Source: Niamh Harris
US Attorney General Bill Barr has caused a stir by calling the coronavirus stay at home orders, “the greatest intrusion of civil liberties in American history”
Barr made his comments while speaking at a Constitution Day event held in DC by Hillsdale College.
When asked about coronavirus restrictions keeping churches closed in many areas, the attorney general compared lockdowns to “house arrest.“
He said: “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history“
RT reports: Once his comments were shared more widely, few found legitimacy in the comparison.
“Bill Barr equates quarantine with chattel slavery as one of the greatest intrusions of civil liberties in American history. Statements like these make you realize many in this country know nothing about what it truly means to be oppressed,” ‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin tweeted in reaction to the comment. Another person criticized the remarks by simply saying, “What a disgrace.”
“The thing about Bill Barr’s comments is that he knows better. Which is what makes them a whole lot worse,” CNN political correspondent Abby D. Pillip added.
“How about WW2 Japanese Internment camps? Jim Crow laws? segregation? Tuskegee Syphilis experiments?” another commenter tweeted, while Star Trek actor George Takei posted: “As someone who spent four years in U.S. internment camps during World War II, I think Bill Barr is full of horse manure.”