Gov. DeSantis questions ‘backbone’ of John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh after justices uphold health care vax mandate
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Gov. Ron DeSantis offered a mixed review Friday of the U.S. Supreme Court’s two decisions regarding vaccine mandates, questioning the judgment of two GOP-appointed justices in the process.

He noted the decision to uphold a challenge to Occupational Health and Safety Administration private business vaccine-or-test mandates was a “no brainer,” but said Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh failed to show “backbone” in their decision to keep a mandate in place for health care workers.

The Governor made the comments on the right-of-center Ruthless Podcast.

“We won 6-3 on that, which is good, but honestly, this a no-brainer. Anybody who’s not a far-left jurist is going to go that way. But on the medical, the nurse mandate and the doctor mandate, Roberts and Kavanaugh joined with the liberals to allow the nurse mandate,” DeSantis said, to boos.

“Here’s what’s going on. Think about how insane this is. Now in Florida, we protected the nurses, so we have people who are working. But in other states, they fired nurses who were not vaccinated. Many of them have natural immunity from prior infection. So they fire them. Now they’re so shorthanded, they’re bringing back nurses who are COVID positive,” DeSantis said.

Florida will “enforce its protections” for medical staff — developed in 2021’s Special Session — DeSantis said, before closing with a slam of Roberts and Kavanaugh again.

“Honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh didn’t have a backbone on that decision. That’s the bottom line,” DeSantis said on the ruling on health care workers.

DeSantis’ interview was released shortly after a television interview with Attorney General Ashley Moody, who lauded the court decision on the private employer mandate and suggested more of these fights are coming between the state and the Joe Biden administration.

“This isn’t the end,” Moody warned. “You’re going to see more mandates, more attempts by this administration to encroach upon states, to obliterate the separation of powers. And in order to have a free society, a true democracy, you have to have people willing to fight and stand up, and we’ll continue to do that.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


69 comments

  • PeterH

    January 14, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    DeSantis thinks it’s a good idea for Covid infected healthcare workers to give the virus to their patients! He’s called this “The Freedumb State of Florida” for a reason.

    Reply

    • Alex

      January 14, 2022 at 1:04 pm

      Reminds me of an Onion headline;

      “DeSantis Threatens To Cut Hospital Funding If Surgeons Keep Wearing Masks”

      Reply

    • John

      January 14, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      Uh, we’re the Sunshine state and some countries or counties with excessive mandates and lockdowns have as many or more people in the hospital than the people who aren’t adhering to vaccine and mask mandates.

      I thought we were supposed to follow the science and that’s not what you guys are doing, you’re literally ignoring the science and carrying out a religious crusade.

      Reply

      • PeterH

        January 14, 2022 at 3:27 pm

        Complete nonsense!

        Reply

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      • AnnainFL

        January 14, 2022 at 3:57 pm

        John – the US is now closing in on on million deaths. That is more than any other country, including third world countries

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      • Kevin Smith

        January 14, 2022 at 4:10 pm

        I live north of Tampa and see people wearing masks all the time. It’s been 50% or higher mask usage the entire 2yrs of this pandemic. DeSantis can say whatever he wants, but the people are by and large wearing masks and being careful. I call it “risk assessment’ and view it like carrying concealed. The mask and gun are both with me for the “what ifs” that might occurr.

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    • Sally

      January 14, 2022 at 5:59 pm

      Oh boy Peter you are one ignorant Sob! From a nurse do you think vaccinated nurses can’t spread the Covid? You are stupid? I review charts for big company in Tampa 95 percent of pts in hospitals are vaccinated. You need to get your information from people who know best. Once all the unvaccinated nurses and Drs are gone and Covid is plentiful in hospital who you gonna blame then? better hope you don’t have a heart attack from that clot shot cause nobody will be around to save you. Jerk!

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      • PeterH

        January 14, 2022 at 6:54 pm

        Fun Fact ….. that most Americans know except for YOU!

        95% of newly infected patients who run into serious Covid complications today are unvaccinated.

