I was concerned early in the Barr Hearing that Democrats seemed disjointed and unprepared. Rep. Cicilline proved my concern was unnecessary.
Rep. Cicilline grills AG Bill Barr
After Cicilline wa done grilling the Barr, he ended with a scolding that the Attorney General is sure to remember.
We fought for a democracy for the right to speak freely and you are attempting to take that away. And what’s worse you’re doing it for the sole purpose of furthering the president’s political agenda and generating footage for Trump campaign commercials. The Justice Department is responsible for protecting the constitutional rights of Americans not to serve as the president’s personal bully or political director.
And speaking of protesters, it’s worth remembering every suffragette, every person who marched to end child labor, every abolitionist who demanded an end to slavery was a protester. The revolutionaries who transformed us from colonists into a nation were protesters. Protesters aren’t chaos, they’re deeply American examples of values. A desire for this country to be at its best self, their righteous, sometime they’re necessary.
One of America’s most beloved and effective protesters, John Lewis, lies in state a thousand feet from here in a deserved place of honor and sir your failure to respect the role of peaceful protest in this country is a disgrace, it’s un-American and it’s important to remember what these protests are about — black lives matter, abuse at the hands of police by black Americans and I want to let you see now a video that fairly represents peaceful protests that is happening all across America that you conveniently omitted from your testimony and your statement.
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