Reid calls supporters of Nevada cattle rancher 'domestic terrorists'
April 17th, 2014
09:17 PM ET
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Reid calls supporters of Nevada cattle rancher 'domestic terrorists'

(CNN) - Never one to mince words, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, lumped supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy in with the Eric Rudolphs, Richard Reids and Timothy McVeighs.

The senate majority leader labeled those who defended the rancher against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup "domestic terrorists" at a Thursday evening question-and-answer session hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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"Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said. "I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.”

Reid's remarks come on the heels of a tense, weeklong showdown that drew armed militia groups from across the country to the cattleman's side, especially after a YouTube video captured a tussle teetering on violence between rangers and protesters.

The BLM ultimately decided to shut down its weeklong roundup of Bundy's cattle Saturday after the incident.

Bundy owed nearly $1 million to the government and has avoided paying federal grazing fees for 20 years. His dispute with the government began around 1993 when the bureau changed grazing rules for the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area to protect an endangered desert tortoise, CNN affiliate KLAS reported.

For his part, Reid insisted that the conflict was not over. The Nevada lawmaker said he spoke with both federal and state law officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, and was given assurances a task force would be established to deal with the Bundy case.

“It is an issue that we cannot let go, just walk away from,” Reid said.

While the senator mainly took issue with the hundreds who flocked to Bundy's cause, Reid also jabbed at the rancher's reputation.

"He doesn’t pay his taxes," Reid said. "He doesn’t pay his fees. And he doesn’t follow the law. He continues to thumb his nose at authority.”

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soundoff (921 Responses)
  1. Reid is an elected terrorist

    Reid is an elected terrorist.

    April 18, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Noneya

    Typical Tealiban.. Does anyone expect anything different from these types of people? He defrauds the American Tax payer for years, and he is a hero to some? DELUSIONAL

    April 18, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. James

    Get 'im Senator!

    April 18, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Jim

    People who start riots are wrong, but wise cops know better than to wade into the crowd to arrest them.

    I'm not saying whether Bundy is right or wrong, but Harry Reid is the dumb cop. There's not much anyone can do about him until his next election.

    April 18, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. paul

    Reid has no doubt been one of the worst elected officials in American history. He's a crook, a liar, and the right hand man of the biggest liar on the planet – Obama. now he's calling residents of his own state domestic terrorists. It's long been time for Reid to go – now there's no doubt.

    April 18, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. John

    No one is above the law. If he is grazing his cattle on Government land he needs to pay like everyone else.
    He is giving other ranchers a bad name. If he does not like it then have him move his cattle on private land and let us see if he can get away with paying nothing. He is a freeloader who does not respect the law. Do not let him get way with this. It is not right and it is not fair.

    April 18, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Mogie

    It's awful strange that there was no mention in this article of Reid's son scamming the Bundy's just to give the land to the Chinese. Dig into it a little more and follow the crooked Democrat $$$'s

    April 18, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    We won't even send drones and tanks into the Ukraine to support their cause but people are calling for weapons of war to rain hellfire down upon one of our own Americans? smh

    April 18, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Job

    The most unamerican administration I've ever seen. The greed. The egos. The audacity. Amazing.

    April 18, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. JIM Boom

    The same people saying illegall immigrants should be legal because Mexico used to own California, or that all of us came from illegall immigration, etc now say this rancher is wrong even though his families cattle grazed for over 100 years on that property. It does not work both ways.

    April 18, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Kevin in va

    And Harry Reid is a traitor to his country. Just like all of those self serving SOB's in DC.
    They go after Joe Blow American for a million dollars in grazing fees but turn around and give the oil companies, mining companies etc 100 year leases to federal land for 1 dollar. Who are they serving ???

    April 18, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Hogan's Goat

    " He and his son are in bed with a Chinese company that wants to build a solar panel plant on that land. " And where's this proof, besides angry pundits? You sound completely paranoid. Nobody's stealing Bundy's land, the guy's a million bucks in debt and trespassing on his neighbor's land. If his neighbor was another rancher, you'd see instantly what he's up to, but it's SO EASY to get righties mad at the government. Most likely it will be bought by the government and added to the tortoise sanctuary. Then you guys will sneak in at night and kill the tortoises and say you are patriots, right?

    April 18, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. ReidTheTool

    Congrats Dems on one heck of a winner you have here. This is the face of the Democratic party. Anyone feeling st'u'pid for the vote?

    April 18, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Drew

    if we define terrorist as those who threaten the lives of Americans serving America domestic and abroad.. then I classify those men who were pointing high powered rifles and American federal agents serving the USA as terrorist. as you can also tell that these men came from around the country just as they were coming out of Iran during the war on terrorism. they are traveling to where they can spread there ideology which has something to do with threating all Americans lives even their own family's were used as the puppets to start an problem by having them advance on Americans

    April 18, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Candlewick

    Harry Reid is one shriveled cell in the cancerous tumor that is modern American government.

    April 18, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. jorge washinsen

    He, if anyone ,should know what a domestic terrorist is.

    April 18, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. jorge washinsen

    Naturally,I would have thought no differently.

    April 18, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Iowan

    I have a real problem with Sen. Reid calling these people terrorists. Regardless of whether I agree with them or not, they are hardly terrorists. That it has taken 20 years for the BLM to take issue with the fact that Mr. Bundy was not paying grazing fees speaks volumes to me. There's an ulterior motive there, I think.

    The BLM handled this poorly and Mr. Reid would do well to remember that it is the citizens of Nevada that sent him to Washington. Those same citizens can decide they don't want him to represent them any longer.

    April 18, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Phillip Hotchkiss

    Harry Greed .Instigated the the run in with the Bundy ranch for one thing. To only line his own pockets.

    April 18, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. JESUS

    Harry your time is coming!!!

    April 18, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. rick

    Harry reid is the problem.its poloticians like him that are ruining this country. Those people he is refering to aredefending their country.Perfect example why we will never ever give up our guns

    April 18, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. DomesticTerrorismInOurCourts

    The true domestic terrorists are the judges and lawyers in OUR corrupt court system that have contrived "judicial independence" so they can steal ( at whim ) our money, our rights, our peace-of-mid, our freedom, and our right to due process. THESE ARE THE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS FOLKS. Make no mistake about it. THE FACT the FBI does NOTHING to stop KNOWBN OFFENDERS is an offense to our civil society and a disgrace to every man and woman who puts their life in harms way to defend Liberty and Justice for All. Offensive cowards. Domestic terrorists. Look no further than our broken court rooms... a corrupt judicial system BEGGING FOR REFORMATION. Reformation will come.

    April 18, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. mike johnson

    ... of course he should pay his taxes ... but change grazing rules over some turtle ... that is nuts and I suspect there is more to this issue tan first meet the eye.

    April 18, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Chuck

    To Dude,

    April 18, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Home simpson

    Reid would know terrorist. after all he voted with obama to aid AL Qaeda in Syria, the same AL Qaeda that killed US troops in Iraq. Reid and the US government are the real terrorist

    April 18, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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