It was not so long ago that Cliven Bundy was a conservative hero for organizing an armed posse to defend his right to not pay federal grazing fees, but now it seems everyone in the Republican Party and mainstream conservative movement is running the other way.
After claiming African-Americans would be better off in chains, Bundy has lost most of his conservative support, at least publicy. Figures like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have condemned him as Republican politicians are getting cases of severe political amnesia on whether or not they ever supported Bundy’s cause.
Some Republican politicians have decided to stick with their original support of the issue while also condemning Bundy’s racist statements.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) have denounced a series of racist comments Cliven Bundy made to Adam Nagourney, reporter at The New York Times, in a story published Wednesday.
“His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Paul said on Thursday morning in a press release… A spokesman for Heller told the newspaper that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”
Though he does have some defenders and apologists such as Dana Loesch who said the controversy is a result of Bundy not being “media trained.” Presumably with training Bundy would only have thought those things about African-Americans and would have known not to say them or say them more subtly.
If he were media trained perhaps Bundy would have known to stick to the issue – him being allowed to use federal grazing land for free while everyone else paid for 20 years because, freedom.