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As the Trump administration ratchets up the pressure on big technology, President Donald Trump said he expects that Twitter will strike back.

Trump sounded off about Twitter in the course of an interview Friday with Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist.

In recent weeks, Twitter has become aggressive in its handling of Trump’s tweets, posting warnings on one tweet about rioters breaking the law and on another in which Trump mocked CNN.

That led to Domenech asking the president if he expects Twitter will follow up by placing a ban on his personal Twitter account.

“Yes, I do,” the president replied.

Trump said he expects the ax will fall this autumn, as the presidential election nears.

“Some people say I should join Parler,” Trump said, referring to the platform that touts itself as “an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement.”

“Maybe. We do have over 194 million followers, though, across multiple sites,” the president added.

John Daniel Davidson, political editor for The Federalist, expressed similar sentiments regarding Twitter in an Op-Ed published on the site.

“Twitter’s criteria for what’s misleading, abusive, or harassing, or what ‘glorifies violence,’ is entirely one-sided and almost always enforced against conservatives and Republicans but never against leftists or Democrats. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Twitter to ban videos of rioters beating up passersby and torching storefronts, or Democrats lying, or left-wing accounts abusing copyrights. It’s not going to happen,” he wrote Thursday.

“On the other hand, you can be sure that before we get too much closer to the November election, Twitter will drop any pretense about being a neutral platform and ban Trump outright.”

In the interview with Domenech, Trump contrasted Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to Twitter, saying Facebook was less biased.

He also predicted that if Twitter bans him, “I expect it will hurt them more than they realize.”

The Trump administration has been looking closely at America’s giant technology companies, with various reports indicating that Attorney General William Barr is considering a possible antitrust lawsuit against Google.

Trump said reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides some lawsuit protection for big technology companies, could be necessary.

However, he said that reform cannot amount to government smothering the tech giants.

“Section 230 is a double-edged sword,” Trump said, but “would be a much bigger problem for these companies than even just breaking them up … because you would have to be fighting lawsuits all the time. And believe me, I know a little about that.”

“But I want these companies to be successful, and to be based here in America because if you go too far, they end up looking at what is being offered by China instead,” he added.

“And I don’t want that.”

Trump also noted that his Republican allies “need to be stronger” in defending statues and monuments targeted by rioters.

“They’ve got to get much tougher,” he said.

“They have to be stronger, have to come together,” Trump added, or find themselves losing political ground.

“Republicans need to be fighting,” the president said, arguing that radicals who have hijacked the protest movement that began after the death of George Floyd are not seeking just equality.

“You see their leaders on TV saying ‘give us what we want, or we’ll burn down this system and replace it,’” he added.

“That’s almost terrorism.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Trump Expects Twitter Will Ban Him Shortly Before November Election

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri on Thursday blocked Democrats from passing legislation to remove all the statues of Confederate leaders from the U.S. Capitol.

Blunt said that because states are the ones who decide whose statues will be placed in the Capitol, the process of removing statues should be left to them, The Hill reported.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York and fellow Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey sought to have the bill to remove the statues pass by unanimous consent. Under that rule, no vote is required, but any single senator can block the motion, as Blunt did in this case.

There are 11 statues of Confederate figures in the Capitol. Each state selects two figures to memorialize.

Blunt said he wanted to hear from the states involved and hold hearings as part of the Rules Committee, which he chairs.

“I’d like to … get the opinion of people who are taking similar statues out of the building. I’d also like to find out what other states have in mind as their part of this agreement,” he said.

“Each of these states would have the right to remove these statutes and some are. This is an agreement with the states. It goes back to 1864,” Blunt added, according to The Kansas City Star.

Blunt noted that since Congress passed a law in 2000 that allowed states to replace statues as they please if governors and state legislatures to approve the switch. Several states that were part of the Confederacy have replaced statutes of Confederate leaders with those of civil rights icons.

Booker said having statues of Confederate figures in the Capitol is a “painful, insulting, difficult injury.”

