Attorney General William Barr’s criticism of today’s “threats” to the constitution, including the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, has been controversial because of the interpretation, said Minister of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, Thursday night.
Carson made the comment on Fox News’ “The Martha MacCallum Story”.
In Michigan on Wednesday, Barr publicly suggested that coronavirus lockdowns were the “greatest encroachment on civil liberties” since slavery and that the Black Lives Matter movement was using black Americans as “props.”
Carson defended Barr.
“I know how much he cares about people and black people in particular,”
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Carson argued that Americans did not see the “big picture” of the effects of the pandemic and that guidelines for living through the pandemic were applied inconsistently.
“If we continue to paralyze the economy and people’s ability to make a living, we will create a situation that is extremely difficult to correct,” said Carson. “And sometimes you almost get the impression that there are some people who are interested in it. I hope not.”
Regarding the attorney general’s comments on Black Lives Matter, Carson said he agrees with the sentiment Barr has expressed and encouraged the public to investigate what the movement is really advocating.
“It’s not really about those little children caught in the crossfire in neighborhood shootings,” he said. “It’s not about what’s going on in Chicago every weekend. So I understand exactly what the Attorney General is saying. But nowadays people take it all – they try to inflame the situation and it plays with people’s emotions. “
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“This is such an important time in our lives,” he added. “We really have to be able to deal with facts. Let’s not deal with emotions churned out by people on TV just working for a paycheck. “