Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been criticized for her odd comments in court last week about COVID-19, including the false claim that more than 100,000 children in the U.S. are in the hospital with the virus.
The Obama-appointed justice shared the comments during oral arguments on Friday regarding a case over the president’s vaccine mandate requirement for employers with 100 or more employees.
“We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators,” she said. “We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, many on ventilators.”
.@CDCDirector Rochelle Walenksy disputed #SupremeCourt Justice #SoniaSotomayor’s claim that 100,000 children are hospitalized or seriously ill with #COVID19 during arguments last week. https://t.co/qmb9TxHCVY
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) January 9, 2022
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky spoke out on the misinformation. She said about 3,500 children was the accurate number.
Walensky shared the information on Sunday during an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”
SOTOMAYOR: “Over 100,000 children” are hospitalized due to COVID, with “many on ventilators”
BRET BAIER: “The number’s not 100,000. It’s roughly 3,500 in hospitals now?”
How did Sotomayor make it on the Supreme Court?pic.twitter.com/ANapx1MbCq
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 9, 2022
The wrong claim could lead to other questions about Sotomayer’s bias in the case as the lawsuit moves forward in the days ahead.