Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Monday addressed the conflict between the federal authorities and anti-government activists over a Nevada cattle rancher’s self-proclaimed right to graze his animals, vowing the showdown in his home state is “not over.”
“Well, it’s not over,” Reid told Las Vegas TV station KRNV. “We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.”
The Bureau of Land Management was rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle after he refused to pay grazing fees for more than 20 years, prompting hundreds of anti-government activists — some of them armed — to flock to Bundy’s side and protest the perceived overreach. Authorities ended the round-up on Saturday, citing public safety concerns.
Appearing Monday on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Bundy was asked to respond to Reid’s challenge.
“I don’t have a response for Harry Reid, but I have a response for every county sheriff across the United States,” Bundy told host Sean Hannity. “Disarm the federal bureaucrats.”
Bundy’s son Aman had a more barbed response.
“Well if he doesn’t have enough moral fiber in his bones at all to see what happened, that we the people got together and made something right, then I don’t think there’s any hope for him and he needs to be kicked out of office,” he said. “Even if he is a senate majority leader. It doesn’t matter.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.