On Wednesday, the Nevada rancher Ryan Bundy, who is on trial for his role in the Bundy standoff, told a reporter, “I’ll have every opportunity to continue to go out and go after Barack Obama, I will.”
That’s a bold prediction, one that suggests Bundy intends to continue his assault on the presidency.
Bundy, the son of an Arizona rancher, is also the son-in-law of Ammon Bundy, an anti-government militiaman who had been arrested in Nevada in 2014 and charged with conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.
Bundy’s legal team has said that Bundy has never taken a pledge to join a specific militia, that he is simply a patriot who feels a moral obligation to stand up to the government.
And, in a statement released Wednesday, he said, “The Bundys have a right to defend their land and their family.
They have the right to do so.”
In an interview with the Nevada Independent on Wednesday, Bundy said he was “not a racist, a terrorist, or an antigovernment extremist.”
He said he had “been involved in peaceful protest and in civil disobedience in the past, but I am a patriot and a defender of the Constitution.”
Bundy’s actions over the past few months have been a constant demonstration of his right to free speech.
On January 1, the day after the Bundys first armed standoff with federal authorities, Bundy took to Facebook to express his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, writing, “In the last few days, the Black community has been through a lot.
I think a lot of them are fed up with the status quo, and I hope they will be fed up on the government.”
A week later, he wrote, “Today I am with Black Lives Matters, the group that began the Black-led protests that resulted in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
In the aftermath of that event, Black Lives is still a movement that is gaining momentum.”
On May 25, he told an audience at a Nevada town hall, “This is my country.
I’m not an outlaw.
I don’t belong here.
I am here to protect it.
I have a Constitutional right to protect myself and my family from being attacked by federal agents and from being arrested.”
A day later, Bundy was arrested on federal drug charges after a judge found him in possession of more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana.
His bail was set at $2 million.
“I was just walking up to this house and the agents came up to me, and they said, ‘Are you with BLM?’
And I said, I’m with BLM,” Bundy told the Independent.
“And they said they wanted to see my papers and my papers said, Bundy.
And they said I had weapons.
And I got out of the car, and that was it.
They arrested me.”
In response to questions about whether he had a criminal record, Bundy, according to the Independent, said, “‘We’ll talk about it later.
But the New York Times reported that the Bundies’ attorneys had told a judge that they believed Bundy was the person behind the online posting. “
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Bundy, 57, was not at the Las Vegas hotel where he spoke to the Nevada crowd.
But the New York Times reported that the Bundies’ attorneys had told a judge that they believed Bundy was the person behind the online posting.
The Associated Press also reported that a video posted to Bundy’s Facebook page shows him reading a Facebook post that read, “There are many things I am passionate about.
I know this is not the first time I’ve expressed a political opinion.
But I am not a racist or a terrorist.
I will take any chance to go and do what I love.
I stand behind my Constitution.
“The Bundy family, who have been the main force behind Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has been one of the most vocal and visible defenders of the Republican candidate during the 2016 campaign.” “
She has said repeatedly that she supports her husband and believes he has a constitutional right to bear arms,” the paper reported.
“The Bundy family, who have been the main force behind Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has been one of the most vocal and visible defenders of the Republican candidate during the 2016 campaign.”
A spokesperson for the Bundists did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Associated Press writers Jennifer Jenkins and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.