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Barr: A COVID-19 lockdown would be ‘greatest intrusion on civil liberties' since slavery

Added 09-17-20 01:18:02am EST - “US Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday said a nationwide coronavirus lockdown would amount to the "greatest intrusion on civil liberties" besides slavery in US history, according?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Barr: A COVID-19 lockdown would be ‘greatest intrusion on civil liberties’ since slavery”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

US Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday said a nationwide coronavirus lockdown would amount to the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” besides slavery in US history, according to a CNN report.

Barr reportedly made the remarks during a speech at Hillsdale College in celebration of Constitution Day in response to a question about the “constitutional hurdles” of banning church gatherings during the pandemic.

“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 said.

As health experts have championed the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, Barr, a staunch defender of President Trump, has slammed stay-at-home orders as “draconian.”

His comments Wednesday referencing slavery came after public health data has shown African Americans to be at a higher risk for catching the coronavirus. African Americans are more likely to be essential workers and are more likely to have preexisting health conditions due to systemic challenges.

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