Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has caused contention after her comments in favor of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
According to Breitbart News, the Supreme Court Justice compared humans to machines, saying that the mandate businesses with 100-plus employees, handed down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA), should stand.
“Why is a human being not like a machine if it’s spewing a virus, blood-borne viruses?” Sotomayor asked Scott Keller, the attorney for the National Federation of Independent Business, during an expedited Supreme Court hearing regarding the OSHA coronavirus vaccine mandate.
Sotomayor went on to say that the OSHA mandate isn’t a vaccine mandate, in reality, because it also allows for masking and testing:
“There’s no mandate here for a vaccine — there’s a masking mandate. [It is] no different than [it is] when we tell people that if there are sparks flying in the workplace where workers have to wear a mask, that’s no different in my mind than this,” she said.
“So this is not a vaccine mandate. There are costs and deaths and other things countervailing to the fact that there might be 1 to 3 percent of workers who leave.”
The justice is known to lean hard to the left, something that conservatives have feared since the mandate has made its way to the nation’s high court.
Sotomayor appeared to lean hard on the mandate that allowed mask-wearing as a preventative coronavirus measure that is different that the mask-wearing mandate when “sparks are flying in the workplace.”
Keller answered the justice, saying that the machines are presumably “unique to that workplace” before Sotomayor interjected her remark comparing people to machines.
The Supreme Court handed down their decision late in December that they would hear the appeal against the mandate.
They are also hearing arguments about the mandate brought by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) coronavirus vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
“Out of Biden’s five federal coronavirus vaccine mandates, the mandate for large businesses, issued by OSHA, is the largest and impacts 84 million workers,” Breitbart reported.