In a jaw-dropping statement, Attorney General Bill Barr compared the national coronavirus lockdown to SLAVERY:
“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” Barr told a crowd.
The response was quick. House Majority Whip James Clyburn slammed the AG saying the comments are “the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I’ve ever heard.”
On CNN he expounded: “You know, I think that that statement by Mr. Barr was the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I’ve ever heard,” Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House and its highest-ranking Black member, told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “It is incredible that (the) chief law enforcement officer in this country would equate human bondage to expert advice to save lives. Slavery was not about saving lives, it was about devaluing lives.”