Republicans have just been dealt another mile to climb in their uphill battle to prove that their party doesn’t directly identify with racism, after a Nevada man famous for battling the government in his area was videotaped saying some pretty dispablce remarks about African-Americans and Mexicans.
In a video posted yesterday, April 24, Cliven Bundy was seemingly warped back into the early 1900’s as he went on an aimless diatribe about “the Negro never learning how to pick cotton” and “Mexicans coming over ‘here’ while being against the Constitution.”
Via The Grio:
A Nevada rancher who has become a conservative folk hero for resisting the federal government’s attempts to round up his cattle faced sharp criticism Thursday for racist comments published in a New York Times article.
Politicians from around the country who have rallied to Cliven Bundy’s defense in recent weeks denounced the comments and distanced themselves from the rancher.
“His remarks on race are offensive, and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” said Sen. Rand Paul, once a vocal supporter of Bundy who is considering a run for president.
Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who last week called Bundy defenders “patriots” for their stand against the government, “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way,” said his spokeswoman, Chandler Smith.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last week called Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists,” also spoke out against Bundy’s words.
“Today, Bundy revealed himself to be a hateful racist,” Reid said. “But by denigrating people who work hard and play by the rules while he mooches off public land, he also revealed himself to be a hypocrite.”
It’s bad when even “your own people” go against everything you stand for, eh Mr. Bundy?
Watch the video below to see the struggle for yourself.