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Politics Biden blasts Barr's comments comparing coronavirus lockdowns to slavery as 'sick' and 'outrageous'

13:11  18 september  2020
13:11  18 september  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall event on September 17, 2020 in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Due to the coronavirus, the event is being held outside with audience members in their cars. Biden grew up nearby in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Drew Angerer/Getty Images © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall event on September 17, 2020 in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Due to the coronavirus, the event is being held outside with audience members in their cars. Biden grew up nearby in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday night slammed Attorney General William Barr for likening coronavirus-related restrictions to slavery.
  • "What Bill Barr recently said is outrageous," Biden said during a CNN town hall event. "Quite frankly, they're sick."
  • Barr described stay-at-home orders as the "greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history," apart from slavery.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday sharply rebuked Attorney General William Barr for comparing coronavirus-related lockdowns to slavery.

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"What Bill Barr recently said is outrageous," Biden told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper during a town hall event. "Quite frankly, they're sick."

Barr made the comments in question on Wednesday, saying, "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."

President Donald Trump chose not to impose a nationwide lockdown order, even though leading health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that the US "really should be" on a federally mandated lockdown. Instead, governors came up with a patchwork of restrictions in a bid to control the spread of the virus, while Trump called on state leaders to "liberate" Americans and reopen businesses and schools.

James Clyburn: Barr's remark comparing lockdowns to slavery is 'the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard'

  James Clyburn: Barr's remark comparing lockdowns to slavery is 'the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard' House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Thursday slammed Attorney General William Barr for comparing coronavirus lockdowns in the US to slavery, saying the comments are "the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard.""You know, I think that that statement by Mr. Barr was the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard," Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House and its highest-ranking Black member, told CNN's John Berman on "New Day." "It is incredible that (the) chief law enforcement officer in this country would equate human bondage to expert advice to save lives. Slavery was not about saving lives, it was about devaluing lives.

According to Biden, Trump's mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic forced Americans to give up their civil liberties.

"You lost your freedom, because he didn't act," Biden said. "The freedom to go to that ball game, the freedom of your kid to go to school, the freedom to see your mom or dad in the hospital, the freedom just to walk around your neighborhood because of failure to act responsibly."

Other Democrats, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, also condemned Barr's remarks.

"That statement by Mr. Barr was the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard," Clyburn told CNN.

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Fact-checking Biden's CNN town hall .
CNN hosted a drive-in town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Pennsylvania on Thursday night. It was Biden's first prime time town hall since accepting the nomination. © Gabriella Demczuk for CNN Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at the CNN Presidential Town Hall in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, September 17, 2020. (Gabriella Demczuk for CNN) Over the course of the night, Biden took questions ranging from farming regulations, the military presence in Afghanistan, to how he would approach the coronavirus pandemic.

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