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Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

3 days ago   |   By Wood TV

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr drew sharp condemnation Thursday for comparing lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic to slavery.
In remarks Wednesday night at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Barr had called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” since slavery.
Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 House Democratic leader, told CNN that Barr's remarks were “the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful things I've ever heard” because they wrongly equated human bondage with a measure aimed at saving lives.
“Slavery was not about...
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Trump Chief Mark Meadows on Barr's Slavery Comments: Covid Lockdowns are Bad But Not as Bad as Internment Camps

Trump Chief Mark Meadows on Barr's Slavery Comments: Covid Lockdowns are Bad But Not as Bad as Internment Camps

3 days ago   |   By Mediaite

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows weighed in on Attorney General William Barr's remarks comparing COVID lockdowns to slavery, at first expressing general agreement, then conceding he would not have assessed lockdowns as worse than the WW2-era internment camps for Japanese Americans.
On Thursday morning, Meadows gaggled with reporters on the driveway to the West Wing, where he was asked about the comment Barr made during a Constitution Day event.
“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr said. “Other than slavery, which was a different...
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Twitter Blows Up At Bill Barr After AG Calls Covid Closures the ‘Greatest Intrusion on Civil Liberties' Other Than Slavery

Twitter Blows Up At Bill Barr After AG Calls Covid Closures the ‘Greatest Intrusion on Civil Liberties' Other Than Slavery

3 days ago   |   By Mediaite

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Attorney General Bill Barr is receiving harsh criticism for comments made during a Constitution Day celebration hosted by Hillsdale College, during which he compared stay-at-home orders to abate the spread of Covid-19 to slavery. Yes, that happened.
Barr's comments came after the event's host asked Barr to explain the “constitutional hurdles for forbidding a church from meeting during Covid-19.” “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr said. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the...
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