Barr calls coronavirus lockdowns the ‘greatest intrusion on civil liberties’ since slavery

September 17, 2020 | By QUINT FORGEY and JOSH GERSTEIN | source |

“The attorney general also compared career DOJ prosecutors to preschoolers and defended his intervention in high-profile cases.”

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“Attorney General William Barr argued Wednesday that coronavirus-related lockdown orders were surpassed only by slavery as the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” in the nation’s history.

The remarks from the attorney general came during an event hosted by Hillsdale College, where Barr delivered a speech defending his intervention in Justice Department cases and comparing career prosecutors to preschoolers.

“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay-at-home orders, is like house arrest. It’s — you know, other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” Barr said during a question-and-answer session following his remarks.”


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