Attorney General William Barr has Democrats furious after the bold move he made on Wednesday. He showed up in the lions den generally referred to as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer show and actually dared to defend President Donald Trump.
AG Barr all set to send in troops
When Attorney General Barr appeared on CNN Wednesday evening, he had the host turning a Democrat shade of blue and sputtering. He didn’t waste much time getting to the point, which was to justify President Donald Trump’s suggestion that it might be a good idea to send federal agents to polling places.
William Barr is a lawyer and has a lot of tolerance for non-lawyers like the president throwing legal terms around loosely. He gets the point behind the spoken words. President Trump is absolutely right that the polling places should be defended. The part he got wrong was that the Sheriffs aren’t the ones for that job. As Attorney General, it’s Barr’s job to explain that there are other troops for that. Which he did to a stunned Wolf Blitzer.
Ever since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, federal troops have been sent to the polls. As Barr explained, “the Justice Department has historically sent agents to enforce civil rights.” Democrats claim they want civil rights for Blacks but they don’t want armed troops at the polls because then they can’t disrupt the elections. They can’t figure out which way to fall over.
Make sure people aren’t harassed
Blitzer looked a lot like a fish in a suddenly empty bowl as AG Barr noted, “federal agents had been sent in the past to ‘enforce civil rights’ and ‘to make sure that people were not being harassed and there was no suppression of vote against African Americans’ in the past.”
The VRA specifically allows the attorney general to “send federal observers to ensure there was no voter suppression.” Barr plans to do just that. President Trump declared he “would send ‘sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to have, hopefully, U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorneys general’ to weed out voters who had not registered or were out to commit fraud.”
Well, he has the right idea. When Blitzer finally got a word in edgewise, he started hammering AG Barr for President Trump’s reference to the “treason” committed by Barack Obama and his administration. He didn’t like the Attorney General’s legal opinion on that one bit. “Well, treason is a legal term. I think he’s using it colloquially. To commit treason, you actually have to have a state of war with a foreign enemy. But I think he feels they were involved in an injustice. And if he feels that, he can say it.” In other words it might not be “treason” but its something very similar to it which needs to be fixed and fixed now. Even if it is less than 60 days before an election.