“The continued presence of these statues in the halls is an affront to African-Americans and the ideals of our nation,” he said.

Schumer said removing the statues would address the “poison of racism.”

“Candidly, I don’t think it would be too imposing to ask our states not to send statues of people who actively fought against this country. You know, there is a reason that Connecticut doesn’t send a statue of Benedict Arnold,” Schumer said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no need to change a process that is working.

“You know, there were eight presidents who owned slaves. Washington did. Jefferson did. Madison did. Monroe did. Look, as far as the statues are concerned, every state gets two. Any state can trade out, as Sen. Blunt pointed out, if they choose to. And some actually are choosing to,” he said.

On a related issue, Blunt said that because the decision rests solely in the hands of the federal government, he would move forward with renaming military installations named for Confederate leaders.

“I expressed my belief that it would be absolutely appropriate, in my view, to review the names of the forts… that are named after Confederate military leaders and change those names. And we can do that all on our own,” Blunt said.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri has said he opposes the effort to rename military bases.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Republican Senator Blocks Schumer’s Attempt To Push Through Anti-Confederate Bill

While defending those she called the “innocent people” who have turned a piece of Seattle into an occupied zone where the law does not run, “The View” co-host Joy Behar applied the label of “domestic terrorist” to President Donald Trump on Thursday before begrudgingly taking it back.

During the segment, the hosts discussed a recent tweet from the president.

“Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course. LAW & ORDER!” Trump tweeted.

The hosts also noted Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted back, “Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker.”

Durkan’s tweet referred to Trump’s supposed use of a White House bunker during a Washington, D.C., riot.

After co-host Whoopi Goldberg began by criticizing Trump, Behar jumped in.

“He has the nerve to call anybody a domestic terrorist. He’s the domestic terrorist,” Behar said.

“He’s the one who’s been impeached for obstructing justice in this country,” she added.

“He’s the one who has friends in jail,” she went on, lumping former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn with Roger Stone and Michael Cohen.

She also said that if Trump wants to help Seattle, “somebody better show him where it is on the map. I doubt that he even knows where it is.”

After co-host Sunny Hostin discussed the meaning of the term “domestic terrorist” and scolded Trump for using it, Goldberg later led Behar down a path to take back some of what Behar had said.

“You were not calling the president a domestic terrorist. You were just saying that his take on this is a little crazier than you thought. Is that right?” Goldberg asked.

“I guess. I mean, I’m not calling anybody names like he does,” Behar replied.

“It’s just that it seems ironic that he would be calling people domestic terrorists. I mean, I’ll get in trouble for calling him a domestic terrorist. He won’t get in trouble for calling innocent people domestic terrorists — that’s the irony of this conversation. So I take it back, I take it back,” she said.

During the conversation, co-host Meghan McCain joined in the Trump-bashing by saying that Trump’s use of the phrase “domestic terrorist” to refer to the Seattle protesters was “something that I take offense to.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Joy Behar Realizes Her Mistake After Calling Trump a ‘Domestic Terrorist’

An Italian health official has said the coronavirus is losing its lethal punch.

As of Monday morning, Italy is sixth in the world in COVID-19 cases, at 233,197, according to Johns Hopkins. It ranks third in the world in deaths at 33,475.

“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, told Reuters.

The Lombardy region, in which Milan is located, has born the brunt of Italy’s battle with the virus.

“The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago,” Zangrillo said.

Cases have also fallen from a peak of 6,600 on March 21 to 333 Sunday.

Italy is on the brink of relaxing the lockdown restrictions it imposed to address the virus.

Zangrillo downplayed fears of a second wave of the virus.

“We’ve got to get back to being a normal country,” he said. “Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country.”

A government official pushed back against Zangrillo.

“Pending scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared … I would invite those who say they are sure of it not to confuse Italians,” Sandra Zampa, a health ministry undersecretary, said in a statement.

“We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks,” she said.

Dr. Mike Ryan of the World Health Organization also said new spikes are a real danger.

