Reid says he's receiving 'ugly, vile, vulgar' threats
April 29th, 2014
04:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Reid says he's receiving 'ugly, vile, vulgar' threats

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged Tuesday he is receiving what he called "ugly, vile, vulgar" threats after he labeled supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists" last week.

"Each day that goes by, it's hard for me to comprehend how ugly, vile, vulgar, and threatening people are, sending letters to my home and making other threats," said the longtime Democratic senator from Nevada, speaking slowly to reporters, with long pensive pauses and even shaking his head.

"So I don't know who's mad at me, but it's a long list, I guess," Reid continued.

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On Monday the U.S. Capitol police said it was looking into "threatening statements made toward Senator Reid."

Congressional sources say the threats began last week after Reid called Bundy's backers "domestic terrorists" for refusing to vacate federal land in Nevada that Bundy used to graze his cattle.

The Bureau of Land Management has been in a dispute with Bundy for 20 years over not paying fines and environmental issues. That came to a head three weeks ago when armed militia members came to Bundy's defense, joining in an old west style showdown with the authorities.

Reid's comments about Bundy riled conservatives, who had already hailed Bundy as a hero for fighting what they called government overreach. But most of those conservatives abandoned the rancher late last week after he made racist remarks about blacks, asking whether they were "better off as slaves."

As for the threats to Reid, he would not elaborate on their nature or the degree to which law enforcement is concerned.

Instead he said "what also bothers me is virtually every one of these horrible things they send has, they cite scripture," he said, holding up his hands. "They cite something out of the Bible. I mean, you try that one on. "

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rocky you wish we were still slaves... But all I can say is TRY IT NOW!!

    April 29, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Jules

    No surprise here – he should read the Soundoff sometime there is a controversial story – they are always hateful, vile and ugly comments to be found.

    April 29, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. tom l

    Sorry to say it but you reap what you sow. I have never seen politicians directly go after individual Americans the way they do today. It's shameful. It heightens the discourse and drives us further apart. And Harry Reid knows this and loves to do this.

    Both sides have vastly overreacted and both sides are wrong.

    April 29, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Both sides have vastly overreacted and both sides are wrong."

    There was no overreaction from the federal gov't here. 20+ years of scoff-law refusal to pay legitimate, lawfully levied fees and fines, during which time Bigot Bundy was afforded all the due process he could ever possibly have demanded (and then some), during which time the federal gov't went through all the correct procedures and showed the utmost in forbearance by not attempting to confiscate his cattle...and then finally it comes time to legitimately, lawfully, as ordered by the courts and as duly authorized by the powers granted to the BLM by its enabling statutes and regulations and court orders, confiscate his cattle for failure to pay said fees and fines, and what happens? He threatens violence. Anti-gov't militia folks show up out of the woodwork armed to the teeth and posting snipers on overpasses, etc. There was absolutely no overreaction by the federal gov't here. If anything, this should have been brought to a head years and years ago and Bigot Bundy should've been thrown in jail after watching all of his cattle turned into delicious patties. Threatening violence against fellow human beings who are just doing their jobs and obeying lawful orders is not ok, no matter what your beef is (pun intended). Acting like it's an overreaction when the people you threatened show up armed and ready to defend themselves when it's time for them to do their duty and fulfill their job obligations is just plain old LYING.

    April 29, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Rocky you wish we were still slaves... But all I can say is TRY IT NOW!!"

    They are trying it now. They're just using different means. we're talking about people who fervently believe "this was supposed to be a white people country." If they can't have it back the way they really want it, they're going to defend it via economics by shifting all wealth to a very very few (who happen to be white) and then let them buy the government. You know, "take the country back" before "those people" can simply overwhelm its rightful, whiteful rulers by sheer numbers at the polls.

    April 29, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    On the flip side... CNN – lay off the biased remarks about Cliven Bundy's statements being racist. They weren't, anyone with half a brain knows they weren't, anyone with half a brain knows what Cliven Bundy said was
    No one is interested in what anyone with a half-brain has to say, or what anyone with a half-brain "knows" Rocky.
    Go tell it to your half-brain friends....and try not to drool all over yourself when you do.

    April 29, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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