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‘I Don’t Want to Die Because of Selfish Christians’: Twitter Slams Barr’s Push to Take Legal Action Against Lockdown Orders

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This Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr issued a memorandum titled, “Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights,” where he directed the Justice Department to take legal action against coronavirus lockdown rules it deems to be “an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections.”

“As the Department of Justice explained recently in guidance to states and localities taking steps to battle the pandemic, even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers,” Barr wrote. “The Constitution also forbids, in certain circumstances, discrimination against disfavored speech and undue interference with the national economy.”

But according to some of his critics on Twitter, Barr is the last person who should be talking about the Constitution and civil rights.

 

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“Happy ‘Russia if You’re Listening’ Day!”: Internet Marks 4 Years Since Trump Invited Foreign Interference Into Election

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Four years ago today a visibly younger and sharper candidate Donald Trump held a press conference and uttered these now-infamous words: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

That would be his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Looking back, having spent countless hours since, watching and listening to President Donald Trump, it certainly seems like his calling out to Russia was pre-planned and pre-scripted.

Just hours later, Russia would hack into Clinton’s servers.

Many continue to believe Trump colluded with President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation to take the White House.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller made clear Trump’s “no collusion” claim was false.

“We did not address ‘collusion,’ which is not a legal term. Rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy. It was not.”

Emphasis on the word “charge.”

Here’s that now-historic and jaw-dropping moment when a candidate for president asked a foreign nation for assistance in getting elected:

And here’s how some on social media are responding to the 4-year anniversary:

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Terrified Trump Tries to Attack Biden With Massive Rapid-Fire Twitter Tantrum

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President Donald Trump’s supposed “new tone,” despite what some reporters claimed after his newly-resuscitated coronavirus press briefing, does not exist. On Thursday the embattled president launched a massive rapid-fire retweeting campaign, posting tweet after tweet after tweet of other people’s attacks on the left and on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

In 59 minutes Trump tweeted or retweeted 40 times, many of all the tweets baseless attacks on Biden and progressive policies.

What stands out is the President, supported by the entire machinery of the United States of America’s federal government, and buoyed by hundreds of millions in campaign cash, had no original thoughts of his own to share with the American voters.

The real Trump, if there is one, lives on Twitter.

He’s not reinforcing this supposed presidential “new tone,” because it does not exist.

He’s not advocating for masks, because he does not believe in them.

He’s barely even talking about the coronavirus pandemic, because he does not care.

Here’s a small sampling of Trump’s tweets from today, exposing what he really cares about, and thinks will hurt Biden.

The gun-brandishing St. Louis lawyers:

“Cancel culture,” aka not wanting to be held accountable:

Attacking Portland mothers who are standing up to protect people protesting about police violence:

Attacking an entire religion:

But no matter what, not this one:

Defending his secret paramilitary police force occupying Portland, and claiming this is not “paramilitary.”

Trump is literally campaigning on the backs of his base – but has no plan, no thoughts of his own.

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Harvard Law Professor: ‘Unconstitutional and Unlawful’ for Trump’s Secret Police Force to Police the Streets

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A noted Harvard Law professor says what President Donald Trump’s secret police force is doing in Portland may be “unconstitutional and unlawful.”

Trump’s paramilitary, camouflaged, masked, non-insigniaed, non-name-tagged, highly-weaponized SWAT teams operate at the direction of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf.

Professor Noah Feldman, who is also a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, asks, “Can Trump Send Federal Agents into Oregon? Not to Police Streets.”

He writes that “it is unconstitutional and unlawful for DHS officers to enforce non-federal law unless they are deputized by state or local officials — not the president — to do so. And Portland officials, far from making the DHS officers into deputies, have instead publicly expressed their outrage at the officers’ presence and demanded their removal.”

What is clear is the federal government has the legal authority and responsibility to enforce federal law and protect federal property.

But that does not extend to non-federal lands and assets.

If a protestor spray paints graffiti on a federal courthouse (apparently a crime so grievous DHS chief Wolf has to send in the feds, literally, to occupy Portland,) federal law enforcement agents can arrest the alleged perpetrator.

If a protestor spray paints graffiti on a state courthouse, federal law enforcement agents cannot arrest the alleged perpetrator unless they have also committed federal crimes.

Read Feldman’s entire piece here.

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