Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and other conservatives went after Donald Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following his decision to support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, The Daily Wire reports.
Kavanaugh was the deciding vote in the ruling last week, which allowed a federal vaccine mandate or weekly testing requirement for health care workers in facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding to stand. He did, however, join the majority to continue a stay on President Joe Biden’s mandate for private companies with more than 100 workers.
DeSantis pointed out that some vaccinated health care workers could be working while COVID-positive, while others are sidelined or fired for refusing the vaccination, including some with natural immunity.
“How insane are these policies?” DeSantis asked on the Ruthless podcast. “But honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh did not have a backbone on that decision. That’s just the bottom line.”
Tucker Carlson, others pile on
Fox News Host Tucker Carlson also expressed his unhappiness with Kavanaugh for his decision, calling him a “cringing little liberal” during a conversation with attorney Harmeet Dillon.
“I despise Brett Kavanaugh. We should have left him for the wolves. Freaking loser,” radio host Jesse Kelly commented.
“America First patriots and [President] Trump rallied fiercely to Brett Kavanaugh at his crucible moment, and he’s been a disappointment ever since,” Steve Cortes said.
“It was disappointing to see Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh join the Court’s liberals to uphold a mandate that targets health care workers,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) posted. “America’s businesses should forget these mandates faster than Joe Biden forgets his daily schedule.”
Phil Kerpen called Kavanaugh’s decision “baffling.”
Indeed, it is difficult to understand why Kavanaugh would uphold one mandate but not the other.
The reasoning behind both mandates is largely the same — that COVID-19 is an emergency and that the federal government has authority to require vaccines or testing if they deem it necessary in a public health emergency.
As the omicron variant makes its way through the country at lightning speed, however, the Supreme Court should consider whether a mandate for a vaccine that clearly is not preventing transmission should be required for anyone at this point.