Kavanaugh and Roberts missed ‘backbone’ on wax mandate

Gov. Florida’s Ron DeSantis said Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Brian Kavanaugh lacked “backbone” for failing to beat the Biden administration’s fax mandate.

In two decisions Thursday, the nation’s highest court overturned the Biden administration’s fax mandate for COVID-19 for large companies, but retained its mandate for most health care workers.

Roberts and Kavanaugh sided with the liberal judges of the court, maintaining the fax mandate for health care workers, five to four.

“Honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh had no backbone in that decision. That’s just the bottom line,” DeSantis said in an episode of the right-wing podcast Ruthless.

DeSantis has said that Florida will not enforce the vaccine mandate for health care workers, so he thinks nurses who have natural immunity to COVID-19 would be sidelined.

The Supreme Court ruled against the fax mandate of the Biden administration for large companies, but retained the mandate for health workers.
The Supreme Court ruled against the fax mandate of the Biden administration for large companies, but retained the mandate for health workers.
Erin Schaff / The New York Times via AP, Pool, File

“In other states, they dismiss nurses who are not vaccinated. Many of them have natural immunity from previous infections. That they actually bring nurses back to work who are COVID-positive. They are vaccinated, but we know that. it does not stop … Meanwhile, the unintentional, probably immune to previous infection, healthy nurses on the side, have been discharged? said DeSantis.

DeSantis claimed that Kavanaugh and Roberts "had no backbone at that decision."
DeSantis claimed that Kavanaugh and Roberts “had no backbone about that decision.”
Erin Schaff / The New York Times via AP, Pool

DeSantis also fired a shot at the president’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, who initially denied to Congress that the National Institutes of Health had funded profit-or-function research into bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China. before later allowing and defending it.

“Fauci funded them in the Wuhan lab and he’s lying about it. And why is he not being prosecuted for lying against Congress?” DeSantis asked.

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