Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who became a Fox News hero after he refused to pay the federal government for grazing his cattle on federal lands, knows a thing or two about the Negro – and he’s definitely not afraid to say it.
Sean Hannity and the Fox News crew began their love affair with the 67-year-old rancher after a standoff broke out between Cliven Bundy and federal rangers. Bundy had been grazing his cattle on federal lands for two decades without paying the proper fees like all the thousands of other Nevada ranchers do. But Bundy had a good reason not to pay the feds – he doesn’t believe in the United States federal government.
“I’ll be damned if this is the property of the United States. They have no business here,” he said.
Well that settles that! Spoken like a true Fox News patriot! Except the feds weren’t buying it. As armed federal rangers tried to force him off his land, militiamen and conservative pundits rallied by the side, winning the standoff and making him the darling of Fox News. In a two-week stretch this month, Fox News devoted four hours and 40 minutes to Cliven Bundy’s heroic story during late afternoon and evening broadcasts.
But then he kept talking…
In an interview with The New York Times earlier this week, Bundy got to telling people about his views on race relations. Spoiler alert: they aren’t very progressive.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he began, going on to complain about how he thinks they just sit on their porches all day.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.”
“And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
And all of a sudden Republicans felt the urge to distance themselves from the cattle rancher…
Fox News host Sean Hannity, who led the charge in promoting Bundy’s cause, said Thursday that Bundy’s racist remarks are “beyond repugnant” and “beyond despicable.” And Rand Paul, who had previously expressed support for Bundy, said in a statement, “His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”
Meanwhile Cliven Bundy is standing by his statement, saying he’s not a racist but only somebody who spoke his mind, perhaps using politically incorrect language. Perhaps?
When asked to elaborate on his comments, Bundy said he “didn’t really mean it to compare (African-Americans’ current plight) with slavery. I meant to compare it with maybe life on the farm or life in the South, where they had some chickens and the gardens, and they had something to do.”
“They’re not slaves no more. They seem to be slaves to the welfare system.”
Well that sounds much better… Just give them some chickens so they have something to do other than mooch off the welfare system – says the man whose cattle have been illegally feeding off public lands for two decades.
And as further proof that Cliven Bundy isn’t racist and his comments were taken out of context, the rancher claimed he personally knew a black man.
“He’s been in and out of my home,” Bundy said. “I think he feels welcome as anybody else.”
Well, not anymore…