Twitter Reacts to Bill Barr's Resignation Letter: 'Sounds Like Someone Needs a Pardon'

Following the Monday resignation of now-former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Twitter users criticized or joked about Barr leaving the White House. One commenter even suggested that the tone of Barr's resignation letter suggested that he was seeking a pardon from President Donald Trump.

Barr's resignation letter praised Trump for his "many successes and unprecedented achievements" accomplished "in the face of relentless, implacable resistance", including Trump's immigration policies, his appointment of numerous conservative judges and support of a rapid developed COVID-19 vaccine under Operation Warp Speed.

In response, Scott Dworkin, a podcaster and co-founder of The Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump Democratic group in Washington D.C., wrote, "Let's be real. Barr was fired. And then likely forced to sign that weird resignation letter/love letter to Trump."

Rumors of Barr's imminent resignation followed Barr's December 1 statement that evidence didn't support Trump's repeated claims of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election. The rumors intensified following Trump's criticism on Twitter on Saturday that Barr should've done more before the election to highlight the investigations into the business dealings of President-elect Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

Let’s be real. Barr was fired. And then likely forced to sign that weird resignation letter/love letter to Trump.

— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 15, 2020

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich wrote, "Why did Trump announce Barr is stepping down, when all of Trump's shameful cabinet is stepping down in 6 weeks? Because Trump wants to show his vindictiveness is undiminished -- extending even to small displays of loyalty to the Constitution over loyalty to himself."

Why did Trump announce Barr is stepping down, when all of Trump's shameful cabinet is stepping down in 6 weeks? Because Trump wants to show his vindictiveness is undiminished -- extending even to small displays of loyalty to the Constitution over loyalty to himself.

— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 15, 2020

GQ writer Julia Ioffe noted the timing of Trump's announcement of Barr's resignation. "Minutes after the Electoral College certified Biden's win, Trump announced he'd ousted Bill Barr," she wrote. "Much of Biden's victory speech was about Trump, who has toyed with the idea of having an event during Biden's inauguration. Trump just can't stand not being the center of attention."

Minutes after the Electoral College certified Biden’s win, Trump announced he’d ousted Bill Barr. Much of Biden’s victory speech was about Trump, who has toyed with the idea of having an event during Biden’s inauguration. Trump just can’t stand not being the center of attention.

— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) December 15, 2020

Political writer Aaron Rupar commented, "This Bill Barr letter is fawning by Pyongyang standards." Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un is known for imprisoning and executing those who are seen as disloyal to him, according to the international organization Human Rights Watch.

This Bill Barr letter is fawning by Pyongyang standards https://t.co/mM8dW7Z6zC

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2020

Longtime gay political blogger John Aravosis wrote, "Wow, Bill Barr's resignation letter sounds like someone needs a pardon. He actually praised Trump for developing the coronavirus vaccine! He's the Attorney General, that's not his area. But it is a clear effort to pander to Trump."

Wow, Bill Barr’s resignation letter sounds like someone needs a pardon. He actually praised Trump for developing the coronavirus vaccine! He’s the Attorney General, that’s not his area. But it is a clear effort to pander to Trump.

— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️‍🌈 (@aravosis) December 14, 2020
William Barr resignation Twitter reactions
Twitter users have criticized and made jokes about the Monday resignation of U.S. Attorney General William Barr from the Trump Administration. In this May 1, 2019 photo, Barr gestures as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. Barr testified on the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. Win McNamee/Getty

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote, "Reminder: Bill Barr was behind the decision to resume federal executions for the first time in 17 years — during a pandemic. None of these executions had to happen."

Reminder: Bill Barr was behind the decision to resume federal executions for the first time in 17 years — during a pandemic.

None of these executions had to happen.

— ACLU (@ACLU) December 15, 2020

Democratic California Representative Mark DeSaulnier wrote, "Throughout his time as Attorney General, William Barr used his position to act as the President's personal lawyer, misled the American public, & stood by as @POTUS damaged our rule of law. Time to restore independence & integrity to the Justice Department."

Throughout his time as Attorney General, William Barr used his position to act as the President’s personal lawyer, misled the American public, & stood by as @POTUS damaged our rule of law. Time to restore independence & integrity to the Justice Department.https://t.co/5nZhTBQVFq

— Mark DeSaulnier (@RepDeSaulnier) December 15, 2020

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine used his Twitter account to release a four-part statement which said, in part, "AG Barr's resignation tonight should be viewed as a five-alarm fire. It is a warning that the president's actions will only get worse and more dangerous."

Racine then said that individuals who have served under Trump should all speak out against Trump's continued efforts to overturn the election. "Now is the time to tell President Trump, in no uncertain terms, that he must immediately cease and desist from his undemocratic and dangerous conduct," Racine continued.

My statement on AG Barr’s resignation⬇️

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— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) December 15, 2020

Actor Zach Braff wrote, "Well at least everyone hates Barr. We can agree on some things. #ChristmasMiracle."

Well at least everyone hates Barr.
We can agree on some things. #ChristmasMiracle

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 15, 2020

Kim Sherrell, a producer with the creative film studio Intertheory, wrote, that comedian "Patton Oswalt will play the shit out of that smug ol' treason weasel Bill Barr. Please make it happen. #PattonOswaltToPlayBillBarrOnSNL@pattonoswalt", and posted a side-by-side image of Oswalt and Barr making angry faces."

Patton Oswalt will play the shit out of that smug ol’ treason weasel Bill Barr. Please make it happen.#PattonOswaltToPlayBillBarrOnSNL @pattonoswalt https://t.co/yWchr1l3Jj

— 🏝Kim Sherrell (@kim) December 15, 2020