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SEE IT: Social media reactions to SCOTUS vaccine mandate ruling pit opposing views of freedom against one another

The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions. The court ruled on birth control, union fees and other cases. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

SEE IT: Social media reactions to SCOTUS vaccine mandate ruling pit opposing views of freedom against one another

Heather Hamilton January 13, 08:17 PMJanuary 13, 08:17 PM

Reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers while blocking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine-or-test mandate of businesses with 100 or more employees dominated social media Thursday.

Those who praised the ruling focused on celebrating American’s constitutional rights and liberties being upheld.

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Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz took to Facebook to say the OSHA mandate was never well founded in science or the law.

“America’s businesses should forget these mandates faster than Joe Biden forgets his daily schedule,” the Florida lawmaker said on Facebook while adding that he was disappointed in the court’s decision to uphold the mandate against healthcare workers.

Others praised former President Donald Trump’s influence.

“If you’re working for a woke company forcing you to get vaccinated even though you might have valid personal reasons not to (religious, medical, existing immunity, low risk) — you now have choices thanks to the wise ruling from SCOTUS,” lawyer and founder of the Center for American Liberty, Harmeet Dhillon, said on Twitter. ”Thank you 45 for half that SCOTUS majority.”

Liz Wheeler, host of the Liz Wheeler Show podcast, praised the ruling and added the infamous anti-Biden meme chant in her tweet: “Let’s goooo Brandon!!!!!”

Another post drew attention to the similarity between the wording of the court’s decision and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s words that preceded the ruling.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted her disappointment, calling the Supreme Court “reckless” while praising it for the decision regarding healthcare workers.

Other reactions of frustration centered around the debate of bodily autonomy being applied to vaccines but not rape victims.


“SCOTUS today ruled that government *cannot* require you to wear a mask or get a vaccine that prevents mass death because of bodily autonomy,” human rights attorney and Sirius XM radio host Qasim Rashid said in a tweet. “But government *can* force a 12-year-old rape victim to carry to term because reasons.”

Still others were grateful that the OSHA mandate was blocked but disappointed that the vaccine requirements for health workers was upheld.

“This is NOT a win!,” FreedomRider wrote on Twitter. “SCOTUS HAS FAILED US… Any business with Fed funding is now susceptible to this. Health care programs, public schools, all federal employees, all healthcare workers, hospitals. There should be NO mandates as Fed mandates are an overreach and unconstitutional.”

The Babylon Bee, a satirical news site, pointed out the irony of healthcare workers being stripped of their personal decision-making power.

“SCOTUS Rules Healthcare Workers Are The Only People Who Can’t Make Decisions About Their Own Health,” the Babylon Bee wrote in a post on Twitter.


The conservative majority on the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to block the vaccine-or-test mandate for employees of big businesses, saying the secretary of the Labor Department “lacked authority to impose the mandate.”

The court added that the decision should be left up to Congress. Justices ruled 5-4 to keep the healthcare worker mandate, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh voting to keep it in place.

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