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Monday, December 09, 2019

Justice Gorsuch Parrots False Claims On Flu Deaths — And Internet Erupts

Justice Neil Gorsuch, left, with former President Donald Trump

Conservative justices on the Supreme Court are making it clear they oppose President Joe Biden’s "vaccinate or test" workplace mandate. Arguments against the OSHA-enforced directive from attorneys arguing the case on the right are being derided on social media, but now the justices themselves are making embarrassing excuses to kill the life-saving federal order.

Take Justice Neil Gorsuch, a 54-year old father of two with a Harvard Law degree and a PhD from Oxford.

He has zero medical training. (It also appears he’s an anti-masker, see below.)

The Trump-appointed jurist on Thursday handed down medical “information” to support the clear desire of the far-right court to end the mandate.

During oral arguments, made by two right-wing attorneys remotely because both have COVID, Gorsuch compared the deadly coronavirus which has killed over 850,000 Americans, to the seasonal flu.

Justice Gorsuch told the Court the flu kills “hundreds, thousands of people every year.”

According to the CDC, the flu kills 12,000 to 52,000 annually. COVID-19 to date has killed over 850,000 in the U.S., including 385,00 in 2020.

It’s clear Gorsuch does not understand how highly transmissible the coronavirus is, nor how deadly it is – not to even begin to mention long COVID, or that millions of Americans are ineligible for age or health reasons to get vaccinated against COVID.

Social media users erupted in anger and frustration.

The Economist’s Supreme Court reporter Steven Mazie reveals Justice Gorsuch actually laughed when the U.S. Solicitor General called the coronavirus pandemic “terrible.”

Gorsuch laughs when Prelogar says this is a terrible pandemic -- what about polio or the flu, he says??
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) January 7, 2022

Unsurprisingly, as Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern points out, Gorsuch was the only justice at the Court unmasked.

Anyone surprised that Gorsuch is the lone justice who refused to wear a mask today?
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) January 7, 2022

So Justice Gorsuch just compared COVID-19 to the seasonal flu. He must be watching Breitbart and getting his news from other right-wing crackpots.
— A Worried Citizen (@ThePubliusUSA) January 7, 2022

Reprinted with permission from Alternet


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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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