The White House on Monday refused to defend or criticize Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, after spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.
Sotomayor falsely claimed in argument before the Supreme Court last week that 100,000 children were in hospital because of the virus, “many of them on ventilators”.
Only around 4,000 children are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment on Sotomayor’s obvious misinformation.
“I am not going to speak to the Supreme Court’s arguments or the statements made in those arguments,” Psaki told reporters during Monday’s daily briefing.
When asked by another reporter to comment on Sotomayor’s ill-informed remark, Psaki again refused.
“I’m just not going to weigh in on a specific legal argument in court,” she said.
The Biden administration has repeatedly condemned “disinformation” about the virus, calling it a “threat to public health.”
“This is wrong. This is immoral. I call on the purveyors of these lies and misinformation to stop this. Stop now!” Biden said in a speech Dec. 21.
But Biden officials are generally silent when Democrats release factually inaccurate information.
President Joe Biden falsely claimed in an interview in December that people vaccinated against the coronavirus cannot spread the disease.
“How about making sure you get vaccinated, so you don’t pass the disease on to someone else?” What to say about this? What’s the problem ? ” He asked.