Donald Trump’s Supreme Court legacy just took a massive blow courtesy of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Barrett had the opportunity to challenge forced vaccines, and she declined.
A group of Indiana University students challenged mandated vaccines, but Coney Barrett declined to allow the case to go to the Supreme Court, upholding the lower court rulings that the mandates can stand.
There are two different questions this decision addresses.
The first is the conservative stance that vaccines should not be mandated due to personal freedoms.
The second centers around honoring precedent, something Coney Barrett vowed to do during her confirmation period.
When Indiana University mandated vaccines for students in the upcoming fall semester, it put a 1905 Supreme Court ruling to the test.
In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that states could permit smallpox vaccinations.
When the Indiana University case went to court, that 1905 case was cited for the ruling against the plaintiffs in the current case.
Comey Barrett declined to take this case to the Supreme Court due to that precedent.
She immediately faced the wrath of conservatives for her decision.
Here are just a few of the tweets that went out after the decision was rendered…
Forced vaccination on students went from a conspiracy theory to a reality.
Amy Coney Barrett should be ashamed of herself. Forcing kids to get a new coronavirus jab? Beyond evil.
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) August 12, 2021
Amy Coney Barrett continues to show she never deserved the job in the first place. What a waste of a Supreme Court appointee.
— Dr. Wonder Woman (@amandalaurenm) August 12, 2021
Most conservatives I know are not anti-vaccination, but they also believe this should be a personal choice, so even though there is a precedent, this decision will not sit well with them.
The real question that needs to be answered is equating COVID to smallpox in the mandating of a vaccine.
For now, Amy Coney Barrett has decided that as far as legalities are concerned, they are one and the same.