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Not Sorry: Bundy Spends Another 20 Minutes Rambling About 'The Negro'

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"The question is: Are they slaves the way they are, the way they live, slaves to charity and government subsidized homes?" Bundy said. "Are they slaves when their daughters are having abortions and their sons in the graves and prisons?"

"This thought goes back a long time over the years," he said.

Of seeing black people in their government-subsidized homes in Las Vegas, he said: "I thought, 'Would they be happier if they was home, talking about the South, where they come from? Would they have been home with their gardens and their chickens and their children playing around them?'"

"Would they? That was the question I ask, and I ask you: Would they be happier?"

The news conference came after the New York Times published similar comments the rancher made over the weekend. Those comments drew widespread criticism on Thursday, including from some of the conservatives who had supported him during his recent standoff with the feds over cattle grazing fees.

At the news conference, Bundy also repeated a story he told over the weekend about his experience during the Watts Riots in Los Angeles in 1965.

"It was the Negro people burning their own city," he said.

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Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.