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Barr Says Coronavirus Lockdowns Are the ‘Greatest Intrusion on Civil Liberties’ Since Slavery

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Attorney General William Barr said in a speech Wednesday that lockdowns intended to slow the spread of the new coronavirus were “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties” in the history of the United States since slavery. 

“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,” he said, according to CNN. The crowd at Hillsdale College in Michigan reportedly burst into applause.

One of the hosts of the event had asked him about “constitutional hurdles for forbidding a church from meeting during COVID-19.” Barr advocated for allowing businesses to reopen in addition to his statement on civil liberties. 

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