In a speech before the Federalist Society on Friday evening, Attorney General William Barr delivered a blistering critique of the modern left, accusing them of using tactics more typically seen in third-world dictatorships than in the United States. And the moment clips from his speech began making the rounds on social media, leftists proved that he was right on the money by immediately clamoring for the attorney general’s impeachment. These idiots would impeach the entire Trump administration if they could.
In his remarks, Barr noted that conflict between conservatives and progressives was nothing new.
“Unfortunately,” he said, “through the past few years we have seen these conflicts take on an entirely new character. Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called ‘The Resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration. The fact of the matter is: that in waging a scorched earth, no holds-barred war of resistance against this administration, it is the left that is engaged in the systemic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law.”
Not sure how you could deny the truth of that statement, much less get up in arms about it, but we can only assume this is one of those “hit a nerve” moments where leftists are upset because Barr’s characterization of them was a little TOO accurate.
“Another lunatic authoritarian speech as Barr goes from attacking ‘radical secularists’ at Notre Dame Law School to one month later attacking the ‘resistance’ at the Federalist Society,” tweeted former White House ethics counsel Richard Painter. “Impeach Barr now! Bill Barr is the type of bare knuckles lawyer the Church would have hired thirty years ago to cover up sex abuse cases. The bishop would have been someone like Rep. Jim Jordan. Neither of these men belong anywhere near the impeachment inquiry.”
Painter, since his days as Bush’s ethics counsel, has become one of the most outspoken NeverTrumpers in the land. This screed against Barr is just as unhinged and idiotic as most of what he says these days.
“I encourage everyone to read Bill Barr’s viciously partisan speech to the Federalist Society,” tweeted Fordham Law Professor Jed Shugerman. “Its hackery and intellectual dishonesty is an utter embarrassment to the DOJ, Federalist Society, and to all of us (yes, me, too) who try to be intellectually honest about textualism and original public meaning.”
ACLU attorney Josh Black said it was “sickening” to see the audience give Barr a standing ovation.
And Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP tweeted: “I have warned for some time that AG Barr is the most alarming figure in the Administration. A true believer who has been waiting for his moment and pitched hard for this job. He has an agenda and political view that is lockstep with Trump.”
Alarming? No, actually, those are the qualities that make Barr the perfect man for the job. You can’t be in charge of the Justice Department right now without fully recognizing the injustices that Democrats are trying to commit against the U.S. With this speech, Barr showed that he’s right where we need him.