Liberal Supreme Court Justice Under Fire for COVID-19 Misinformation
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor received criticism after falsely claiming that there are 100,000 children in the U.S. hospitalized with COVID-19 “in serious condition.”
Sotomayor, appointed by former President Barack Obama, also claimed that omicron is “just as deadly” as the delta variant for the unvaccinated.
“Omicron is as deadly as delta and causes as much serious disease in the unvaccinated as delta did,” the justice said during a hearing on President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate. “The numbers—look at the hospitalization rates going up. We have more infected people today than we did a year ago in January. We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators.”
According to HHS data, as of January 8, there are roughly 5,000 children hospitalized, either with suspected covid or a confirmed laboratory test. This figure includes patients in observation beds. “So Sotomayor’s number is at least 20 times higher than reality, even before you determine how many are in ‘serious condition,’” The Washington Post reported.
According to CDC data, there have been less than 100,000 — 82,843 to be exact — hospital admissions of children with confirmed covid since August 1, 2020.
There is data to support that the rate of pediatric admissions is rising, with a caveat. Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported a sharp increase in pediatric cases — but some children are hospitalized for another reason (i.e., a broken arm) and then test positive for covid through screenings at the hospital.
People quickly took notice of Sotomayor’s false information, with some saying it was “terrifying” to realize a Supreme Court justice could be so misinformed.
“It’s actually terrifying that a Supreme Court justice can be so misinformed. The emperor has no clothes,” Christina Pushaw tweeted.
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Meanwhile, Clinton appointed Justice Stephen Breyer false claimed there were 750 million new cases of covid in the U.S. on Thursday.
“750 million new cases yesterday, or close to that, is a lot. I don’t mean to be facetious,” Breyer said.
The actual number was closer to 750,000. On Thursday, the U.S. recorded 786,824 new cases, according to the Daily Mail.
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor under fire for overstating that 100,000 children are currently hospitalized with COVID and ‘many are on ventilators’ while Stephen Breyer says there have been 750 MILLION cases