“When we speak about a second wave classically what we often mean is there will be a first wave of the disease by itself, and then it recurs months later. And that may be a reality for many countries in a number of months’ time,” Ryan said told Reuters.

“But we need also to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down and we are get a number of months to get ready for a second wave. We may get a second peak in this wave,” he added.

Another Italian doctor, however, seconded Zangrillo’s conclusion.

“The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today,” Matteo Bassetti, the head of the infectious diseases clinic at Genoa’s San Martino Hospital, said.

“It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different,” Bassetti said.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Top Italian Doctor Delivers Surprisingly Good Coronavirus News

George Floyd’s brother Sunday told rioters causing destruction in the name of his brother to stop it.

Floyd, 46, died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

On Tuesday, a protest in Minneapolis over Floyd’s death that began as a march against police brutality turned into a riot that led to arson and looting. Since then, similar riots have taken place across America from Albany, New York, to Eugene, Oregon.

Terrence Floyd said rioters are doing the wrong thing.

“Don’t tear up your town. All of this is not necessary because if his own family and blood is not doing it, then why are you?” he said Sunday night during an interview with ABC News.

“If his own family and blood are trying to deal with it and be positive about it, and go another route to seek justice, then why are you out here tearing up your community?” Terrence Floyd said.

“Because when you’re finished and then you turn around and want to go buy something, you done tore it up. So now you messed up your own living arrangements.

“So just relax. Justice will be served.”

Terrence Floyd said he is afraid the message he wants to be sent has been lost in the violence.

“Do something positive. Stop making excuses,” he said. “And that’s what I feel is going on: They’re using this as an excuse to be stupid.”

Terrence Floyd said he is no stranger to anger over his brother’s death.

“I’m outraged too,” he said. “Sometimes I get angry. I want to bust some heads, too. I want to just go crazy.

“My brother wasn’t about that. My brother was about peace. You’ll hear a lot of people saying he was a gentle giant.”

On Friday, fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death.

Terrence Floyd said more charges need to be filed.

“I want to see all of them get punished to the full extent for what they did to my brother,” he said.

“Because when I saw the videos, not only was the dude on his neck … not only that, you got the other three officers that were behind the camera, behind the car on him. So he can’t move,” he said.

In a follow-up interview Monday with “Good Morning America,” Terrence Floyd said his brother “would want us to seek justice” but that protesters should channel their anger “another way,” according to ABC News.

“It’s OK to be angry, but channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way because we’ve been down this road already,” he said. “The anger, damaging your hometown is not the way he’d want.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: George Floyd’s Brother Delivers an Important Message to Rioters

Rioters using the death of Minnesota man George Floyd as a pretext for causing destruction across America may face the wrath and scrutiny of the Justice Department, Attorney General William Barr said Saturday.

Barr had announced last week that Floyd’s death would be investigated by the Justice Department for possible civil rights violations.

Floyd, 46, died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer kept a knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Although the officer has since been charged in connection with Floyd’s death, the incident triggered mass protests that have since turned into violent anti-police rioting in major cities across America.

Barr said that some are using the riots as a tactic to attack American society.

“Unfortunately, with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements,” Barr said in a statement posted on the Justice Department’s website.

“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda. In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far-left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence,” the statement said.

Barr said the Justice Department is ready to help local areas protect their communities.

“We must have law and order on our streets and in our communities, and it is the responsibility of the local and state leadership, in the first instance, to halt this violence. The Department of Justice (including the FBI, Marshals, ATF, and DEA), and all of our 93 U.S. Attorneys across the country, will support these local efforts and take all action necessary to enforce federal law,” he said in the statement.

Barr added a special warning to those who instigate violence as a means to a political end.

“In that regard, it is a federal crime to cross state lines or to use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting. We will enforce these laws,” he said in the statement.

In his statement, Barr noted that “[t]he greatness of our nation comes from our commitment to the rule of law,” and that the process of enforcing the law is moving forward in the Floyd case,

“The outrage of our national community about what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is real and legitimate. Accountability for his death must be addressed, and is being addressed, through the regular process of our criminal justice system, both at the state and at the federal level,” the statement said.

