Attorney General Bill Barr pulled no punches in an appearance with Conservative commentator Mark Levin on Sunday, blasting radical activists for dragging the nation further left than ever before.
Barr told Levin that since his first stint as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration, politics have becoming drastically more polarized.
“You could have friends across the aisle,” Barr said. “You know, politics was part of your life, but it wasn’t all-consuming. It wasn’t everything. You could, you know, have communications and so forth with others. But it’s now become all-consuming for many people.”
Barr speculated that the change has come because the left now “really represents a Rousseauian Revolutionary Party that believes in tearing down the system,[and] that what’s wrong about America today all has to do with the institutions we have and we have to tear them down.”
“They’re not interested in [a] dialectic exchange of view,” he continued. “They’re interested in total victory … It’s a substitute for religion.”
Barr also blasted establishment Democrats for allowing leftists to control the conversation, using his recent hearing before the House Judiciary Committee as an example:
I said during my hearing: ‘Can any of you just come out and say it’s not OK to burn down federal courthouses?’ I mean, they talk about the rule of law. They talk about the importance of the federal legal system to protection of civil rights. Well, the heart of that is our court system. And they’re not willing, not one of them piped up to say, ‘No, it’s not OK to be burning down federal courts.’
Barr theorized that few Democrat lawmakers are actually “true believers” that actually “believe in tearing down the system.”
“But many of them are just cowards and are afraid from, you know, about a challenge from the left,” he explained. “So for them, it’s careerism.”