Trump-appointed judge puts an end to Biden’s mask mandate

A judge just put an end to one of the Biden administration’s mask mandates, Fox News reports

This particular mandate comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It required users of public transportation, ages 2 and older, to wear a face mask during transport.

The mandate was scheduled to expire, but the CDC recently extended it to May 3.

The mandate was challenged in a Florida federal court by the Health Freedom Denfense Fund, Inc. and two frequent air travelers, Ana Daza and Sarah Pope. They argued that the CDC lacked the authority to promulgate such a mandate, and the judge overseeing the case agreed.


The judge who made the ruling is U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle. She is a 35-year-old appointee of former President Donald Trump.

What Mizelle’s decision came down to was the definition of “sanitation” in the Public Health Services Act of 1944. The law states that the CDC can use “sanitation” that is deemed “necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the States.”

Relying on the statutory language, Mizelle determine that, in the Act, “sanitation” means active cleaning, as opposed to a preventative measure to keep something from needing to be cleaned.

From there, Mizelle argued that “wearing a mask cleans nothing.”

Liberal minds blown

The left lost its mind following Mizelle’s ruling. Barely any of them, however, took Mizelle to task for her interpretation of the law. Rather, as liberals often do, they attacked Mizelle personally.

“Appointed to a lifetime seat at the age of 33 by Trump,” Jacob Shamisian of Business Insider wrote. “Only Republican Senators approved nomination. Never tried a single case. Her husband volunteered for the Trump campaign and worked for DHS.”

The big question is how the Biden administration is going to proceed. Chances are that it will attempt to appeal Mizelle’s ruling. But, the question is what to do in the meantime: whether or not to go ahead to enforce the mask mandate anyway.

Fox reports that an administration official “confirmed that the court decision means CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time.”

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