“That system is working and moving at exceptional speed. Already initial charges have been filed. That process continues to move forward. Justice will be served.”

President Donald Trump on Saturday said that the response to rioting in Minneapolis needed to be stronger.

“They’ve got to get tougher. They’ve got to get tougher. They’ve got to be strong. Honor the memory of George Floyd. Honor his memory. They have to get tougher. And by being tougher, they will be honoring his memory. But they cannot let [riots] happen,” Trump said, according to a White House media pool report.

He appeared to specifically cite the incident in Minneapolis where a police precinct was overrun by rioters.

“When I saw a policeman, run by a mayor who I think is probably a very good person — but he’s a radical-left mayor — when I saw the policeman running out of a police station, for that police station to be abandoned and taken over, I’ve never seen anything so horrible and stupid in my life. I’ve never seen anything so bad. And then I see them trying to justify it,” he said.

Trump said he will intervene if called.

“We have our military ready, willing, and able if they ever want to call our military. But we can have troops to the ground very quickly if they ever want our military,” he said.

Trump on Saturday noted that he had spoken to Floyd’s family.

“The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief,” Trump said while in Florida for the launch of the SpaceX mission to the International Space Station.

“Yesterday, I spoke to George’s family and expressed the sorrow of our entire nation for their loss. I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace. And I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack, and menace. Healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos are the mission at hand,” Trump said.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Barr Issues Announcement on Rioters, Hints Federal Charges Could Be Coming for Some

President Donald Trump is using presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s words against him.

Trump’s campaign has launched what it called an “investigative website” called thetruthoverfacts.com.

“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. announced the launch of ‘Truth Over Facts,’ an investigative website aimed at uncovering the truth behind Joe Biden’s never-ending, seemingly incomprehensible statements during his third, plodding campaign for president,” the Trump campaign said in a news release.

The title of the site is taken from a Biden flub during an Iowa campaign event last year.

“Everybody knows who Donald Trump is. Even his supporters know who he is,” Biden said then, according to the Washington Examiner. “We got to let him know who we are. We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.”

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh was the host of a kickoff video on the satirical site, which is styled to give the visual vibe of a crime documentary while delivering a breezy tongue-in-cheek mockery of Biden’s many miscues.

The initial video includes Biden’s reference to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill when asked a question about his age as the oldest American president, if elected, by the end of his term.

The video later goes on to include a clip of Biden mangling the wording of the Declaration of Independence and using the words “the thing” to describe the founding document’s discussion of human liberty.

The mockery raised some eyebrows as critics in the media attacked the site as incompatible with what they thought it should be.

CNBC White House reporter Christina Wilkie was aghast.

Ezra Klein of Vox also slammed the site.

Dan Pfeiffer, who hosts the liberal podcast “Pod Save America” and is a former adviser to President Barack Obama, ridiculed the effort.

Washington Examiner writer Emily Larsen said some folks just missed the joke.

“The American people deserve to know the truth behind Joe Biden’s delirious and nonsensical claims on the campaign trail,” Murtaugh said of the new website in a statement.

“When he’s mangling the text of the Declaration of Independence or calling someone a ‘lying, dog-faced pony soldier,’ is he really speaking a language that only he and a select group of others understand? This campaign for president cannot be allowed to continue for one more minute until we try to unlock the secrets behind Joe Biden’s incomprehensible babbling.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Left Implodes When Trump Uses Biden’s Own Line Against Him in Brilliant New Campaign Initiative

The federal judge hearing the case of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn made waves Tuesday by saying he would open up the process to hear “friend of the court” submissions from a liberal group despite the fact that the Justice Department has already said it wants to dismiss the case.

The action by D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, effectively puts the government’s effort to drop the charges on hold.

Sullivan said he will, “at the appropriate time,” develop a schedule for arguments against the Justice Department’s plan to drop the case, according to The Washington Post.

Flynn’s defense objected to the stall.

