Bill Barr Apparently Wants To Take Legal Action Against Governors Who Want To Continue Stringent Guidelines After Crisis “Subsides” In Their States

Punishing them for being too safe.

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Attorney General William Barr tends to unveil his dastardly plans in places he thinks most people may not be watching when he announces them. I’m not sure how well that works for him since the internet essentially flattened the earth and made all information basically instantaneous, but he tries nonetheless.

It could be a holdover from his Reagan days — after all, Republicans learned to release horrifying information on the weekends or late at night so they wouldn’t get picked up by major news outlets until it was much too late for anyone to stop them from doing what they planned.

So the other night on the radio show of noted white nationalist right-winger Hugh Hewitt, Barr gave a glimpse into what he sees as the future of the United States’ quarantine status, state by state. Maybe he knows that only extreme conservatives listen to Hewitt, but it was there that he decided to make his announcement that he would be considering taking legal action through the Department of Justice against state governors that he and the Trump administration believe are acting against the best interests of what they think is good for businesses and the economy.


We have to give businesses more freedom to operate in a way that’s reasonably safe. To the extent that governors don’t and impinge on either civil rights or on the national commerce — our common market that we have here — then we’ll have to address that.”

You’ll note that Barr has nothing to say about the civil rights of people to not be forced back to work during a pandemic, or the civil rights of people to not have their lives endangered by risky behavior, reckless decisions, and selfish interests.

Any action the DOJ might take, of course, Barr says would occur after the coronavirus crisis abates.

But who will make the determination that the danger has subsided? Already we’ve had the president himself publicly pushing the false claim that America has already peaked in cases, something that’s so laughably false that for him to have said those words out loud should be grounds for a future attempted murder case against him.

Trump’s attack dog, however, does his bidding in a timely and exacting manner. We should expect to see the lawsuits soon.

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