When Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy forced an armed standoff with U.S. Bureau of Land Management employees over his refusal to pay fees for grazing his cattle on public lands, a contingent of Arizona's Republican legislators traveled to the site of the standoff.
They went to
When they got back to AZ, and even before they left, the legislators involved took to the floor of the state legislature to praise Bundy and his crimes, using their positions of public trust to support the misuse of public resources.
After Bundy started spouting off on race, essentially saying that slavery was better for black Americans than freedom, his accomplices in the AZ lege went silent, but did not criticize Bundy.
They have finally come around to decreasing their public support for him.
From KTVK (Phoenix channel 3), written by Jared Dillingham (emphasis added) -
Arizona-based allies of controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy are distancing themselves from him, following what many consider to be racist comments.
The rancher was caught on camera sharing his thoughts about driving past a Las Vegas housing project.
"They didn't have nothin' to do. They didn't have nothin' for their kids to do," Bundy said of the black families he saw.
"They were basically on government subsidy. So now what do they do? They abort their young children. They put their young men in jail because they never learned how to pick cotton," Bundy continued. "I've often wondered, 'Were they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things? Or are they better off as government subsidy?' "
Several Arizona lawmakers recently drove up to the Bundy ranch in Nevada to stand in solidarity with crowds protesting the government's seizure of cattle. The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy owes $1 million in past grazing fees, which he has refused to pay.
Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, said she went to the ranch hoping to keep the situation from turning violent.
Rep. Townsend may be mouthing the right words, but her actions say something else, and as the old saying goes - "Actions speak louder than words".
A picture tweeted by the contingent, taken during their visit with Bundy -
Townsend is second from the left. Her appearance gives lie to her professed desire for a non-violent resolution to the confrontation.
Focusing on her -
Ummm...there is *nothing* about a gun that is non-violent.