“No rule allows this filing,” attorney Sidney Powell wrote in her own court filing, noting that Sullivan would not accept outside groups’ comments in the past.

“This Court has consistently — on twenty-four (24) previous occasions — summarily refused to permit any third party to inject themselves or their views into this case,” she said.

Powell said courts cannot “usurp the role of the government’s counsel.”

“This travesty of justice has already consumed three or more years of an innocent man’s life — and that of his entire family,” Powell wrote. “No further delay should be tolerated or any further expense caused to him and his defense.”

Last week, the Justice Department announced that it would drop charges against Flynn, setting the stage for what Powell said she expected would be a formal action this week to dismiss the case.

However, on Monday, a group called “Watergate Prosecutors” sought to file a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the Justice Department’s plan to drop the charges.

The group claimed it had a “unique perspective on the need for independent scrutiny and oversight to ensure that crucial decisions about prosecutions of high-ranking government officials are made in the public interest.”

Sullivan’s effort to cater to the group’s request was attacked on Twitter by commentator Michael Cernovich, who said an ethics complaint against Sullivan will be forthcoming.

“Judge Sullivan, who denied leave to file amicus briefs when he knew third parties would have spoken favorably of Flynn, now solicits briefs critical of Flynn. This is a violation of the judicial oath and applicable ethical rules. We will be filing a complaint against Sullivan,” he tweeted.

Fox News reported that Cernovich might file his own amicus brief.

The “Watergate Prosecutors” group includes Jill Wine-Banks, who is currently marketing her book, “The Watergate Girl.”

Wine-Banks previously has said that there was collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia and supported the investigation of former special counsel Robert Mueller, which failed to find any such collusion.

On Tuesday, Trump retweeted a post that referred to Wine-Banks as a “Trump/Russia collusion nutter.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Flynn Judge Faces Ethics Complaints After Head-Scratching Move

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking at a future round of coronavirus response legislation to fund Democrats’ plan to force Americans to accept mail-it-in elections.

During a Friday interview on MSNBC, Pelosi said “much more than” $400 million will be in the next bill so that “every person registered to vote” will receive a ballot at home.

Pelosi used the interview to attack President Donald Trump and his reluctance to pump more money into the U.S. Postal Service.

“The president wants to privatize the Post Office,” she said, about the 6:25 mark.

“The post office has over 90 percent favorability among the American people. They depend on the post office as a public institution. Seniors now are getting — they have always been getting their medicine by mail for a long time now and now even more urgently. People are buying things that are telemarketing and the rest, and they’re being delivered by the post office.

“So at this time, any time, it’s a bad idea. It’s what they’re about, privatization, privatization, privatization. Let someone else go make money off someone that should be a public service for the American people. We will have to have that fight.

“We tried to get funding for the post office in the CARES one bill. We had some money in a bipartisan way, but the president, I understand, personally rejected it,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi then tried to connect Trump’s opposition to more postal spending with her demand that vote-by-mail become law, according to a transcript of the interview posted on Pelosi’s website.

“But let me tell you another reason why he may be against it. We have to save the lives and livelihood of the American people. We also have to save our liberty – the life of our democracy,” she said.

“Voting by mail is central to this in any event, but at the time of the coronavirus, very essential. We had $400 million in CARES 1. We have to add much more than that in CARES 2, so that people can vote by mail,” she said.

Pelosi then trashed the Supreme Court for not adhering to her agenda by allowing Wisconsin’s primary election to go ahead earlier this month.

“When the Supreme Court, acting like party hacks, said that the state of Wisconsin had to vote on that day and limited the importance of voting by mail, they were doing a Republican agenda.

“But the fact is, is that having those people vote at that time was as if we invited them all to the Mardi Gras, probably caused more infections. Sad to say. People were standing in line for a very long time, keeping social distancing, but nonetheless, having to be out when they should be home,” she said.

“So, this is about that as well. This issue of vote by mail and also saying every person who’s registered to vote should receive a ballot and that we should have same-day registration for those who have not registered to vote, opening the process,” she said.

