During a Constitution Day celebration at Hillsdale College, Attorney General William Barr claimed that the COVID-19 lockdowns were the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” since slavery.
“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest.” Barr said, according to CNN. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,”
“Most of the governors do what bureaucrats always do, which is they … defy common sense,” Barr added. “They treat free citizens as babies that can’t take responsibility for themselves and others.”
“We have to give business people an opportunity, tell them what the rules are you know the masks, which rule of masks, you had this month… and then let them try to adapt their business to that and you’ll have ingenuity and people will at least have the freedom to try to earn a living.” Barr said.
Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that COVID-19 lockdowns were unconstitutional. Judge William Stickman IV ruled that even though the state’s actions may have been “undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency, but even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered. The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms — in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble.”