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US Attorney General William Barr under fire for comparing Covid lockdown with slavery

By: AP | Washington |

September 17, 2020 10:03:20 pm


Barr has known as the lockdown orders the “biggest intrusion on civil liberties in American historical past” since slavery.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Picture)

Lawyer Normal William Barr drew sharp condemnation Thursday for evaluating lockdown orders throughout the coronavirus pandemic to slavery.

In remarks Wednesday night time at Hillsdale Faculty in Michigan, Barr had known as the lockdown orders the “biggest intrusion on civil liberties in American historical past” since slavery.

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. three Home Democratic chief, advised CNN that Barr’s remarks had been “probably the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful issues I’ve ever heard” as a result of they wrongly equated human bondage with a measure aimed toward saving lives.

“Slavery was not about saving lives. It was about devaluing lives,” Clyburn stated. “This pandemic is a menace to human life.”

This isn’t the primary event that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

He has beforehand stated that some orders had been “disturbingly shut to deal with arrest,” and the Justice Division despatched letters to a number of states warning that a few of their virus-related restrictions may be illegal. Prosecutors additionally filed statements of curiosity in a number of civil circumstances difficult a few of the restrictions.

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