Since the coronavirus outbreak began, many Democrat Governors have implemented stricter lockdowns than their Republican counterparts.
Some have suggested their actions have gone too far, infringing on Americans’ freedom of religion and assembly.
But Democrats were stunned when William Barr threatened to start hauling states before the Supreme Court for their inaction.
For the last two months, most Americans have been living under “stay at home” orders issued by their Governors.
These orders varied widely, but in their strictest forms, non-essential businesses and travel were severely restricted.
As a result of the government-mandated lockdowns, more Americans are now unemployed than at the heigh of the Great Depression.
Many economists have advised President Trump that continued “social distancing” policies will destroy the economy, making the cure worse than the disease.
As a result, the Trump administration released guidelines to begin re-opening the economy in May.
But a number of Democrat Governors are refusing to consider the advise from Trump’s team of experts in the Coronavirus Task Force.
They see the economic devastation as a way to ensure Joe Biden’s victory in the fall.
But in an interview with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General William Barr declared the administration would consider taking legal action – including all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court – to to ensure states re-opened once the coronavirus emergency was over.
“We have to give businesses more freedom to operate in a way that’s reasonably safe,” Barr told Hewitt. “To the extent that governors don’t and impinge on either civil rights or on the national commerce – our common market that we have here – then we’ll have to address that.”
“We’re looking carefully at a number of these rules that are being put into place,” the Attorney General continued, “And if we think one goes too far, we initially try to jawbone the governors into rolling them back or adjusting them. And if they’re not and people bring lawsuits, we file statement of interest and side with the plaintiffs.”
Barr warned these government-mandated lockdowns amounted to house arrest in some states, and keeping the economy shut down could cause for more deadly consequences than the coronavirus.
“These are unprecedented burdens on civil liberties. The idea that you must stay in your house is close to house arrest. You can’t just keep feeding the patient chemotherapy and kill the patient. Now is the time to move to a more targeted therapy,” Barr added.
In addition to the tens of millions of Americans out of work, major food companies like Tyson are warning about food shortages as the lockdowns threaten our nations’ critical – but fragile – supply chain.
Barr knows the danger civil unrest would pose is far greater than the coronavirus, which is why he’s sending a message to Democrat Governors that is loud and clear – keep these shut downs going any longer than necessary, and there will be consequences.
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