        Reply

  • Alex

    January 14, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Bwahahahaha!!

    This only proves if DeFascist is elected President, he’d be further to the right than Trump the sedition inciter.

    Reply

    • Kevin

      January 14, 2022 at 1:25 pm

      Fascists want to trade freedom for alleged safety, censor free speech, and demand obedience to the federal government. As a county employee, you should be opposed to it.

      Reply

      • Alex

        January 14, 2022 at 1:29 pm

        What freedoms have you lost?

        Name one.

        Reply

        • John

          January 14, 2022 at 3:27 pm

          Also, freedoms are being restricted all over the country. But you’re ignoring those things.

          Reply

          • Alex

            January 14, 2022 at 3:38 pm

            Help me out here.

            I keep thinking of all the constitutional rights like speech, assembly, due process, trial by jury, etc… but I still haven’t found one you have lost.

            Please name a couple, or even one.

        • Kevin Chambers

          January 14, 2022 at 4:19 pm

          In Florida, very few. If Leon County had its way, quite a few. You’d love lockdowns.

          Reply

          • Alex

            January 14, 2022 at 5:16 pm

            Name one.

          • Alex

            January 14, 2022 at 6:31 pm

            That’s what I thought.

            You haven’t lost even one.

            DeAnus and the GOP are lying to you because it triggers your fear/anger response.

            How does it feel to be a patsy?

        • Tom

          January 14, 2022 at 7:09 pm

          America’s Governor ensured all people’s in Florida didn’t lose their freedoms. Even you, you socialist loving anti freedom Dumtard.

          Reply

          • FP Monitor

            January 15, 2022 at 1:05 pm

            It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

          • Tom

            January 15, 2022 at 1:13 pm

            FP monitor, total Manchurian moron.
            Supports incompetent Biden, 40 yr inflation, illegal open southern border, high gas prices, 10.5 million job openings, incompetence reins.

          • Tom’s Mother

            January 16, 2022 at 5:20 pm

            Please don’t respond to my son comments. He has a serious emotional problem. Little Tom is a homophobic homosexual with a mad crush on Ron DeSantis. He is very frustrated because our great Governor does not acknowledge Little Tom’s advances or existence. You comments has cause him to wet his bed on a daily basis. Please ignore his comments.

        • Cindy Lee

          January 15, 2022 at 4:41 pm

          My freedom to walk freely down the streets of Florida knowing that morons following Desantis thinking of ignoring vaccinations is your freedom. I am three times vaccinated and have omicron. The Gov has no legal right to deny the Supreme Court. He is playing a deadly game and stupid followers are keeping the virus here and passing it on and on . This nut has to go!

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    • John

      January 14, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      Are you kidding me? A guy that errs on the side of freedom is not a fascist.

      Reply

      • Alex

        January 14, 2022 at 3:49 pm

        Let’s see;

        Wants his own private army, refuses to let schools protect childrens health and lives, has a huge voter fraud investigation department even though the only fraud has been done by Republicans, sends law enforcement to the border hysteria on our dime, and wants to severely restrict womens right to control their own bodies while preaching “freedoms” he can’t name so he and his whack party can refuse a simple, free vaccination/wear a mask to spread their viruses whenever and wherever the want to even the immunocompromised.

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        • Kevin

          January 14, 2022 at 4:23 pm

          By “private army”, you mean “unarmed emergency relief workers”, since the Feds haven’t revised the National Guard numbers since the 70s and Florida is currently 49th in emergency workers per capita. I can’t believe you’re even still trying to lock down schools; even Chicago is admitting that was stupid. “Limiting women’s rights” is “making our abortion laws align with Europe’s”. He’s vaccinated and publicly recommended it. That little cloth mask isn’t doing anything. The only thing you’re even remotely rational on is the border “hysteria”.

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          • Alex

            January 14, 2022 at 5:44 pm

            Really? Fox hasn’t mentioned it? Lol

            A military unit handpicked (Proud Boy Traitors?) funded by the state who he, not the President, is the commander. Fact. Emergency worker sounds nice though huh? Kinda like Trump’s “border emergency” to get money for his idiotic wall. It all sounds lovely, but there is no practical need, so it makes his motivations questionable.

