AG Bill Barr calls Democrats ‘cowards’ and revolutionaries only concerned with re-election
Attorney General Bill Barr blamed “the left” for America’s hyperpartisan political environment, saying Democrats have created a “secular religion” that sees conservatives and the GOP only as the “enemy”.
Barr, who previously served as attorney general under President George HW Bush between 1991 and 1993, said U.S. policy has fundamentally changed since he was last head of the Justice Department. Speaking to Fox News’ Mark Levin on Sunday, Barr accused Democrats of wanting to “dismantle the system” instead of making changes within the framework of the country. Barr said Republicans and Democrats used to trust each other “there was some truth to be achieved,” but liberals have completely backed away from any discussion or compromise.
“Before, you could have friends across the aisle; politics was part of your life, but that wasn’t all, that wasn’t all, and you could have communications with others” , Barr said in the Life, Liberty and Levin interview aired on Monday. “I think what’s happened is that the left wing has really retreated and moved away from the umbrella of classic liberal values that have underpinned our society since our founding.”
The Attorney General said both sides believed in “getting to the truth, we had the idea that there was a truth to be reached”. And if polite debate and speech didn’t work, Barr added, then things would come to a vote. By contrast, Barr says that today’s Democrats emulate a style of French Revolutionary response to everything and believe only in “tearing down the system.”
Barr has repeatedly accused members of “the left” of simply wanting to get rid of the institutions the country has built over hundreds of years. He lamented that Democrats and liberal allies have the narrow view that their political opponents are just plain “evil.”
“[T]hat we have to tear [institutions] down and they’re only interested in complete political victory, they’re not interested in compromise, they’re not interested in the dialectical exchange of opinions – it’s a secular religion, it’s a religion of substitution. They view their political opponents as evil because we stand in the way of their ‘progressive’ utopia they are trying to achieve,” Barr continued.
Levin, the smarmy host of the Fox News program, regularly calls Democrats and the news media “evil.” The host called countless members of “the left” evil, ranging from liberal billionaire financier George Soros to former FBI Director James Comey.
“That’s what gives intensity to the partisan feelings that people feel today…it’s all down to politics,” Barr added.
Both Levin and Barr agreed that Democratic members of Congress have been “devoured” by political movements such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Barr said he asked Senate Democrats following several violent protests: ‘Can any of you come and say it’s not okay to burn down the courthouses feds?
“I mean, they’re talking about the rule of law, they’re talking about protecting civil rights,” Barr continued. He described all of today’s congressional Democrats as a combination of cowards who only care about getting re-elected and others who are truly revolutionary and want to “burn the system down.”
Newsweek contacted Barr’s office for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.