A federal judge in Florida recently struck down the CDC’s mask mandate. It violates passenger’s freedoms, apparently. Making people take off their shoes and go through detectors that can see through clothing? Perfectly fine.
Here’s the problem with this decision:
The CDC has the power to set these regulations. A judge is supposed to check to make sure the regulations don’t violate the law or the Constitution.
This judge ruled against it based on looking at the facts and basically saying, “I disagree with the CDC’s decision.”
In other words, the judge replaced the experts’ opinion on what should be done with her own, without any legal reason to make such a decision.
That’s called “judicial activism” which conservatives hate except when they do it.
This judge (Kathryn Kimball Mizelle) was appointed by Trump after he had already lost the election. The Republicans rushed her through confirmation, which is something they had previously said was outrageous when Obama tried to appoint a judge a year before the election. Like many of Trump’s judicial appointments, she was rated “unqualified” by the American Bar Association.
“We have a candidate who graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for a Supreme Court Justice, became a judge, wrote opinions that were cited and upheld by higher courts, and is highly recommended for skill and ethics by the American Bar Association.”
“Very qualified indeed.”
“She’s a black woman.”
“What? We can’t have that! We have to vote against her for, um, reasons!” — most of the GOP
Now the Democrats will have to produce the evidence they have linking Trump to Russia and can subpoena records and obtain discovery from him in the process as well as requiring him to testify in depositions under oath, which he can’t refuse since he’s the one who filed the lawsuit!
Those who say “Putin wouldn’t have invaded if Trump was still President” are either liars or deluded idiots. Trump helped pave the way for this to happen. (I mean, geez, he was impeached for one of them, when he tried to keep arms from getting to Ukraine unless they dug up dirt on Biden).
Putin was hoping Trump would be re-elected because then the invasion would have been even easier.
And all the Republicans who let Trump do this and voted against his impeachment bear the responsibility as well.
After all, Trump just recently praised Putin for the attack, calling it “genius.” If Trump was still President, he’d be helping Putin, not standing up to him like Biden is doing.
National Security journalist Ed Luce said this about the claim: “The reason Putin didn’t invade Ukraine while Trump was president was because he was getting everything he wanted without firing a shot, or risking [losing] an oligarch. War is the last resort. Trump was a gift to Putin that kept on giving.”
Back in the days of the Soviet Union, Americans who supported them were called “useful idiots.” Putin clearly is relying on today’s versions of the useful idiots.