US Attorney General William Barr has compared arrest warrants issued by US governors to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to slavery.
“A national lockdown, an order to stay at home, is like house arrest. Aside from slavery, which is another form of restraint, it is the greatest violation of civil liberties in American history,” Barr said during a speech at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Dozens of US states issued arrest warrants in early 2020 to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, a disease that has left more than 6.6 million people infected in the North American country and more than 197,000 deaths.
U.S. President Donald Trump has also repeatedly denied bans and has made no secret of his propensity to continue normal life and productive activity since the pandemic began. He later called on the governors to reopen their economies in the spring.