This Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr issued a memorandum titled, “Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights,” where he directed the Justice Department to take legal action against coronavirus lockdown rules it deems to be "an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections."
"As the Department of Justice explained recently in guidance to states and localities taking steps to battle the pandemic, even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers,” Barr wrote. “The Constitution also forbids, in certain circumstances, discrimination against disfavored speech and undue interference with the national economy."
But according to some of his critics on Twitter, Barr is the last person who should be talking about the Constitution and civil rights.
@TheJusticeDept What does AG BILL BARR know about #CivilRights when he can't even uphold his office nor protect the… https://t.co/ieqkfNOO2D— Corey White (@Corey White) 1588016969.0
@TheJusticeDept How about @AGWilliamBarr concern himself with the fact US is NUMBER ONE in DEATHS for #COVID19 IN T… https://t.co/ulknEftE6b— Robin L (@Robin L) 1588019376.0
@TheJusticeDept Barr needs to be removed and tossed in prison.— Mac (@Mac) 1588017215.0
@TheJusticeDept Religious rights do not supercede civil rights. My rights are to expect a safe communal environment… https://t.co/8WtTq7x8d1— anache (@anache) 1588018201.0
@TheJusticeDept “Fat” Billy Barr is a clear and present danger to America.— scott stafford (@scott stafford) 1588016964.0
@TheJusticeDept Sorry but the federal government has no authority with regard to police actions in states. And rega… https://t.co/33IMCNvmf3— Bill McCormick (@Bill McCormick) 1588017539.0
@TheJusticeDept He’s bluffing. He can shove it. Governors have full powers and rights regarding safety in their sta… https://t.co/Pt6gfZc3xG— Michelle (@Michelle) 1588017576.0
@TheJusticeDept Where are the tests for Covid 19?— Karen Bennett (@Karen Bennett) 1588018794.0