Cliven Bundy: Fox News Hasn’t ‘Abandoned’ Me

AP

Cliven Bundy has no hard feelings toward Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who gave voice to the Nevada rancher in scores of television appearances before declaring his racist tirade “despicable” and “repugnant.”

“I don’t think I’ve been abandoned. I think maybe they misunderstood me a little bit,” Bundy told CNN on Thursday night. “But I think Fox and I, I think, Hannity and I are just right on. I have no doubt that he would support me if he understood really what’s in my heart. And I think he does understand me.”

Fox News has gone silent on Bundy’s recent comments, in which he said that “the Negro” would be better off under slavery. But that hasn’t stopped the anti-government rancher from appearing on other networks, like CNN, to double, triple, and quadruple down on his remarks.

“I thought about Rosa Park taking her seat at the front of the bus … What Reverend King wanted was that she could sit anywhere in the bus and nobody would say anything about it,” Bundy said Friday morning. “You and I can sit anywhere in the bus. That’s what he wanted. That’s what I want.”

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