Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday evening called Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a “cringing little liberal” after Kavanaugh sided with the liberal justices to uphold a health care vaccine mandate.
As highlighted by the Washington Examiner, Trump-appointed Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts joined the three liberal justices on the court to allow a vaccine mandate for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.
Speaking about the ruling with attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who represented The Daily Wire in the fight against the Biden administration, Carlson chimed in, “With no help from Brett Kavanaugh, I notice. Cringing little liberal.”
Thank you @TuckerCarlson for having me on tonight to discuss the predictable defeat of Biden’s #OSHA vaccine mandate at the #SCOTUS. Huge victory for the American people and my client @realDailyWire. Bypassing legislatures and governing by executive order isn’t the American way. pic.twitter.com/I1SjkFm8jg
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) January 14, 2022
Though Kavanaugh sided with the liberals on the health care mandate, he joined the conservatives to successfully block a Biden administration mandate that would have forced private businesses with at least 100 employees to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing.
“OSHA’s COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard, 86 Fed. Reg. 61402, is stayed pending disposition of the applicants’ petitions for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and disposition of the applicants’ petitions for writs of certiorari, if such writs are timely sought,” the court decided. “Should the petitions for writs of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate automatically. In the event the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court.”
Notably, conservatives rallied around Justice Kavanaugh in 2018 when Christine Blasey Ford told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in a letter that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party when the pair were teenagers, sometime in the early 1980s. Ford could not recall key details about the alleged attack.
The dubious claim was uncorroborated, and the Senate Judiciary Committee ultimately found that there was “no evidence to substantiate any of the claims.”
“In neither the committee’s investigation nor in the supplemental background investigation conducted by the FBI was there ANY evidence to substantiate or corroborate any of the allegations,” the Committee said.
Other conservatives voiced frustration with Kavanaugh over the vaccine mandate, too.
“I despise Brett Kavanaugh. We should have left him for the wolves. Freaking loser,” radio host Jesse Kelly commented.
I despise Brett Kavanaugh. We should have left him for the wolves. Freaking loser.
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) January 13, 2022
“America First patriots and [President] Trump rallied fiercely to Brett Kavanaugh at his crucible moment, and he’s been a disappointment ever since,” Steve Cortes said.
America First patriots and Pres Trump rallied fiercely to Brett Kavanaugh at his crucible moment, and he’s been a disappointment ever since.
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) January 13, 2022
“It was disappointing to see Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh join the Court’s liberals to uphold a mandate that targets health care workers,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) posted. “America’s businesses should forget these mandates faster than Joe Biden forgets his daily schedule.”
It was disappointing to see Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh join the Court’s liberals to uphold a mandate that targets health care workers.
America’s businesses should forget these mandates faster than Joe Biden forgets his daily schedule. (2/2)
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 13, 2022
Phil Kerpen questioned how the justice could come to his decision. “How in the world did Roberts and Kavanaugh disagree with this? Baffling,” he wrote.
How in the world did Roberts and Kavanaugh disagree with this? Baffling. pic.twitter.com/6qv0tq0yvH
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 13, 2022
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