DeSantis slams Kavanaugh: He ‘did not have a backbone’ on Biden’s vaccine mandate for health care workers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) didn’t pull any punches Friday in a brutal attack against Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts for siding with the White House in favor of one of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

According to the New York Post, DeSantis said Kavanaugh and the chief justice “did not have a backbone” when they sided with their liberal counterparts to uphold Biden’s rule requiring health care workers at facilities that receive money through Medicare and Medicaid to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.

“How insane are these policies?”

Speaking on an episode of the Ruthless podcast, DeSantis lamented that while the high court ultimately struck down Biden’s vaccine mandate that applied to employees of large businesses, “on the medical, on the nurse mandate and the doctor mandate, [Chief Justice John] Roberts and Kavanaugh joined with the liberals.”

DeSantis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, went on to say that it’s “insane” to impose such a rule when many hospitals across the country are short-staffed and amid a surge in cases of COVID-19.

“Now they’re so short-handed, they’re actually bringing back to work nurses who are COVID-positive,” he claimed, according to Breitbart.

“They are vaccinated, but we know that’s not stopping it. So they have COVID-positive people back on,” the governor said.

“Meanwhile, the unvaccinated…healthy nurses are on the sidelines, fired,” he pressed, according to the New York Post. “How insane are these policies?”

“The bottom line”

DeSantis vowed to do everything in his power to block the mandate from being enforced in Florida. But that doesn’t solve the wider problem, he notes.

“We’re going to enforce our protections here in Florida, but…in other states that haven’t done what we’ve done, that’s going to lead healthy nurses to be put on the sidelines while we have an acute health care shortage,” DeSantis said Friday, according to Breitbart.

“Honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh did not have a backbone on that decision. That’s just the bottom line,” he added.

Kavanaugh and Roberts did side with the Supreme Court’s other conservatives in a 6–3 decision shooting down Biden’s vaccine mandate on large employers. It’s a move DeSantis agrees with — but he also argued Friday that it wasn’t that much of a surprise.

“I mean, anybody who’s not a far-left jurist was going to come out that way,” the governor remarked.

Latest News