One of the ways politicians and news media types like to mislead the voters is with false framing. Don’t be confused!
Most often, the values of liberty and equality are presented as opposed to each other, forcing us to decide which is more important, but actually liberty is a form of equality – the most important form.
There are different forms of equality and they cannot always coexist. For example, equality of economic opportunity can lead to inequality in outcome, and equality in economic outcome can only be ensured by taking away equality of opportunity.
Liberty exists when no person has power over another. Power over others is called political power. When no one has any political power, everyone has an equal amount of political power. Liberty only exists when people are equal!
When one has political power, they have the power to ensure equality, but they also have the power to ensure inequality. History has shown the latter more likely than the former. Politicians will tend to use their positions for selfish material gain. This is why liberty is important.
Thus, it happens that politicians will argue against liberty in the name of equality, giving themselves more power, and then misusing it to take away all forms of equality. Don’t be confused!