Welfare Rancher Cliven Bundy Blames MLK For Why People Think He’s Racist

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy appeared on CNN’s New Day on Friday morning to discuss the racist comments he made recently that caused a huge stir earlier this week. The lawless Bundy, who does not recognize the existence of the United States government, attempted to defend his comments where he said “the Negro people” might be “better off as slaves, picking cotton.” As you might expect, the welfare rancher gave an incoherent, rambling interview where he ended up digging himself into a deeper hole.

New Day host Chris Cuomo peppered Bundy with questions over his recent comments as well as his anti-government stance. Bundy was in a far different element than the fawning coverage he had previously received from Fox News, and sepcifically Sean Hannity, the previous few weeks. Now that the network, and the rest of conservative media, has completely abandoned him, his appearances are now limited to less ideologically based media outlets. And, quite frankly, that is bad news for a mush-mouthed racist with limited intelligence like Mr. Bundy.

The interview became heated pretty much right away, as Bundy tried to hold a dead calf in his arms and blame the United States government for its death. Cuomo told him not to do that and then they got into a debate regarding the US government’s right to own property. Cuomo pretty much schooled Bundy on the US Constitution, telling him to actually read it rather than just carrying it around in his pocket.

After that little back and forth, Cuomo segued into Bundy’s recent offensive comments and asked him point blank if he is a racist. The response from Bundy was perhaps even worse than the comments that got him into trouble.

Below is video from that part of the interview:

 

 

Transcript:

CUOMO: I understand the government was very aggressive with you and many people think it was wrong. I understand that people are upset with the government. The question is what is our reaction? Your reaction was to say that you wonder if Negroes weren’t better off as slaves. Now, are you a racist?

BUNDY: No, I’m not a racist. But I did wonder that. Let me tell you something. I thought about this, this morning quite a bit.

CUOMO: Please.

BUNDY: And thought about what Reverend Martin Luther King said. I thought about Rosa Park taking her seat at the front of the bus. Reverend Martin Luther King did not want her to take her seat in the front of the bus. That wasn’t what he was talking about. He did not say go to the front of the bus and that’s where your seat was.

What Reverend King wanted was that she could sit anywhere in the bus and nobody would say anything about it. You and I can sit anywhere in the bus. That’s what he wanted. That’s what I want. I want her to be able to sit anywhere in the bus and I want to be able to sit by her any where in that bus. That’s what he wanted.

He didn’t want this prejudice thing like the media tried to put on me yesterday. I’m not going to put up with that because that’s not what he wanted. That’s not what I want. I want to set by her any where in that bus and I want anybody to be able to do the same thing. That’s what he was after is not a prejudice thing, but make us equal.

CUOMO: Mr. Bundy, nobody —

BUNDY: You understand what I’m saying?

CUOMO: You know what — I kind of do. I’m not sure that I understand it. I understand that Martin Luther King’s message was one of peace and freedom. And that when you suggest that you were wondering if blacks were better off as slaves, that’s the opposite of freedom and very offensive to people. I think you probably know that.

BUNDY: Well, let me tell you — I took this boot off so I wouldn’t put my foot in my mouth with the boot on. Let me see if I can say something. You know, maybe I sinned and maybe I need to ask forgiveness and maybe I don’t know what I actually said.

But you know when you talk about prejudice we’re talking about not being able to exercise what we think and our feelings. We’re not freedom — we don’t have freedom to say what we want. If I call — if I say Negro or black boy or slave, I’m not — if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offensive, then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet. They should be able to — I should be able to say those things and they shouldn’t offend anybody. I didn’t mean to offend them.

 

Well, there you go. The right’s latest folk hero just said that if black people, or “those people,” are offended by what he says, regardless if he calls them Negro or black boy or slave, well, that is just MLK’s fault. Freedom, after all, let’s him say whatever he wants without repercussions. Everyone should be free to say and do whatever they want and nobody should take offense whatsoever. This is the same level of thinking that allows Bundy to feel he is in the right to threaten law enforcement with guns and not pay below market grazing fees to the US government.

