Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had some choice words for Supreme Court ‘conservative’ justices following their ruling to allow the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers to remain in effect this week.
“On the nurse mandate and the doctor mandate, [Chief Justice John] Roberts and [Justice] Brett Kavanaugh joined with the liberals to allow the nurse mandate,” the GOP governor said on the “Ruthless” podcast.
“So here’s what’s going on, think about how insane this is,” he continued. “Now, in Florida, we protected the nurses, so we have people that are working. But in other states, they fired nurses who were not vaccinated.”
Continuing, DeSantis noted that some left-leaning states could have COVID-positive employees working in hospitals who are vaccinated, “meanwhile the unvaccinated, likely immune through prior infection, healthy nurses are on the sidelines fired. How insane are these policies?”
“But honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh did not have a backbone on that decision,” DeSantis said. “That’s just the bottom line.”
The ruling left in place Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare facilities that receive federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars.
Kavanaugh and Roberts did side with the court’s remaining conservatives to overturn the administration’s vax mandate for private businesses that have 100 or more workers.
“OSHA’s COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard, 86 Fed. Reg. 61402, is stayed pending disposition of the applicants’ petitions for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and disposition of the applicants’ petitions for writs of certiorari, if such writs are timely sought,” the court ruled.
“Should the petitions for writs of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate automatically. In the event the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson was also upset with Kavanaugh, calling the justice a “” during this Thursday evening show.
In a segment with Harmeet Dhillon of the Center for American Liberties, Carlson chimed in after she called the ruling “unfortunate…given the massive shortage that we have of healthcare workers right now in our hospitals.”
“With no help from Brett Kavanaugh, I notice. Cringing little liberal,” Carlson quipped before adding that he wouldn’t have Dhillon comment on his remark before asking whether democracy still exists in the U.S.
Other conservatives took to social media to express their angst over the supposedly ‘conservative’ high court’s ruling regarding their decision to leave the healthcare worker mandate in place.
“The Supreme Court rightly held Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate via OSHA illegal and unconstitutional. It was never well-founded in science or law,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter, before taking a verbal shot at President Biden.
“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. America’s businesses should forget these mandates faster than Joe Biden forgets his daily schedule,” he added.
“Not impressed with Trump’s picks. Seems like every major decision now we have to worry which way they will go,” wrote another Twitter user.
“America First patriots and Pres Trump rallied fiercely to Brett Kavanaugh at his crucible moment, and he’s been a disappointment ever since,” former Trump adviser Steve Cortes, now with Newsmax TV, noted.