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

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. Neal

    he needs to REALLY take a look in the mirror. He's a CROOK.

    April 18, 2014 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  2. JennySue

    Reid is terrorizing the American people with his corruption and excessive taxation.

    April 18, 2014 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  3. gayle

    I’m very concerned about this news outlet pushing this kind of hate that incites violence.

    April 18, 2014 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  4. Steve

    WOW! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    April 18, 2014 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  5. orrball

    It is unbelievable there were so many Government people with guns for a family and there cows eating grass something else is going on?

    April 18, 2014 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  6. John

    Reid's a sack of what comes out of the south end of a northward walking cow.

    April 18, 2014 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  7. basedonfact

    Funny how all these people who are anti immigrant because "they broke the law" are running to the side of this criminal

    April 18, 2014 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  8. SmartPotato

    Heh. And, they eat their own.

    April 18, 2014 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  9. Normal Guy

    "Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, lumped supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy in with the Eric Rudolphs, Richard Reids and Timothy McVeighs"

    I wouldn't consider that an apple to apple comparison.....

    Can we get some term limits please?

    April 18, 2014 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  10. terry

    then what is all the illegals that are breaking the law? they have to be domestic terrorist as well

    April 18, 2014 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  11. Silver Lining

    Are they "domestic terrorists" from keeping Reid's idiological idea of big government in check? How does this guy keep getting reelected?

    April 18, 2014 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  12. Rob

    The domestic terrorist are in Washington and Reid is one of the leaders. Guess he feels it's not important to mention how much the solar company that wants to build there gave to his campaign or how much stock he owns in the company

    April 18, 2014 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  13. Josh P.

    He's just upset that someone is fighting against the Federal government with a good number of people. He's scared that its gotten this much attention and he doesn't want others to get the same idea. Good for the ranchers, hopefully they won't back down. Nothing wrong with pissing off the 1% when you get the chance. All the power to them.

    April 18, 2014 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  14. Deseon Chun

    You got to pay to Caesar what is Caesar's.

    April 18, 2014 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Harry Ried needs to be voted out!!!

    April 18, 2014 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  16. jimmyva18

    Harry Reid is an evil, evil man. He IS what is wrong with America, and must be countered.

    April 18, 2014 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  17. gorgegirl

    Senator Reid is absolutely right. Bundy pays no taxes and he doesn't pay to use the land for his cattle.
    He needs to be arrested and thrown into jail.

    April 18, 2014 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  18. Jeff youmans

    When the truth gets out everyone will know that Harry Reid is the Real domestic terrorist.

    April 18, 2014 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  19. Mike T.

    Congressmen can do insider trading, but ranchers have pay huge "grazing " fees! Sen. Harry Reid is just helping his buddies take the land for a solar energy farm and cables to it. His son, Rory, even works for solar energy company!

    April 18, 2014 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  20. Patrick

    I think Harry Reid is a sellout to China for wanting to spoil his son on the land that his family has been ranching.

    April 18, 2014 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  21. king

    Why every time these right wingers want to do their dirt, they rap themselves in our flag scream liberty and freedom and when they don't get their way, they threatens secession . Get them Reid.

    April 18, 2014 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  22. Ben

    This is a country of laws. If you don't like the laws, attempt legal ways to change the laws. If you still don't like it, leave. Period. These jokesters who think that roads pave themselves and that our servicemen protect us for free need to be deported. If they want to start a skirmish at the border, so be it. But if they do it from within they are indeed domestic terrorists. Libertarianism in practice now is little more than thinly veiled anarchism.

    April 18, 2014 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  23. Richard Wad

    Reid is really one to talk. What is most ominous is it sounds like he wants another Waco, TX on our hands.

    April 18, 2014 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  24. Eve

    This here sounds like fighting words.

    April 18, 2014 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  25. thecoldhardtruth

    Se. Reid,
    Why does the BLM have their own army? Complete with paramilitary uniforms and assault rifles? They look like the goons taking over Ukraine. You know why, because your ex aide runs the Nevada BLM.
    The BLM spends $1 million hiring a cattle rustler to steal cattle worth half that much, pays an auction company $300,000.00 to sell them, to collect $1 million in made up fines for COWS EATING GRASS?
    Then you call the AMERICAN CITIZENS who shine the light on this act of tyranny, DOMESTIC TERRORISTS? I submit to you Herr Reid, that you are so corrupt, that you cannot even understand just how low you have sunk on the evolutionary scale. Pointing assault rifles at AMERICAN CITIZENS? Does every bureaucracy have it's own army now?

    April 18, 2014 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
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