It was revealed on Sunday that Attorney General +-broke down in tears while discussing political violence during a “60 Minutes” interview.
Garland had problems speaking; he was so choked up. He said that people can debate with each other as much as they want and as forcefully as they want, but they should never use violence, or threats of violence, to affect the decision.
The Attorney General said that U.S. residents are responsible for watching out for one another. They must ensure they treat each other with respect and courtesy, are open to hearing different points of view, and can argue passionately without resorting to physical or verbal aggression.
Garland continued to cry as he talked of relatives who had to flee Europe because of religious persecution. When Garland finished telling the story, he said tearfully, “When they got to the United States, the United States protected them.”
The U.S., Garland said, guaranteed that they could follow their faith and do everything they expected to be possible in a democratic society. He said that’s just one example of how the United States differs from others throughout the world, and it’s his responsibility to ensure that our uniqueness endures and that we all watch out for one another.
Afterward, Garland told CBS news anchor Scott Pelley that losing two family members during the Holocaust had motivated him to devote his life to “the rule of law” and “public service.”
Conservatives claim that Attorney General Garland will politicize the Justice Department. Victoria Spartz, a representative from Indiana, has said that the Department of Justice’s handling of the Garland nomination has made the American people “really scared” of their government. She cites the targeting of Catholics and the department’s handling of the Hunter Biden probe as examples.