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April 25, 2014 - 5:26 am

A freshman Nevada congressman said the militiamen need to leave the area around Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch because they’re scaring kids trying to walk to school.

Rep. Steve Horsford (D-Nev.), who represents the recently created 4th District of central Nevada, told MSNBC that he spent Thursday in Mesquite, “meeting with residents who actually live in Bunkerville, who are neighbors of Cliven Bundy, who live in the Moapa Valley community.”

“And they, like myself, are extremely frustrated by the fact that we have these armed militia in our community, the fact that children in Bunkerville, which is a community of only about 1,200, 1,300 people cannot walk around the corner to their school without armed militia on the hills of our community, that they can’t go to church on Sunday without armed militia being in or around the church because Cliven Bundy is there and the armed militia are there,” he said.

“And his comments today do not reflect our community. They don’t reflect the majority views of Nevadans or the Western way of life and the way that most of us feel. They are racist. His comments were racist. They are infused with bigotry and hatred. And they belong in the dustbin of history,” added the first person of color to represent Nevada in Congress.

“He profiled the African-American community, and it’s so ironic and hypocritical because he says that people don’t understand his way of life, but yet he would profile and make judgments about another community’s way of life. He’s wrong. He’s racist. And we need to have the armed militia leave our communities.”

Horsford said it’s “the neighbors of Cliven Bundy” who told him “that they want their community back, that they want it to be back to normal, and that this doesn’t reflect our community.”

“And these people are not here to solve local land use problems. They have come with an agenda. And that agenda doesn’t belong in Mesquite, in Bunkerville, in Moapa, or any place in Nevada,” the congressman continued. “In fact, some of the ranchers that I met with today and that I’ve met with previously feel like he is breaking the law, that he’s getting special treatment, because we have a lot of responsible ranchers who have paid their grazing fees, who have cooperated to move their cattle to other areas, and were compensated fairly for doing so, but because Cliven Bundy doesn’t want to follow the law he is trying to hold himself out as some type of victim here, and it’s not reflective of other responsible ranchers who have done the right thing, who have paid their fees, and who recognize the rule of law.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I'll bet he's lying. Any takers?
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So the Militia members are making locals nervous? Say, what was their opinion about 200 armed troops, helicopters and snipers - all over some Cattle?
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Hogwash. I live within 13 miles of Mesquite and go into town at least twice a week. I have yet to hear anyone express concern over the militia but have heard comments about the BLM's tactics.

I have gone down to the Bundy's press conferences and the only armed guys I have seen were two of Bundy's bodyguards on each side of him on the podium, with holstered handguns.

I signed on to his website (http://bit.do/bundy) and got an invite to the meetings, with a request from his daughter not to wear cammies or bring guns. So much for "armed militiamen".

As to the angst over the bogus "racist" remark:
That tremor you might have felt was all those liberals falling to their knees, giving thanks that Bundy used an 'N-word'. Not THE 'N-word' mind you, but close enough. The 'he owes the govt money' mantra was wearing a little thin, but now, praise be, they have a new diversion, keeping the focus away from the badge-heavy bully-boy tactics of an over-militarized federal agency.

The media and their sock puppets will eagerly twist a badly articulated condemnation of LBJ's Great Society into the threadbare Racist/Bigot charges. Somewhat embarrassingly, many blacks are now coming out and agreeing with him. Watch for the usual "Uncle Toms" and "Acting White" slurs to be applied.

The real problem that has been growing - and escalating over the years - is the overreach of these alphabet agencies in enforcing their rules, which are treated as law since the Congress gave them full power to call the shots (no pun intended).

In this case, the BLM ignored the federal law stating that all court orders by these agencies must use the local County Sheriff's assets. Instead, believing they could get away with it again, they sent in 200+ guys who looked like infantry, a 30-ton armored vehicle, shut down local celll phone towers and instituted a 3,000' high No Fly Zone over the area. (What could go wrong?) They mustered more men and fence line against American citizens than they ever did against the cartels on the Mexican border.

But Hey, watch this brand new and shiny Racist thingy we're swinging in front of you and disregard that man behind the curtain.
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Is it just me, or does anybody else find it disturbing that the Democrats supported thousands and thousands of Occupy protesters who destroyed public and private property and terrorized business owners and the general public but now consider a simple rancher in rural Nevada and 200 of his supporters to be domestic terrorists?
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Oh, I doubt he's lying. He probably met with the 5, maybe even 10, people out there in rural northern Clark County who voted for him. Horsford is an urban Democrat through and through. His base is North Las Vegas. He lost soundly among the voters of the Moapa Valley (where Bunkerville is located), getting only 18% of their votes. Rural areas account for 95% of the land area of his district. To give you an idea of how not popular he is outside of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, he lost by anywhere from 2-1 to almost 5-1 against the Republican in the rural counties.

18%.

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I'll bet he's lying. Any takers?
13 weeks ago
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So the Militia members are making locals nervous? Say, what was their opinion about 200 armed troops, helicopters and snipers - all over some Cattle?
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Biggest concern would be a shootout between BLM/Feds and the "militia" that would catch innocent people in the crossfire.
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