Pelosi is supported by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has tweeted her support for voting by mail.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel pushed back against the vote-by-mail concept in a commentary piece published by Fox News.

“Imagine an election where a ballot is sent to a person regardless of eligibility, signed by someone else, picked up and delivered by a campaign operative, and still counted. If Democrats got their way, that is what would happen in Nevada this June, and nationwide in November,” she wrote.

“Democrats have sued Nevada in an attempt to block the state from enforcing election laws on the books in their upcoming primary. Their demands? Nevada must suspend its prosecution of ballot harvesters, where the practice is illegal, and refuse to allow election officials to verify signatures on ballots, contrary to state law. They claim this basic check to see whether a ballot is from the same voter who signed up to vote is ‘not needed to ensure the integrity of the election,’” she wrote.

“This is the Democrats’ standard for ‘integrity’ in elections,” she wrote.

“Democrats are using ‘social distancing’ as an excuse to allow campaign operatives to traffic in ballots, and stop the enforcement of crucial voter integrity laws,” she wrote.

“It is not really about social distancing. If it were, Democrats would not want to put their campaign operatives at risk by sending them door-to-door to handle thousands of ballots. The only thing Democrats are consistent on is their mission to gut voting integrity. And their hypocrisy,” she wrote.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Pelosi Confirms Next Relief Bill Will Be Used To Push Vote by Mail

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday said that what he termed “draconian” social distancing restrictions should be relaxed in about three weeks.

In an interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News on “The Ingraham Angle,” Barr also said the Justice Department will be on guard to ensure that temporary measures taken in the last few weeks do not become permanent encroachments on the liberties of American citizens.

“Generally speaking, there are occasions where liberties have to be restricted during certain emergencies such as war,” Barr said. “In this case, a potentially devastating pandemic.

“But they have to be balanced; whatever steps you take have to be balanced against the civil liberties of the American people and it cannot be used as an excuse for broad deprivations of liberty,” he explained. “As things proceed, we’re going to be interested in both what the federal government is imposing and also making sure that that’s justified and also what the states did.”

Barr was asked about both official and unofficial bans on church services at Easter.

Ingraham noted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s insistence that large religious gatherings not take place in his state.

“Religious liberty is the first liberty,” Barr said. “It’s the foundation of our republic, and a free society depends upon a vibrant religious life among the people. Any time that’s encroached upon by the government I’m very, very concerned.”

Although Barr claimed that the government has the authority to include churches in broad restrictions being leveled at all parts of society, he added, “I would hate to see restrictions on religion continue longer than they’re strictly necessary.”

Barr said that the end of the current restrictions must be a time of reassessing what is absolutely necessary.

“When this 30-day period ends, I think we have to consider alternative ways of protecting people,” he said.

Barr said that it is important to ensure that “the draconian measures that are being adopted are fully justified and there are not alternative ways of protecting people.”

“When this period of time, at the end of April, expires, I think we have to allow people to adapt more than we have, and not just tell people to go home and hide under the bed, but allow them to use other ways — social distancing and other means — to protect themselves,” Barr said.

You can watch the entire interview here:

Pressed by Ingraham about potential church closings that might be imposed locally or by states even after the federal period of restrictions is lifted, Barr said the Justice Department “has seen situations where some jurisdictions have imposed special burdens on religion that they were not also applying to other kinds of gatherings and events. We jawboned the local governments at that point saying they simply couldn’t do that.”

“We’re going to keep an eye on all these actions that restrict people’s religious liberty,” he said, while continuing to defend his claim that in a situation akin to “wartime, the government can impose certain restrictions.”

Barr argued that, while there is a time when government must exercise its authority, that use must be carefully considered.

“There is a power for the government to take extraordinary steps in genuine emergencies,” Barr said. “That obviously creates a slippery slope: What do you call an emergency?

“And I am concerned that we not get into the business of declaring everything an emergency, and then using these kinds of sweeping extraordinary steps,” he concluded.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Attorney General Barr: ‘Draconian’ Lockdown Measures Need to End Soon

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