In her “Ingraham Angle” monologue on Monday, host Laura Ingraham praised the opinion of a federal judge that the Democratic government of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, had ruled nationwide coronavirus restrictions “unconstitutional.”
Pennsylvania District Judge, West Pennsylvania, William Stickman IV – a Trump-appointed judge – wrote in a 66-page statement that Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine may have acted with “good intentions” of a public health emergency address “the” freedoms protected “The constitution does not include freedoms in fine weather,” according to Harrisburg’s PennLive news agency.
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“It was a phenomenal decision,” said Ingraham. “We have been telling you this for months. Our constitutional rights may not be curtailed indefinitely by Executive Fiat.”
The courts had consistently denied contesting Wolf’s power to order businesses to close during the pandemic, and the governor has since lifted many of the restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen and lift a nationwide stay-at-home order.
In The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham said that unlike states like Pennsylvania, New York and California, states like South Dakota have refused to bring their economies to a standstill.
“They did this because the social cost of everyday life – for everything we lead – is just too high,” said Ingraham.
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“First, lockdowns don’t work. Just look at the number of cases growing in Europe if you think they work. Second, the damage they cause is catastrophic to our economy, our children’s education … mental health and our safety. “
“They’re illegal too, by the way,” she noted, pointing to Stickman’s decision.
“Stickman said responding to a pandemic or emergency could not undermine the system of checks and balances,” said Ingraham, calling the opinion “stinging.”
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“It violated the First Amendment’s right of assembly, the due process clause and the 14th Amendment to the Equal Treatment Clause,” she said of the governor’s executive order.
The verdict was hailed by many in the state assembly’s GOP majority, with Senator Doug Mastriano, a retired Army Colonel and vocal wolf critic, writing on social media that the governor’s “abuse of power to do so was condemned by the federal judge as a violation of your freedoms – Choose to go as free people. “
Wolf spokeswoman Lyndsay Kensinger defended the governor in comments in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, saying, “The actions taken by the government have been mirrored by governors across the country and continue to save and save lives without government action.”
She also said the administration plans to “move the decision to be postponed and appeal”.
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.