In her monologue “Ingraham Angle” on Monday, host Laura Ingraham praised a federal judge’s statement declaring that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive ordered restrictions on state coronary viruses were “constitutional.”
Western Pennsylvania District Judge William Stickman IV – a Trump nominee – wrote in a 66-page statement that while Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine may have acted with “the good intentions to address a public health emergency”, but the “freedoms protected” under the Constitution is not fair weather freedoms, “according to Harrisburg’s PennLive news release.
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“It was a phenomenal decision,” Ingraham said. “We have been telling you this for several months. Our constitutional rights may not be shortened indefinitely by the executive fiat, period.”
Courts had consistently rejected challenges to Wolf’s power to order companies to close during the pandemic, and the governor has since lifted many of the restrictions and allowed companies to reopen and cancel a state home-to-home order.
On “The Ingraham Angle,” Ingraham said that unlike states like Pennsylvania, New York and California, states like South Dakota have failed to force their economies to close, even partially.
“They have done it because the societal costs of daily living – for everything about the lives we live – are just too high,” said Ingraham.
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“Firstly, shutdowns are not working. Just look at the number of cases rising in Europe if you think they are working. Secondly, the damage they are causing is catastrophic for our economy, our children’s education … mental health and our safety. “
“By the way, they are also illegal,” she remarked, pointing to Stickman’s decision.
“Stickman said the response to a pandemic or emergency cannot be allowed to undermine the system of control and balance,” Ingraham said, calling the statement “stinging.”
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“It violated the right of assembly for the first amendment, the due process clause and the 14th amendment on equal treatment,” she said of the governor’s order.
The decision was celebrated by many in the state legislature’s GOP majority, with state senator Doug Mastriano, a retired army chief and vocal Wolf critic, writing on social media that the governor’s “abuse of power to do so has been 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 reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, saying, “The actions of the administration were mirrored by governors across the country and rescued and continue to save lives in the absence of federal action.”
She also said the administration plans to “seek adjournment of the decision and file an appeal.”
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.