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In a wide-ranging and in-person interview on Wednesday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Attorney General William Barr turned the set of The Situation Room into a classroom to school the network on everything from accusations of systemic racism in the justice system, to Antifa’s cross-country violence, and how people were “playing with fire” in the form of mail-in-ballots.
After shooting down Blitzer’s accusations about him just being a lapdog for President Trump, Barr was pressed from the left with allegations that the justice system was racist. Blitzer was actually confused when Barr point out the fact the Blake and Floyd cases were two very different incidents and tried to argue Blake wasn’t armed:
A.G. WILLIAM BARR: Well, I'm not going to talk about the Blake case.
BLITZER: Why not?
BARR: Because it's different than the Floyd case.
BLITZER: What’s different?
BARR: Floyd was already subdued, incapacitated, in handcuffs, and was not armed. In the Jacob case, he was in the midst of committing a felony and he was armed. So, that’s a big difference.
BLITZER: His family says he wasn't armed. There may have been a knife in the car, but he wasn't armed when he was shot. That's what his family and his lawyer said.
BARR: I stated what I believe is to be the difference. And that’s I don't want to talk about him as if they're interchangeable. Okay?
The attorney General then moved on to refuting the idea that the justice system was inherently racist, whereas Blitzer insisted there were two different systems with different rules; one for whites and one for blacks.
“No. I don't think there are two justice systems,” Barr refuted, pointing to how rare it was for a white officer to shoot a black man. “The fact of the matter is, it’s very rare for an unarmed African-American to be shot by a white police officer. There were ten cases last year, six of them the suspect was attacking the police officer physically. So, these are rare things compared to the 7 to 8,000 young black men who are killed every year.”