Right-Wing Hero Cliven Bundy Says “Negros” May Be “Better Off As Slaves”
Update: Confronted with backlash, Cliven Bundy defended his statements, saying he was “just wondering” if blacks would be better off with slavery.
Someone who is backing down is Fox’s Sean Hannity. The anchor went so far as to go toe-to-toe with Jon Stewart on Bundy’s behalf and continued this afternoon to say that the government went to far. But with relation to Bundy’s racist remarks, Hannity said, “His comments are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.” He says he will still cover “government overreach.”
In recent weeks, right-wing, conservative, states’ rights supporters have had a new hero to rally around. Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher, along with his family and armed supporters have engaged in a standoff with the federal government over $1 million he owes for allowing his cattle to graze on land the government owns. To those that stand with him, he’s a freedom fighter, pushing back against an encroaching government that’s overstepping its legal boundaries.
Well, it looks like Bundy cares about freedom and rights except when it comes to the “Negro.”
The government, which at one point had taken his cattle, has backed off. (It looks like the issue will now be handled “administratively and judcially.”) Celebrating his seeming victory, Bundy is still convening in the desert to speak out against all the things he thinks are wrong with the US. Talking to The New York Times, the paper reports:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “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.”
Until these remarks were made public, Bundy even had the backing of members of Congress including Sen. Rand Paul (Libertarian- Ky) who is likely running for President and Nevada’s Republican Sen. Dean Heller. Now, the GOP can’t run away from him fast enough.