Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy didn’t only enrage people by his recent extremely racist comments — he’s sticking by them and doesn’t plan on apologizing anytime soon.
Cliven Bundy gives daily press conferences near his cattle ranch in Buckerville, Nev., to discuss how America and the government has been overreaching on all aspects. His views have gained the support of huge politicians like Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Dean Heller. However, when reporters visited to see for themselves on April 23, he made extremely racist remarks that could change everything.
Cliven Bundy’s Racist Remarks
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Cliven, 67, said during a press conference, New York Times reported. “[B]ecause they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children; they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
That comment alone sparked a ton of negative attention — was he really speculating that “negros” were better off as slaves? His supporters immediately began backtracking!
Sen. Heller “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way,” his spokesperson told the Times.
Cliven Responds To Backlash: I Meant It
The following day, after the story went viral, Cliven was forced to address the controversial remarks.
“I don’t believe in any of that type of stuff,” he said referring to slavery, even though he reportedly used the word “Negro” at least six times in his speech. “They’re not slaves anymore, but they seem to be slaves to the welfare system.”
He later added that he doesn’t really care if people twist his words, but “it matters that my heart goes out to the people of this world, and they understand what I stand for.”
Additionally, he did a radio interview with Peter Schiff, where he admitted he’s standing by what he said:
I’m wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves, and they was able to have their family structure together, and the chickens and garden, and the people had something to do? And so, in my mind I’m wondering, are they better off being slaves, in that sense, or better off being slaves to the United States government, in the sense of the subsidies. I’m wondering. That’s what. And the statement was right. I am wondering.
— Emily Longeretta