This Is Your Brain on CNN: Sotomayor Shocks Nation by Spewing COVID Misinformation in Supreme Court


If leftists truly wish to crack down on COVID misinformation, the internet would currently be flooded with fact-checks rating the recent statements of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as false.

On Friday, the Court began its oral arguments in the case of the National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, which asks the Court to find whether or not it is constitutional for the Biden administration to enforce a vaccine mandate on private employers.

During oral arguments, Sotomayor forwarded various statements concerning COVID and the omicron variant that are demonstrably false.

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“We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators,” Sotomayor said, referring to the alleged effects of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

“We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators.”

Sotomayor also claimed that omicron “is as deadly as delta,” according to Fox News journalist Shannon Bream.

Sotomayor seems to have pulled the “100,000 children” statistic from out of thin air.

According to the Washington Examiner, the current national pediatric COVID census conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services shows there to be roughly 3,342 children with COVID in hospitals.

The outlet goes on to note that this number is merely the children hospitalized with COVID, which is very different than being hospitalized by COVID.

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More broadly, Sotomayor’s claims that omicron is deadly and more dangerous to children appear to be utterly baseless.

The majority of mainstream news outlets — including even the left-leaning New York Times — have reported the exact opposite.

For example, on Dec. 28, the outlet reported that, while child hospitalizations are on the rise, “preliminary data suggests that compared with the Delta variant, Omicron appears to be causing milder illness in children, similar to early findings for adults.”

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Another report from the Times published on Tuesday found that while hospitals are filling up, ICUs are not, suggesting the omicron variant is likely much less lethal when compared with other variations of COVID-19.

Setting aside her unabashed liberal agenda, Sotomayor is undoubtedly an intelligent, professional woman at the top of her field.

That reality only makes this story all the more shocking. These are simple and easy things to check. The fact that such a woman would so blatantly spread COVID-19 misinformation to push a government agenda is appalling.

Of the two explanations for why Sotomayor would spread these falsehoods, it’s hard to know which is more terrifying — that she did so willingly to prop up an authoritarian federal mandate or that a sitting Supreme Court justice was so completely ignorant of the facts of a case she is ruling on.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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