Trump-appointed judge temporarily blocks discharge of unvaccinated airmen

In 2021, President Joe Biden announced that members of the military who refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19 would be expelled.

However, group of airmen challenged that policy in court, and last Friday a Trump-appointed federal judge dealt the president a serious defeat. 

Judge’s block

Judge Matthew McFarland presides over the Southern District of Ohio, and according to Fox News, he barred the Air Force from enforcing its COVID vaccine policy for two weeks.

Attorney Chris Wiest is representing the airmen, and he praised McFarland’s ruling during an interview with Cincinnati’s Fox 19.

“We are pleased by the judge’s decision protecting the constitutional rights of service members who have dedicated their lives to protecting our constitutional rights,” Wiest was quoted as saying.

“We will continue to litigate this case to its conclusion and look forward to continuing this battle with the federal government.”

Earlier this month, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson spoke with Air Force Master Sgt. Nick Kupper about his expulsion over refusing to be vaccinated. Kupper told Carlson that Biden’s policy could cut the military’s size by 10%.

Vaccine mandates

Prior to the COVID vaccine controversy, Kupper was touted by Air Force recruiters for his 2018 appearance on the television show American Ninja Warrior.

Critics have argued that the Biden administration’s push to fire unvaccinated service personnel is especially wrong-headed given that for years, the Air Force has struggled to maintain an adequate number of pilots.

As far back as 2017, Fox News reported that the Air Force had 2,000 fewer pilots than its target number called for. That shortage isn’t confined to the military, as Fox News reported in June that commercial airlines are also having a difficult time hiring pilots.

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