Attorney General Bill Barr was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer. Why he went on CNN is anyone’s guess. Perhaps the White House is working on the assumption that the CNN audience is persuadable. Regardless, for the sake of the one or two votes involved, I would have done nothing at all that might improve CNN’s ratings. Be that as it may, the interview was wide ranging. Blitzer was somewhat knowledgeable beyond Democrat talking points (so he wasn’t Chris Cuomo) and he wasn’t a drooling imbecile and didn’t grab Barr’s crotch (so he wasn’t Don Lemon).
Here are some of the highlights.
Here the the creepy Aaron Rupar being his usual stupid self:
AG Bill Barr tells Wolf Blitzer that he thinks the Jacob Blake shooting might’ve been justified because Blake was “armed” — then sticks with his analysis even after Blitzer points out that he was not in fact armed pic.twitter.com/FpBy3qMrYO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 2, 2020
Barr does a very good job of separating the Floyd and Blake cases. The more I read of the Floyd case, the more I’m convinced that at most one or more officers were negligent in not calling for an ambulance soon enough. Even so. Floyd was in the midst of death by overdose when arrested. The blake case is different and despite the web of lies woven by the Blake family lawyer, the evidence says Blake had a knife when shot. The police recovered a knife in a car that was not Blakes, but which he was attempting to take. The witness who shot the video said that he heard police yell, “Drop the knife.” The fact that Blitzer can’t bother to get familiar with the case beyond Blake’s attorney’s press release is quintessentially CNN.
He also has a newsworthy summary
AG Bill Barr:
"I think the narrative that the police are on some epidemic of shooting unarmed Black men is simply a false narrative, and also the narrative that that's based on race… It's very rare for an unarmed African American to be shot by a white police officer." pic.twitter.com/8RhR7Gu7lr
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 2, 2020
This next clip is Barr shutting down Blitzer when Bliktzer claims there are no problems with mail-in ballots
Bill Barr is absolutely correct.
Now please DO SOMETHING about it. pic.twitter.com/qBGU1vgaAU
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) September 2, 2020
Barr warns that a widespread use of mail-in ballots (not to be confused with absentee ballots) will cause the results of the election to not be accepted. This is something I think the Democrats are counting on.
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) September 2, 2020
And he talked a bit about the phantasm of election interference:
AG Bill Barr just said that China is the country that is most aggressively trying to interfere in the 2020 election.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Barr who China wanted to win, Barr declined to answer the question.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, has: "China would prefer Joe Biden" pic.twitter.com/f3zTn0IWAL
— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) September 2, 2020
At a couple of points, I was reminded of what my daughter told me as she prepared for a high school debate, “Dad, they can study the facts all they want but they can never prepare for the bullsh** I’m going to throw at them.” That was the position that Barr found himself in on a few occasions when Wolf Blitzer just made up stuff or argued by making assertions. On the whole, a solid and forceful performance.