Reclaiming his time: It turns out AG Barr had a lot to say to Mark Levin

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Attorney General William Barr offered an honest, straight forward assessment of all that is happening in America today in an interview Sunday with Fox News host Mark Levin.

Speaking of the left’s “lust for power,” Barr said they’ve been trying to drive President Donald Trump out of office from day one.

“They were trying to impeach him from day one,” he said on Life, Liberty & Levin. “They have done everything they can, they have shredded the norms of our system to do what they can to drive him from office or to debilitate his administration.”

“I think it’s because of the desire for power that the left wants power because that is essentially their state of grace and their secular religion,” Barr added, with a chuckle. “They want to run people’s lives so they can design utopia for all of us. That’s what turns them on. It’s the lust for power and they weren’t expecting Trump’s victory and it outrages them.”

The attorney general said he was shocked at the brazen attacks on police officers by Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists, and by local politicians running interference for them.

He spoke about how difficult policing is in America today and the challenge to attract the best people. Barr also shared that there are over 600,000 cops in the U.S., saying “there’ll be some instances of excessive force but, by and large, it’s an excellent police force.”

Turning the focus to Antifa, Levin shared a Gatestone Institute assessment of the violent group and its communist leanings.

In pointing out that they would look to bring down any administration, Barr stated matter-of-factly, “They are a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism. They’re essentially Bolsheviks.”

Levin noted how well organized Antifa is and how they get a lot of funding online, to ask if the federal government is working to better understand who they are and how to counter their efforts.

“It’s a new form of urban guerrilla warfare,” Barr said. “Mao Tse-tung used to speak about the guerrilla being like fish, swimming in the oceans the way the gorilla moves through the people — the guerrilla hides out among the people… and what they do is they’re essentially shielding themselves or shrouding themselves in First Amendment activity. ”

“They go into the demonstrations which are exercising First Amendment activity and they insinuate themselves in there to shield themselves, that’s where they swim, and what they do is they hijack these demonstrations and they provoke violence, and they have various peers of people from the top provocateurs down through people who are their minions and sort of run the violent missions,” he continued.

As for responding, Barr admitted that it’s “a difficult phenomenon to deal with,” as he acknowledged the media’s role in running cover for the group.

“They are highly organized at these demonstrations and these tactics they use and the media response — of course the media doesn’t take footage of what’s happening. They don’t take the footage of the rocks being thrown.”

In a clip shared by RNC  spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington, Barr commented on last week’s hearing before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee, saying he caught on quick to their tactic of not letting him speak.

He talked about how there has been a fundamental change in politics in the past 30 years, saying the left wing “has really withdrawn and pulled away from the umbrella of classic liberal values that have under-girded our society since its founding.”

The attorney general said the left — see Democrats — have become the “Rousseauian Revolutionary Party that believes in tearing down the system.”

“They’re interested in complete political victory,” Barr said. “They are not interested in compromise. They are not interested in dialectic exchange of views. They’re interested in total victory. It’s a secular religion — it’s a substitute for religion. They view political opponents as evil because we stand in the way of the utopia they’re trying to reach. That’s what gives the intensity to the partisan feelings that people feel today.”

Levin pointed to Democrats refusing to condemn the violence seen in the streets as a possible example of the Rousseauian characterization.

“I said during my hearing, can any of you just come out and say it’s not OK to burn down federal courthouses?” Barr said “…Not one of them piped up to say it’s not okay to burn down federal courthouses. Why? Some of them are true believers, some of them are essentially revolutionary in their outlooks, they believe in tearing down the system, but many of them are just cowards who are mostly interested in just getting reelected.”

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