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Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Condemned for Racist Remarks

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A Nevada rancher at the center of a national feud with the federal government over cattle grazing is facing sharp criticism for racist comments he made that were published in a New York Times article.
 
Cliven Bundy was quoted in the Times story making disparaging remarks about blacks and asking whether they were better off as slaves.
 
The article published Wednesday says Bundy's comments came during a long speech at a sparsely attended news conference Saturday.
 
Politicians including Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller issued statements condemning the remarks.
 
Heller last week called Bundy defenders "patriots" for their stand against the government.
 
Bundy has become a conservative folk hero for resisting attempts by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to round up hundreds of his cattle the agency says are trespassing on public land. (AP)

Senator Reid released the following statement today on racist comments by Cliven Bundy reported by the New York Times.

"I used to live in North Las Vegas and it is home to some of the hardest-working people I have ever met - men and women who embody the American dream by working hard every day to build a better life for themselves and their families. By contrast, Cliven Bundy has spent decades profiting off government land while refusing to pay the same fair use fees as his fellow ranchers. Today, Bundy revealed himself to be a hateful racist. 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.

“To advance his extreme, hateful views, Bundy has endangered the lives of innocent women and children. This is not a game. It is the height of irresponsibility for any individual or entity in a position of power or influence to glorify or romanticize such a dangerous individual, and anyone who has done so should come to their senses and immediately condemn Bundy. For their part, national Republican leaders could help show a united front against this kind of hateful, dangerous extremism by publicly condemning Bundy.

“The bottom line is that elected officials and those in positions of power or influence have a responsibility to unite behind the basic principle that we are a country of laws, and that whatever our differences, it is unacceptable for individuals to use violence or the threat of violence to advance their radical views.”

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement in response to Cliven Bundy’s recent comments:
 
“Cliven Bundy's remarks are truly hateful. His despicable comments about 'the Negro' belong in the dustbin of history. He is not a man who represents the American West's way of life or the dignity of our hard-working Nevada ranchers. In reality, he is a lawbreaker who has been elevated to national folk hero by a conservative media that will jump at any opportunity to mold an anti-government zealot into a righteous crusader.
 
"I will continue to work with local stakeholders to discuss potential solutions to the problems that arose as a result of the clash between Cliven Bundy and the BLM. Today, I am traveling to Mesquite to meet with local officials to discuss how to move forward. Nevada's 4th congressional district is 52,000 square miles; it spans from the city of North Las Vegas to the ranches in Bunkerville and beyond. This district is a microcosm of our diverse country, and it is important to me to represent the broad range of voices of this new American community. It is beyond unfortunate, however, that from this diverse community a loud voice of intolerance has been given a megaphone. Those who loudly championed Cliven Bundy have an obligation to denounce him. Otherwise, they own his comments as well.”


Today, the office of U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) has provided this statement regarding comments made by Cliven Bundy, as reported by the New York Times.

"Senator Heller completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way,” said Heller spokesperson Chandler Smith.
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