Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is suddenly losing support of Republicans after making some bizarre remarks about African-Americans.
A video (below) of Bundy's remarks was posted by MediaMatters.org.
During a news conference last Saturday, Bundy told reporters, "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro."
According to The New York Times, Bundy recalled driving past a public housing project.
“And in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids, and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch, they didn’t have nothing to do," stated Bundy. "They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do."
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” added Bundy. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) have all supported Bundy, but suddenly tried to distance themselves.
Sen. Heller's spokesman told The New York Times that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”
Abbott's spokeswoman claimed that his warning to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management "was regarding a dispute in Texas and is in no way related to the dispute in Nevada."
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"His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him," a spokesman for Sen. Paul told Business Insider.
There has been no statement from Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who has supported Bundy and stayed at the Bundy ranch or from Fox News host Sean Hannity who has been Bundy's media supporter.
The Bundy Ranch claimed on its Facebook page that the rancher was taken out of context (even though the video confirms what he said):
There are new rumors going around about Cliven. We all know that with the media, words are taken out of context, meanings are twisted, and they can take anything and turn it into what they want it to be. Cliven is a good man, he loves all people, he is not a racist man. He wants what is best for everyone.