In a remarkable segment on her Wednesday program, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell spent some time wringing her hands over an interview Attorney General William Barr did with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. In that conversation, Barr made it clear that he supports stay-at-home orders and measures made to enforce social distancing throughout the country.
But he also acknowledged that a handful of governors may have gone a step too far with their orders, and he indicated that the Justice Department would be on top of those situations to make sure Americans’ constitutional rights were not being violated.
Mitchell dispensed with any of that nuance, instead presenting her audience with a ridiculously simplified of Barr’s remarks.
“Attorney General William Barr, who is not a medical doctor, is going against even the White House guidelines for gradually lifting stay-at-home rules,” Mitchell said, quite incorrectly. “He’s suggesting that governors who continue lockdowns could be violating the law. The Attorney General’s unusual interpretation of the Constitution included saying that the Justice Department is considering taking legal action against states that he says are going too far with their stay-at-home orders.”
Mitchell then played an out-of-context quote from Barr in which the attorney general said, “These are unprecedented burdens on civil liberties right now. You know, the idea that you have to stay in your house is disturbingly close to house arrest. We’re looking carefully at a number of these rules being put into place. And if we think one goes too far, we initially try to jawbone the governors into rolling them back or adjusting them, and if they’re not and people bring lawsuits, we file statement of interest and side with the plaintiffs.”
This is a far cry from saying the DOJ would storm the states and cities and put governors in prison for locking down their local businesses. But nonetheless, Mitchell took great offense to the idea that the Justice Department might support lawsuits against draconian state orders.
“I mean, the messaging from the White House, Dr. Birx yesterday and now this today, even more aggressively from the Attorney General, is such a signal to the protesters and to the others, the governors themselves, who are violating the White House guidelines of wait until there is at least two weeks of declining cases before you start lifting restrictions,” Mitchell whined.
Of course, this is all just an extension of how much hate the media has for these protestors, most of whom are simply average people who are watching their savings account dwindle in the face of the economic shutdown. Somehow, this exact same media was all ABOUT the Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, and the #Resistance marches that rejected President Trump.
Apparently the exercise of constitutional rights is only acceptable when the targets are Republicans.
But then, you already knew that.