Reid vs. Bundys

In a Senate speech on the preservation of Nevada’s Gold Butte area and other historic and natural resources, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada said, “A dangerous group of militants staged an armed takeover of the [Oregon] refuge. They came with their canvas shirts and their camouflage pants and their guns and their all-terrain vehicles to take over the federal property. And they did. This particular episode of domestic terrorism has roots in Nevada, I’m sorry to say. They were led by the sons of Cliven Bundy—Cliven, who, as we speak, is where he should be, in jail.”

Cliven Bundy and four of his sons face federal conspiracy and weapons indictments growing out of the 2014 standoff with federal officials near Bunkerville over his refusal to pay his bills. His sons Ammon and Ryan are also charged in connection with a separate incident, the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

The attorney for Ammon Bundy responded with a video that said, in part, “Please try to address the ideas and spend less time making attacks on individuals, particularly individuals you represent.”

And Cliven Bundy’s wife Carol posted a video calling on Reid to visit her at the ranch to “look me square in the eye” and tell her that her husband and sons are domestic terrorists.