Wash Examiner’s Low: Barr Didn’t Send Authorities To Arrest Anti-Lockdown Protesters Because They Were Peaceful

Written by Martin Walsh

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion

Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and it was nothing more than Democrats turning the entire ordeal into a circus.

But Barr remained calm and poised for most of the hearing and did his best to answer questions — when Democrats would actually let him.

One of the most notable exchanges came when Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal yelled at Barr and demanded to know why authorities weren’t sent in to arrest anti-lockdown protesters when the DOJ sent federal officials to places like Portland, Oregon.

A new opinion piece states the obvious answer to Jayapal’s question: leftists were rioting, destroying property, and damaging the community in Portland.

In places like Michigan, the anti-lockdown protesters were nothing short of peaceful.

Washington Examiner’s Tiana Low wrote:

Some three hours into the complete clown show of a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal wasn’t just on the verge of losing her temper, as she said. Instead, she had a full-scale meltdown, shrieking at Attorney General William Barr that his deployment of federal authorities wasn’t just motivated to reelect President Trump but indicative of racism, or something.

“After President Trump tweeted ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN’ to subvert stay-home orders to protect public health of people in Michigan, protesters swarmed the Michigan capital carrying guns, some with swastikas, Confederate flags, and one even with a dark-haired doll with a noose around its neck,” the Washington congresswoman said. “You seem to be engaging in protests in certain parts of the country — you’re very aware of those — but when protesters with guns and swastikas and Confederate flags — EXCUSE ME, MR. BARR. THIS IS MY TIME, AND I CONTROL IT — you are aware of certain kinds of protesters, but in Michigan, when protesters carried guns and Confederate flags and swastikas and call for the governor of Michigan to be beheaded and shot and lynched, somehow, you’re not aware of that. Somehow, you didn’t know about that, so you didn’t send federal agents in to do to the president’s supporters what you did to the president’s protesters.”

And then, in more explicitly racial terms, Jayapal claimed that Barr didn’t send authorities after “white men” as a part of “the president’s personal agenda.”

Based on Jayapal’s characterization, you would think that the anti-lockdown protesters were rebelling against a black governor and burning down the capital. But not only is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer whiter than skim milk, the protesters were all completely peaceful and, when one tiny scuffle broke out between a handful of protesters, Michigan state police immediately broke up the fight. The protesters seemingly didn’t violate the rules of the Michigan Statehouse, which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The whole protest was over before noon. This is the most heated the protest ever got:

The authorities were only sent into cities across the country after weeks of local police force proving either feckless or unwilling to suppress rioters from looting private businesses, destroying federal property, and lighting people, places, and things on fire. Nobody has a problem with gun-toting protesters who aren’t committing any violence or breaking any laws. The issue only arises when lawlessness reigns for weeks without law enforcement able to stop it.

For reference, this is what Portland looks like now:

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Jayapal’s straw man was absurd, and surely, she knows it. But that’s what to expect at a hearing designed to deem Barr the bad guy for stopping cities from burning to the ground.

Aside from that, Barr’s hearing provided several fireworks and fiery exchanges.

Below are a few examples: