Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor has found herself in hot water after she wildly discussed incorrect data during oral arguments about Biden’s mandate on January 7, 2022.
“We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators” due to the coronavirus, Sotomayor said.
Here is Justice Sotomayor saying that “hospitals are almost all full capacity” and there are “over 100,000 children” hospitalized with covid “many on ventilators.
None of those things are true. Not even close. pic.twitter.com/MqWEL2UvJg
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 7, 2022
The claim was so incorrect that even the liberal “fact-checking” website, Politifact had to correct her.
Her claim is not supported by data.
In all, 82,842 COVID-positive children 17 and younger have been admitted to the hospital since Aug. 1, 2020, according to CDC data.
The most recent data available as of Sotomayor’s remark showed 3,342 children were currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19, according to federal data. That number rises to 4,652 children if suspected coronavirus cases are included.
Both figures represent less than 5% of the number Sotomayor cited.
It is not known where Sotomayor received her information because children have the lowest hospitalization rates for COVID-19.
Additionally, many of the children hospitalized were not admitted because of a coronavirus infection but tested positive once admitted.
Additionally, from Politifact:
At the time she made this comment, federal data showed that fewer than 5,000 coronavirus-positive children were in the hospital. In fact, fewer than 83,000 children have been hospitalized for COVID-19 — cumulatively — since August 2020.
The statement was so egregious CDC director admitted that Sotomayor was way out of line.
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
It’s amazing that someone can sit as a justice on the Supreme Court and be that incompetent.