            How do you lockdown schools? Lol Just get the kids vaccinated like they’re already required to for innumerable other diseases, and wear masks so they won’t spread the plague to other kids who then take it home and kill grandma or end up in the hospital themselves because they can’t breath. Simple, easy, no “rights” are lost.

            Is aligning with europe a thing now? Let’s start with what they have: universal healthcare, fair wages, family leave, and a real education for all. Good idea!

            And Poland is the only european country with draconian abortion laws, everywhere else it’s a right, unlike here.

            DeAnus’s booster status is now a state secret, and Trump amazingly – who started all this anti-mask/vaccinate/science/medicine/sanity stupidity flip flopped and is gassing DeDumbass for it. Fox failed o mention that either?

            What other nonsense do you have?

        • Tom

          January 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm

          23 states have state national guard.
          No biggie.

          Reply

          • FP Monitor

            January 14, 2022 at 7:01 pm

            It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

          • Tom

            January 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

            F P monitor is a Manchurian ass wipe.
            The monitor prefers Biden’s 40 yr high inflation, unprotected southern border, abandoned Americans and allies in Afghanistan, 10.5 million open jobs, supply chains back up, food lines.

  • Impeach Biden

    January 14, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    There they are ladies and gentlemen. Dumb and dumber above. Much like the two morons running the country.

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    • PeterH

      January 14, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      As a result of DeSantis’s failed Covid policies ….. per capita more Floridians have died of Covid than California residents. The proof is in the numbers!

      Let’s try to remember that the DeSantis policies have encouraged unmasked unvaccinated tourist to visit here and spread the virus they’ve contracted in Florida back home to their neighbors and loved ones!

      “FREEDUMB STATE OF FLORIDA”

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      • Tom

        January 15, 2022 at 1:16 pm

        Those are lies, you are a racist liar peter h.

        Reply

      • FP Monitor

        January 15, 2022 at 1:18 pm

        It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

        Reply

        • Tom

          January 15, 2022 at 2:17 pm

          FP monitor is a ass wipe Manchurian.

          Reply

          • Tim

            January 15, 2022 at 4:44 pm

            Tom,
            Just curious… What is a Manchurian ass wipe??
            could you define please.
            We’re going to put you on the comedy circuit. I just want to know so i can use it.
            Thanks, Timbo

          • PeterH

            January 15, 2022 at 4:58 pm

            Tim…let me help you. Tom’s Manchuria comments refer to Donald Trump and his long long history of sucking up to China’s authoritarian regime. Did you know that Trump recently signed a cooperative telecommunications agreement with a Chinese firm investigated by the CIA for corruption.

            Here’s more;

            Jan. 29, Remarks at signing ceremony for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

            “And, honestly, I think, as tough as this negotiation was, I think our relationship with China now might be the best it’s been in a long, long time. And now it’s reciprocal. Before, we were being ripped off badly. Now we have a reciprocal relationship, maybe even better than reciprocal for us.”

            Donald Trump

  • Gemma Friedman

    January 14, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    So, the justices should have voted along ideological lines? Is that what Desantis wants? Isn’t the decision making process supposed to be impartial?

    As for other state’s performance, they haven’t had to resort to cancelling COVID tests and despite their rising cases very few of them had to turn away patients due to lack of beds, or medicine. Desantis has simply followed along the popular but nonsensical ideas from the Republican base instead of showing true leadership. Now, his only resort is to hide the consequences to save his position.

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    • Tom

      January 14, 2022 at 6:56 pm

      Three justices did vote along ideological lines, they do every time they vote.

      Justices Breyer, Kagan and that idiot Sotomayor, ignorant and stupid she is. Disgraceful.

      Reply

      • Tom

        January 15, 2022 at 11:14 am

        Of course I am , I says it lady!
        Who do you think your dealing with, stupid Dum Manchurians. I am truth.

