Fox News’ Chris Wallace Tears Down Barr’s Coronavirus Lockdown Comments: ‘It’s Talk On a Talk Radio Show’
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace claimed it was unlikely that Attorney General William Barr would take action against states over their coronavirus measures, Friday, suggesting it would go against the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.
Barr had called state coronavirus measures “unprecedented burdens on civil liberties right now,” opining, “You know, the idea that you have to stay in your house is disturbingly close to house arrest… I’m not saying it wasn’t justified. I’m not saying in some places it might still be justified. But it’s very onerous, as is shutting down your livelihood.”
After Fox News host Sandra Smith asked Wallace about Barr’s comments and of the attorney general potentially investigating whether coronavirus measures have been “infringing” on constitutional rights, Wallace replied, “I think it’s not going to happen.”
“I think it’s talk on a talk radio show, and I wonder about the Attorney General engaging in that kind of talk,” Wallace continued, adding, “It’s legally suspect, because if you look at when the president talk about ‘I have total authority to reopen the states,’ a lot of constitutional scholars on both the left and right noted that under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, the states have all the powers that are not specifically given to the federal government. This is not one that’s given to the federal government and states have police powers. They close things down for public safety all the time, so there’s a real legal issue there.”
“There’s also a health issue, because you look at what the president’s own guidelines say and they talk about a very specific, very gradual approach to reopening. That’s why Governor Kemp in Georgia has run afowl. The idea that the Attorney General of the United States is going to get involved with a lawsuit in an individual state that perhaps goes against the president’s guidelines and goes against the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution? I don’t see that happening.”
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