTING YOUR MEDICAL STATS FROM FOX NEWS.”
Gorsuch: "the flu kills hundreds of thousands of people every year"
NO IT DOES NOT. STOP GETTING YOUR MEDICAL STATS FROM FOX NEWS.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 7, 2022
I know Gorsuch, nor any conservative, nor any “omg I’m bored and want to go to the movies” person, will APOLOGIZE for their consistent Covid misinformation, but Covid is ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more deadly then the GODDAMN FLU
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 7, 2022
It should be noted that Gorsuch most likely misspoke and was referring to hospitalizations, not deaths from the flu. In the 2018-2019 flu season, approximately 380,000 were hospitalized due to the flu. About 28,000 people died from it, according to the CDC.
So-called journalist Aaron Rupar also jumped on Gorsuch for his error, tweeting, “The flu kills about 30,000 Americans each year. I’m kinda surprised Gorsuch would broadcast his ignorance like this. I looked this up with help from Google in about 10 seconds.” Funny how he didn’t use Google to research the statements by the liberal justices.
The flu kills about 30,000 Americans each year. I'm kinda surprised Gorsuch would broadcast his ignorance like this. I looked this up with help from Google in about 10 seconds. https://t.co/6EC0BMC0yD
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 7, 2022
A decision in both cases is expected within days by the High Court.
Withering criticism was everywhere on social media over the statements by Sotomayor and the other justices:
It’s hard to convey the disrespect showed by Justices Sotomayor and Breyer today.
100 million Americans are affected by the Biden COVID mandates.
And these Justices showed up unprepared, inventing COVID numbers to support whatever legal conclusion they’ve already reached.
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 7, 2022
Fact-checkers. Hello? https://t.co/2flVPevmJF
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) January 7, 2022
Justice Sotomayor’s comment on 100,000 children in serious condition with covid is such a flagrantly untrue statement she should have to correct it after the argument. It’s embarrassing for the Supreme Court to allow that factual inaccuracy to occur in an oral argument. https://t.co/1X7LEwYlUY
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 7, 2022
Inexcusable for a SCOTUS justice to peddle this fear mongering false info https://t.co/a5aYTGFD0C
— Rebeccah Heinrichs (@RLHeinrichs) January 7, 2022
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor speaking covid misinformation literally into the court record https://t.co/i3cot5rW4Q
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) January 7, 2022
It’s actually terrifying that a Supreme Court justice can be so misinformed. The emperor has no clothes. https://t.co/XQlw2CAwR8
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) January 7, 2022
One of many facts she got wrong, before even getting to not understanding the legal principles at play. https://t.co/JCDZgHN4Ab
— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) January 7, 2022
Justice Breyer's apparent belief that masks and vaccines would automatically prevent all new daily cases of coronavirus neatly summarizes the misperceptions of many Democratic voters who blame the unvaccinated for the continuation of the pandemic. #SCOTU
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) January 7, 2022
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