Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke during at the Las Vegas Review-Journal “Hashtags & Headlines” event on Thursday denouncing the supporters of Cliven Bundy as “domestic terrorists” and saying that Bundy “thumb(s) his nose at authority.”
“It is an issue that we cannot let go, just walk away from,” Reid said repeating what he said of the situation on Monday.
Senator Reid addressed statements made by some of Bundy’s supporters to have “children and women lined up because if anyone got hurt we wanted to make sure they got hurt first, because we want the federal government hurting women and children. … What if others tried the same thing?”
“Cliven Bundy does not recognize the United States,” Reid said. “He says that the United States is a foreign government. He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t pay his fees. And he doesn’t follow the law. He continues to thumb his nose at authority.”
Bundy and his family declined an invitation by the Review-Journal to respond.
Reid pointed out that the Bureau of Land Management has two court orders, with one decision written by a very conservative judge allowing them to round up and remove the 500 to 900 head of cattle belonging to Bundy he has been illegally grazing on public lands.
Reid also said that he had met over the last week with several groups including the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association who have declined to support Bundy in his defiant stand against the government.
Senator Reid says he has also spoken with Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI and sheriff Douglas Gillespie, and that a task force is being put together to deal with the situation.
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