Fox News Host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson called Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a “cringing little liberal” Thursday night after Kavanaugh sided with the majority in a ruling permitting a vaccine mandate for health care workers to remain in effect.
Carlson called the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision blocking the vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees a “rejection of yet another dramatic overreach from a completely out of control administration that believes it knows more about health and science than doctors and nurses.”
Harmeet Dhillon from the Center for American Liberty told Carlson while the ruling does alleviate the burden for some employers and employees, it was “unfortunate” the high court issued a separate, 5-4 ruling Thursday permitting a vaccine mandate for health care workers to remain in effect despite a shortage of nurses and doctors.
“Ten million health care workers do have to get vaccinated if they wish to keep their jobs in a covered facility, which is really unfortunate given the massive shortage that we have of health care workers right now in our hospitals,” Dhillon said.
“Yeah, with no help from Brett Kavanaugh I notice, cringing little liberal,” Carlson responded. “I’m not gonna ask you to respond to that.” (RELATED: Liberals Push For Court-Packing After SCOTUS Blocks Biden’s OSHA Vaccine Mandate)
Under the policy, health care workers operating out of a facility receiving Medicaid or Medicare funding must be vaccinated, except those who qualify for either a religious or medical exemption. The majority ruled a vaccine requirement for health care workers is “common,” a claim also made by the Biden Administration.
“We agree with the Government that the [Health and Human Services] Secretary’s rule falls within the authorities that Congress has conferred upon him,” the majority wrote. “After all, ensuring that providers take steps to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is consistent with the fundamental principle of the medical profession: first, do no harm.”
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett dissented, with Alito arguing the federal government is not capable of showing “that Congress has authorized the unprecedented step of compelling over 10,000,000 healthcare workers to be vaccinated on pain of being fired.”