Later on in the interview, Cuomo suggested to Bundy that perhaps he shouldn’t speak publicly about things he really has no understanding of, such as race relations or what certain ethnic groups might find offensive. However, it didn’t seem like Cuomo was able to reach Bundy.

 

CUOMO: The point is this. I’ll tell you what I understand, we’re living in and age where we respect each other and respect the right for people to be free and to live in the nature of equality that you’re talking about. The irony is you’re trying to extend that to your own situation, looking at the law and saying is the government over reaching. Am I truly free? Are they taking advantage my ability to do my business of raising my livestock?

This is about fundamental freedom. You touch on some interesting points which is why you got some very respectable people on your side of the political issues. But then when you talk this nonsense about Negroes and whether they should be slaves, you ruin that legitimacy. Maybe you should just avoid that and stick to what you know and deal with those issues.

BUNDY: You know, I would do that except that — I don’t even know how to talk about these ethnic groups.

CUOMO: Then don’t.

BUNDY: But I’m going to because I’m interested in those people. I think they should have freedom and liberty.

 

It appears that we have more to come regarding ‘the Negros’ and ‘the Spanish people’ from Mr. Bundy.

 

 

26 Replies to “Welfare Rancher Cliven Bundy Blames MLK For Why People Think He’s Racist”

  1. Trying to understand his tortured logic has given me a headache.

    Correct me if I’m wrong – but didn’t Rosa Parks get arrested for refusing to give up her seat when a white man got on the bus and saw the white section was filled?

    Of course, that’s neither here nor there as far as Mr. Bundy is concerned. He’s still a racist scofflaw.

  2. Surely this guy can’t believe what he is saying. No one could possibly be that ignorant. I wonder if he would be offended if black people started calling him by cracker, or honky? Of course he would. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you can go around spewing racial slurs without repercussions.

    On a side note, I wonder why he hasn’t had his side kick sons, and body guards surrounding him like they were in the begining? They just kind of faded off.

  3. Don’t try to understand. Since their hero raygun spoke at Philadelphia Miss. the rethug party has spouted the racist lingo

  4. Yeah blame the dead man for your ignorance and stupidity. This man is a true conservative. You stay classy Craven Bund(y)

  5. The difference is that Rosa Parks paid her fare. Mr. Bundy wants to use the land without paying for it.

  6. Keep talking. Maybe you’ll sink deeper in your own cow pies, Bundy.

    Question: what is he difference between a cow pie and Cliven Bundy
    Answer: you can fertilize a field with the cow pie and get a nice green yield.
    About the only thing that grows green out of Cliven Bundy’s mouth is Alex Jone’s bank account.

  7. Craven people all over the world would ask that you not include that scum sucking, slime rotten bottom dweller amongst their numbers.

  8. I think Bundy’s just stupid.
    He doesn’t sound like he put any thought(or even can put any thought) into what he was saying. It’s like he’s a baby repeating words, like his intellectual development was stunted or something.
    And the whole grazing fee nonsense that started this, he sounded like a little child not wanting to share. He’s not smart enough to realize or accept that the world is more complex than “I’m here, this is mine, go away”.

    I’m not saying anything he has said or done is OK. I’m saying I think he’s got a developmental issue, unable to think for himself beyond what his parents taught him.
    There are racists who are chronically stupid and ones who are just evil; Bundy is the stupid version, the pundits supporting him are the evil version.

  9. MLK would probably want to punch this bozo in the face.

    There’s no dancing around the fact that Bundy appears to believe — “from the heart” — that African Americans were better off as slaves …. to be bought and sold, separated from loved ones, beaten, raped, and murdered at will … than they are now.

    He also contended that “Negroes” would not be financially struggling if they had not forgottenhow to pick cotton or weren’t too lazy to learn how to do so.

    But hey, some of his friends (and employees) are black, so it’s all good.

  10. I find it amusing your ancestors denigrated MLK but now you hold him up in high regard. You are a fucking hypocrite and should STFU.

