Jayapal called Barr for his response to the Black Lives Matter protests, accusing him of taking an “aggressive” approach to silence peaceful protestors — but he did not take the same action when white supremacists “swarmed” the Michigan Capitol building carrying assault weapons.
“The point I’m trying to make here … is that there is a real discrepancy in how you react as the attorney general — the top cop in this country — when white men with swastikas storm a government building with guns, there is no need for the president to ‘activate’ you because they’re getting the president’s personal agenda done,” the congresswoman said.
On June 1, police officers in Lafayette Square sprayed protesters with chemical irritants and threw flash bangs to disperse the crowd at the direction of Doland Trump, who was headed to St. John’s Church for a photo-op.
Jayapal continued, “When Black people and people of color protest police brutality, systemic racism, and the president’s very own lack of response to those critical issues, then you forcibly remove them with armed federal officers [and] pepper bombs, because they are considered terrorists by the president.”
As expected, Barr bobbed and weaved through the grilling, but Jayapal kept her focus.