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the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Attorney General William Barr on Sunday voiced scathing criticism of the Democratic Party, claiming the left is trying to tear down U.S. institutions in a pursuit for “total victory.” The Attorney General said the protesters’ tactics were “fascistic” for all to see and that their behavior amounted to a “revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism communism.”
Barr’s comments came in an expansive one-hour interview with Fox News host Mark Levin covered subjects including Barr’s recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the Black Lives Matter protests and the expansion of mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Asked about the recent hearing, Barr said that Democrats’ accusations against him were a reflection of how partisan politics have become in recent decades. He zeroed in on Democrats, alleging that the party has “withdrawn and pulled away from the umbrella of classical liberal values that have undergirded our society since our founding.”
“I think the left has essentially withdrawn from this model, and really represents a Rousseauian revolutionary party that believes in tearing down the system,” he said. “They’re interested in complete political victory, they’re not interested in compromise, they’re not interested in dialectic exchange of views.” The attorney general added that Democrats’ push for victory is their “substitute for a religion.”
During the interview, Barr also weighed in on the Black Lives Matter protests that swept the nation following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd. He claimed that a “turn of events” caused the police to be unfairly “demonized” and that it would potentially lead to fewer officers in certain cities.
“The fact is, generally speaking, we have superb police in this country,” he said. “There will be some instances of excessive force, but by and large, it’s an excellent police force. And if they’re going to be demonized like this, they’re not going to work in these cities.”