        Reply

  • Bambi Buchowski

    January 14, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    I’m in Florida and I applaud Governor DeSantis for his wise leadership. Unlike cowardly blue states, Florida has been open through this entire pandemic. Personally, the only change in my life was a period of a month or so when I wore a mask when entering a business. But that’s far behind me.
    COVID is a disease that at its worst has killed less than 1/10 as many people as the Flu did when it first hit. The Omicron variant, though highly infectious, seems to be a resolution to COVID panic among those who have a clue.

    Unfortunately, many people, especially those in blue states, cowering in their homes, triple-masked, with businesses all around them failing and shutting down forever, don’t have a clue.

    Here’s the INSANITY of laying off health care workers for non-vaccination: They were in the trenches before there WAS any vaccine. Many were infected, recovered and now have at least 13 times the resistance to reinfection that vaccinated people have. The vaccines do NOT prevent people from contracting COVID they just make the symptoms less obvious. So by mandating ONLY vaccinated health care workers can be on the job, the government has mandated that ONLY THOSE who are 13 times MORE LIKELY to be infected than those with natural immunity and LESS LIKELY to show symptoms than the unvaccinated, shall be in contact with sick people who are more susceptible to death from COVID.
    This is IDIOCY.
    To make matters worse, this INSANE policy has create such a shortage of health care workers that THOSE WHO ARE ACTUALLY INFECTED are being asked to come to work!!

    This is blue-state utopia. Insanity in every direction as far as you can see.

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    • PeterH

      January 14, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      Per capita MORE FLORIDIANS HAVE DIED OF COVID THAN CALIFORNIANS!

      Yes indeed …. DeSantis has a winning strategy!

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      • KwkRoss

        January 15, 2022 at 12:49 pm

        Covid Numbers look good for Florida, if you just get rid of the Data scientist and Analysts working on Data , arrest them and put them away… That is what DeathSantis did.. Everyone knows FL Covid numbers are cooked .. Still it looks bad.. This is what Saddam Hussain used to do.. He used win elections with 99% of votes .. As Trump put it DeathSantis is a gutless politician..

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        • Tom

          January 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm

          You are a gutless piece of garbage kwkross. You obviously are ignorant.
          DeSantis is America’s Governor. You are garbage.

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      • Tom

        January 15, 2022 at 1:28 pm

        Your stats are mental Peter h. No one goes by them, except you and mental Alex.
        Florida leads the nation for freedom, schools open, jobs, new jobs, families, happy lives. You ate a blue state tyrant liar. You support Lincoln Org, racist org. Racists!

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        • PeterH

          January 15, 2022 at 3:17 pm

          You’re incorrect as usual. My statement that per capita Florida has a higher death rate than California is absolutely correct and supported by statistics IN EVERY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.

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    • SherryinFlorida

      January 14, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      Care to state your references for the “13 times” statements you present as facts?

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      • Alex

        January 14, 2022 at 8:41 pm

        You misspelled facts.

        It’s alt-facts in bizarro antivax world.

        Reply

    • Tom

      January 15, 2022 at 11:15 am

      Yes mam Bambi!!

      Reply

  • AnnainFL

    January 14, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    I still don’t understand how a virus can become such a political issue. Any virus no matter how deadly does not care if you are a democrat or republican. So is anyone going to take a stand against seatbelts in cars? Those are also for safety.

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    • Alex

      January 14, 2022 at 1:58 pm

      Anything Republicans don’t like is now “liberal”

      Of course that’s virtually everything and everyone except loyal Fox watchers.

      They can’t get it through their thick skulls that they’re almost always wrong.

      Reply

  • PeterH

    January 14, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Good point!
    From the start …. Republicans used COVID as a wedge issue! Similarly …. Republicans point to Biden on undocumented crossing our Southern border …. When it’s Congress’s mandate to fix immigration laws. Biden’s job IS TO FOLLOW immigration laws as they are currently defined.

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    • Tom

      January 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      You are a liar peter h.
      Congress has delegated the border to the executive by law. Courts have upheld as well.

