Barr’s DOJ comes down on California over potential First Amendment violations

Attorney General Bill Barr is calling for an end to Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s disgusting and unconstitutional hypocrisy.

In a court filing, Barr’s Justice Department blasted California for allowing Black Lives Matter protesters to gather en masse while denying other protesters their right to assemble, the Washington Examiner‘s Nicole Russell reported Tuesday.

Attacking liberal hypocrisy

Back in April, California residents Ron Givens and Christine Bish filed a complaint after they were denied permits to protest a delay in carrying out background checks for guns purchases, and an end to coronavirus restrictions on the economy, respectively, Law & Crime reported.

California has since relaxed its coronavirus restrictions to allow gatherings of up to 100 people, or 25% of an area’s occupancy, whichever is lower.

In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) called for the case to be remanded, citing the number of anticipated protesters and the likelihood that “plaintiffs may have claims with respect to the revised provision.”

But the DOJ also observed that the court “must consider whether the new guidelines are being enforced in a viewpoint-neutral way,” pointing to the massive protests that have erupted in California — and across the country — with virtually no resistance from public officials.

“California’s political leaders have expressed support for such peaceful protests and, from all appearances, have not required them to adhere to the now operative 100-person limit,” the brief read, according to the Examiner. “Going forward, it could raise First Amendment concerns if California were to hold other protests, such as those proposed by plaintiffs here, to a different standard.”

Standing up for the rule of law

The brief is part of an April order from Barr calling on the DOJ to look out for infringements of civil liberties relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Now more than ever, Americans are exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully protest, and this fundamental right must be upheld even during times of national emergency,” Matthew Schneider, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, who is part of that initiative, said at the time.

Such support is welcome, as many Americans continue to be subjected to onerous restrictions even as their leaders ignore — or even encourage — large protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd late last month.

The nation’s public health experts have also baldly endorsed this hypocrisy: a group of 1,200 doctors signed a letter denouncing lockdown protests as rooted in “white nationalism” while declaring Black Lives Matter demonstrations a public health imperative, The Washington Times reported.

Americans have had enough of arbitrary rule. Finally, someone is standing up for the rule of law.

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