President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates went in front of the Supreme Court.
During the hearing, the liberal justices made wild claims.
Fact-checkers called the justices out for lying.
Less than a week later, the justices struck down one of the mandates.
(NewsReady.com) – On January 7, two of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates went before the Supreme Court (SCOTUS). The justices heard oral arguments in the cases against the mandate for all healthcare facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funds from the federal government. They also heard the case against the directive forcing companies with more than 100 employees to enforce mandatory vaccines or testing requirements.
During the oral arguments, the liberal justices on the court made a number of outlandish claims that fact-checkers later admonished them for.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited statistics during the oral arguments that weren’t true. She claimed that more than 100,000 kids are “in serious condition, and many on ventilators.” One might think that a justice would have their facts straight before making wild claims, but apparently, that wasn’t the case.
According to CDC data, 82,842 children ages 17 and under have been admitted to the hospital since August 1, 2020. When Sotomayor made the remarks, the most recent data available showed 3,342 kids were hospitalized with COVID-19 infections; if the suspected cases were counted, that number rose to 4,652. That is 95,348 fewer hospitalizations than the Supreme Court justice claimed – just a minor discrepancy.
Misinformation About Vaccines
Justice Elena Kagan also repeated misinformation during the hearing. The justice claimed the “best way” to prevent the spread of the virus is to wear masks and get vaccinated. Although preventative measures do help, they aren’t foolproof. In fact, as the COVID-19 Omicron variant ravages the country, it’s impacting both the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
The guidelines for masks have also changed. Throughout the pandemic, Americans wore cloth masks to try to prevent the spread, but those masks reportedly don’t work anymore. Kagan’s remarks weren’t completely accurate.
How Many People?
During the arguments, Justice Stephen Breyer claimed 750 million people in the US have tested positive for COVID-19. Apparently, he was counting every American in the country twice because there are only a total of 330 million people in the US.
How are people supposed to trust the decisions the SCOTUS makes if the justices don’t even bother to have the facts before hearings?
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