Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Thursday after the Supreme Court's decision to block President Biden's vaccine mandate. "The Supreme Court has spoken," Trump announced, "confirming what we all knew: Biden's disastrous mandates are unconstitutional. Biden promised to shut down the virus, not the economy but he has failed miserably on both—and mandates would have further destroyed the economy. We are proud of the Supreme Court for not backing down." "No mandates!" Trump summed. [tweet_embed] January 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] The mandate, which would have affected 80 million Americans, asked that companies with more than 100 employees make it mandatory for workers to be vaccinated or be subjected to weekly testing. The mandate attracted intense denunciation from politicians, businesses, and citizens alike, with many even going so far as to file suit. As the Associated Press reported, the Conservative majority on the court decided that the Biden Administration "overstepped its authority" when it attempted to mandate vaccines and strict testing regiments on employees of large companies. "OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress," announced the Conservative justices in an unsigned opinion. "Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID–19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here." [tweet_embed] January 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] In their dissent, the three Liberal justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor claimed that "Acting outside of its competence and without legal basis, the Court displaces the judgments of the Government officials given the responsibility to respond to workplace health emergencies." Despite nixing the mandate for large companies, the Supreme Court did uphold the Biden Administration's vaccine requirements for healthcare workers who get federal Medicare or Medicaid funding. As the Associated Press reports, the mandate will allow for medical and religious exemptions. The President has been a vocal advocate for COVID-19 vaccines and their efficacy, though he has fiercely attacked mandates as being anti-freedom of choice. "Some people aren't taking it; the ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don't take the vaccine, but it's still their choice. And if you take the vaccine, you're protected," Trump announced in December. [tweet_embed] January 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] President Biden, whose approval rating has been slumping, voiced disappointment with the decision "to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees." He went on: "I call on business leaders to immediately join those who have already stepped up - including one-third of Fortune 100 companies - and institute vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers, and communities."