Reid doubles down on 'domestic terrorist' smear of Bundy protestors
Earlier this week, Harry Reid called protestors at the Bundy ranch "domestic terrorists" because some of them were armed. When given the opportunity to back away from that hysterical smear, Reid doubled down and repeated the lie on CNN:
In a blunt exchange that hit on a major American divide, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, stood by his comments that militia groups involved in a ranch standoff are “domestic terrorists,” while the state’s Republican senator, Dean Heller, replied that he considers them “patriots.”
The two men appeared Friday afternoon on KSNV’s “What’s Your Point?” question-and-answer show.
The first question went to Reid, about his comments that a few hundred people protesting and blocking federal action against rancher Cliven Bundy are “domestic terrorists.”
“What did you mean by that?” co-host Amy Tarkanian asked.
“Just what I said,” Reid responded.
The Democrat later clarified that he was not talking about Bundy himself necessarily, but about outside individuals who traveled to the area in the recent days.
The standoff on the dusty Nevada land has been building for decades, as the federal government has worked to block Bundy’s cattle from grazing on public land. The family has raised cattle in the area for generations, but 20 years ago the land they used was declared off limits in order to protect a desert tortoise.
Bundy has continued grazing anyway, insisting he is within his rights. Last week the issue hit a new hot point when hundreds of self-described militia groups came to Bundy’s land to protest federal action and help him defend his grazing ability.
That’s who Reid described as “domestic terrorists”.
600 people came armed, they had practiced, they had maneuvered… they set up snipers in strategic locations… they had automatic weapon,” the leading Democrat said Friday. “And they boasted about the fact they put women and children… so they would get hit first.”
“If there were ever an example of people who were domestic violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys,” Reid concluded.
No one knows how many militiamen were at the Bundy ranch. CNN says "hundreds" but even that might be an exaggeration. It certainly wasn't 600 as Reid claims. In the absence of any evidence, Harry Reid insists on pushing his smear of the protestors when the only violence that actually occurred was perpetrated by federal agents on peaceful protestors.
Expect Reid to continue pushing this notion of "domestic terrorists" - especially since it appears the confrontation will heat up again in the near future.