  11. Yep, we know how hard King was working to ensure whites could say boy, nigger, slave and other names with no one being upset

  12. I watched this live this AM. You could tell the guy had somebody tell him the story of MLK and Rosa ParkS. He screwed that up pretty well, and he did not say ethnic, he said ethic, two totally different meanings. That is why I say his story was probably told to him this morning by his dumbass son Ammon. you could tell he knew nothing about the plight of black folks or hispanic folks.

  13. The more this fool talks, the dumber he sounds and the more he exposes his toxic racism for all to see. For him to insult black and Latino folks like he has is the height of hypocrisy, seeing that he is an embodiment of arrogant entitlement and welfare himself. Like a lot of other hateful, anarchic morons, he fails to realize that the very government he’s against has provided the framework that has allowed him to prosper, although he’s been in violation of some laws.

  14. Rand Paul is complaining about seeing nothing but white faces at events he attends and is saying that the party needs to increase the size of its’ tent. I could NOT believe he had the nerve to let those words come out of his mouth, considering that he said that had he been in Congress when the CRA was passed, he would have voted against it. Then, he went to Howard and insulted black college students in an attempt to “teach” them about the GOP’s “good” attitude toward POC but had to reach back to the 19th Century to do it. He compounded the problem by supporting Bundy, whom most of us POC suspected was a racist but were just waiting for it to manifest itself. RP is DUMB if he thinks we haven’t been watching them closely. They have no real love, or even respect, for us. RP can continue wishing in one hand and sh*tting in the other, because as long as he and others in the GOPTP embrace folks like Bundy, they can forget about POC feeling comfortable in the GOPTP tent.

  15. Cliven Bundy is being given TOO MUCH PRESS COVERAGE! In his mind(?) he’s has an audience.

    The MSM is supposed to cover news, not garbage, as he is spewing. However, if Bundy still chooses to continue to spew, he can keep sinking deeper into the quicksand hole he chose to dig for himself several decades ago without anyone’s help but his hatred, arrogance and treasonous talk.

  16. Of course it’s MLK fault! If MLK didn’t stand up for Civil Rights and become a “troublemaker” There would be no “Racism” Blacks would know their place and accept it!

  17. I thought this whole incident with Bundy was about his refusing to pay the grazing fees to the US government. I must have missed something — how did this turn into his views about black Americans? How did he make this segue — or how is he trying to tie that into his own situation with the government?

  18. Racism expresses itself in a variety of ways.

    Some knuckle-walkers are blatant and unabashed racists, as has been observed on numerous occasions throughout American history … such as when grumpy old white guys wax nostalgic for the days of yesteryear …. before the Civil War.

    Other folks indignantly proclaim that “some of my best friends are (fill in the blank).” One may behave in an extremely civil manner — or even be friendly — toward someone of a different ethnicity … so long as that person does not offend one’s sensibilities or disagree with one’s political ideology.

    And for others, their racism is expressed by their tendency to apply stereotypical character traits to an entire ethnic demographic group of people, followed by a haughty disdain for these character traits and by their arrogant suggestion that they — as an outsider to the culture — understand the challenges facing people of said demographic group better than members of the group themselves.

  19. His 15 minutes now stands at 14. His last minute is when the Government collects past due debts. Why hasn’t this happened yet? It’s not a complicated case. Confiscate assets to pay off past due debts. It happens to many others everyday. What is the problem here? Please, I’d really like an explanation.

  20. The government is trying to get this bundy turd a chance to pay his debts willingly, which is good. What bundy and his supporters seem to want to do is start a shootout with the government, which they are sure not to win (don’t want another Waco or Ruby Ridge situation). The turd should just pay his bills or stop grazing his animals on the governments land. Simple. He is complicating the situation, and the government does not want to just bum rush him, yet I am pretty sure he and his cronies are pushing the envelope at this point in the situation.

  21. He has been given more than 15 years to pay for the land use. I believe that is more than enough time to settle up. If there is blood shead the government should make sure they out number them 10 to 1. Believe me the cowards will dorp their flags and guns, they’ll run hoping they arn’t arrested. When they are arrested I hope they will be dealt with harsly.

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