      You are a propagandist liar. Biden has destroyed the border. You will all rot in hell for your actions. Rot!

      Reply

      • PeterH

        January 15, 2022 at 1:28 pm

        To change the existing immigration laws Congress is responsible. The courts have upheld Trump’s executive order on immigration as TEMPORARY BECAUSE OF COVID. So you’re wrong as usual.

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        • Tom

          January 15, 2022 at 1:49 pm

          You are wrong as usual peter h.
          You don’t get to abandon the border and allow millions of illegals in you idiot. U S law does not allow our border to be invaded. This is not about Trump. Courts have upheld his efforts. as usual you lie for your propaganda purpose. Confesss Rights law. The law delegated enforcement to chief executive. Just shut up you PUD. You are pathetic fool.

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          • PeterH

            January 15, 2022 at 3:13 pm

            You’re incorrect. The executive branch has no authority to change existing law. ANYONE CAN ENTER THIS COUNTRY AND ASK FOR ASYLUM! Once they ask …… they are entitled to their day in court.

            THAT IS OUR CURRENT LAW!

      • PeterH

        January 15, 2022 at 3:19 pm

        Congress HAS NO AUTHORITY to delegate border responsibility to the Executive Branch.

        Reply

    • Tom

      January 15, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      The Dumcrat Manchurians and their media lackeys have attempted to use Covid as a wedge, it had backfired on them terribly.

      You have a backlash coming in Nov.
      Florida Gov, Senate local races, Congress 50 seat pick up, U S Senate and many more races. It’s a Nov 22 red route. Biden, Harris have destroyed economy, inflation 40 yr high. People are starving thanks to Biden Harris. His Georgia speech was racist. Peter h you have lied about 2 million illegals, saying we have none entering. The liberal bubble has been blown up, Biden’s lack approval is 33%. 25% independents approve. Hispanics have abandoned.
      You all are a joke. Bull Connor, LMAO. You idiot!

      Reply

  • Frankie M.

    January 14, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    For someone who blames Biden for not ending the pandemic sooner he sure does everything in his power to keep it alive & well in Florida. #Benghazi #nevaforget #forgetaboutJ6

    Reply

  • Keith

    January 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    The vaccine is connected to very evil people. Top pedophiles, top thieves and that is what’s behind this fear. Bs. Mabry it’s time to face the creator.?

    Reply

    • Alex

      January 14, 2022 at 7:03 pm

      Q is that you?

      Reply

  • Tom

    January 14, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Fauci 850,000 perished Covid.
    Biden 450,000 perished Covid

    Peter h you crumb liar, no facts no clue.
    Alex, you dumb ass, I called Guvnu and asked him to take your freedoms away.
    Alex, Peter h, you got your ass kicked.

    Reply

  • Rose Warmsley

    January 14, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    WELL MR. SMARTY PANT. WHY DO YOU PEOPLE HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATE IN COVID CASES? SINCE YOU’RE SO WISE. WHY DON’T YOU RUN FOR GOVERNOR? AND FINISH KILLING ALL THE CHILDREN AND OLD PEOPLE KILL THE DRS. NURSES. I KNOW THEY WOULD BE GLAD TO HAVE YOU.

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    • Tom

      January 14, 2022 at 8:54 pm

      When I’m Govnuh I’ll make sure you Rose, ignorant Alex, and peter h Elmo will be transported out of state.
      Done!

      Reply

      • FP Monitor

        January 15, 2022 at 11:38 am

        It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

        Reply

        • Tom

          January 15, 2022 at 1:23 pm

          FP monitor is a ass wipe Manchurian.

          Reply

  • Tjb

    January 16, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Below is an example of creating a false narrative. It is a health issue not political.

    This isn’t the end,” Moody warned. “You’re going to see more mandates, more attempts by this administration to encroach upon states, to obliterate the separation of powers. And in order to have a free society, a true democracy, you have to have people willing to fight and stand up, and we’ll continue to do that

    Reply

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