January 28, 2022

Justice Sonia Sotomayor compared workers to a machine ‘spewing a virus, blood-borne viruses’

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has prompted concern after her comments on the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate compared people to machines spreading viruses.

According to Breitbart News, the justice made the unflattering comparison while commenting on the mandate that requires businesses with 100-plus employees to ensure that their employees are either vaccinated or tested regularly.

That mandate was handed down from the Biden administration and implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which Sotomayor believes should stand. 

“Why is a human being not like a machine if it’s spewing a virus, blood-borne viruses?” Sotomayor asked Scott Keller, the attorney for the National Federation of Independent Business, during an expedited Supreme Court hearing regarding the OSHA coronavirus vaccine mandate.

Sotomayor went on to say that it was her opinion that the OSHA mandate isn’t really a vaccine mandate, at all, because it also allows for masking and testing: 

“There’s no mandate here for a vaccine — there’s a masking mandate. [It is] no different than [it is] when we tell people that if there are sparks flying in the workplace where workers have to wear a mask, that’s no different in my mind than this,” she said.

“So this is not a vaccine mandate. There are costs and deaths and other things countervailing to the fact that there might be 1 to 3 percent of workers who leave.”

Late in December, the Supreme Court announced that they would hear an appeal against the mandate, and the oral arguments included a demonstration of the reason for concern amongst conservatives that the court’s left-leaning judges might consider the potential to encroach on public interest less important than their concern over the COVID-19 virus.

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