Cliven Bundy Says God Was on His Side in Standoff with Government
Addressing a crowd of Independent America Party members in Nevada on Saturday, infamous rancher Cliven Bundy depicted his standoff with the Bureau of Land Management as a struggle of biblical proportions and themes.
“There was people from almost every state in this United States was there,” Bundy said. “Why did they come? …Because they felt like they needed to. They was spiritually touched.”
Bundy said that the fact nobody was killed in the armed standoff was a sign of divine guidance.
“If the standoff with the Bundys was wrong, would the Lord have been with us?” he asked. “Could those people that stood without fear and went through that spiritual experience…have done that without the Lord being there? No they couldn’t.”
Bundy also said that god had prepared him to escalate the conflict. “The Lord told me…if (the sheriff doesn’t) take away these arms (from federal agents), we the people will have to face these arms in a civil war. He said, ‘This is your chance to straighten this thing up.”
Bundy, and his refusal to pay grazing fees totaling over $1 million for use of public lands, became a cause célèbre in conservative circles until racist comments he’d made were quoted in the New York Times, ending the party.
[h/t The Spectrum]
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