Seemingly far more consumed with COVID-19 panic propaganda than with actually interpreting the law, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor all but erased her professional credibility on Friday by making spurious claims about the severity and number of children currently sick with the virus and incurring ridicule from all corners, as Fox News reports.
During oral arguments on President Joe Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees, Sotomayor attempted to underscore the seriousness of the pandemic by asserting that at the present time, roughly 100,000 children are in the hospital as a result with “many on ventilators.”
However, even left-leaning “fact-checking” outlet Politifact was forced to deem that declaration false, noting that “the most recent data available as of Sotomayor’s remark showed 3,342 children were currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19,” a number that only climbs to 4,652 if “suspected” cases are added to the mix.
Politifact also took issue with Sotomayor’s contention that serious illness in children’s coronavirus cases has been skyrocketing, quoting information gleaned from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which noted that “it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is uncommon among children.”
Fortunately, the high court’s “wise Latina” was not allowed to get away with her straight-faced delivery of such a gross falsehood, as it was not long before media commentators and the Twitterverse alike erupted with well-deserved mockery directed toward the jurist.
Conservative commentator Phil Kerpen almost immediately took to Twitter to blast Sotomayor’s hyperbole, asking, “Where do these people obtain their misinformation?” and pointing out that “the current national pediatric COVID census per HHS is 3,342. Many/most incidental.”
Radio host Clay Travis expressed similar outrage, posting on social media, “Justice Sotomayor’s comment on 100,000 children in serious condition with covid is such a flagrantly untrue statement she should have to correct it after the argument. It’s embarrassing for the Supreme Court to allow that factual inaccuracy to occur in an oral argument.”
The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro issued an even broader indictment of Sotomayor’s handling of the matter before her on Friday, declaring the factual inaccuracy regarding children to be “one of many facts she got wrong, before even getting to not understanding the legal principles at play.”
Though the fate of Biden’s vaccine edicts for large employers as well as for health care workers in facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds still remains to be seen, the embarrassing ignorance displayed by one of the nine individuals entrusted with determining it was, for many, a truly jarring revelation.