Fox News host Sean Hannity has repeatedly backed Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his conflict with the federal government.
Bundy has allowed his cows to illegally graze on government land for 20 years because of his long family history of doing so.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is legally in charge of enforcing the grazing law, has been demonized by Bundy and his "militia" supporters, who confronted the BLM's agents with guns over the weekend.
“The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a statement, noted The Hill.
Last night on "Hannity," the host tried to stir up the possibility of violence by the federal government against Bundy and his family, according to MediaMatters.org (video below).
For his part, Bundy accused Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of being behind the government's effort to get him, reports RawStory.com.
“Harry, get your army out of Nevada, get your army away from my ranch and off Clark County public land, and keep it out,” Bundy said. “If they come, we’ll deal with them tonight. That’s what we’ve got to do, we’ll just deal with you. Whether you got guts enough to do it, come on.”
Later in the program, Hannity asked Bundy's son Ammon, "As you hear the sheriff speaking, Harry Reid speaking, and you hear all this, what are your plans? I would assume, as Cliven’s son, you want to protect your dad, what are your plans if, in fact, they come late in the night?”
“They’re going to do what they want to do, if that’s their plan, but again, if they took him or whatever else they did, I mean, even if they killed him, the people will answer to that, and what I mean by that, they will answer that,” replied Ammon. “They will be the ones to make it right, they’ll be the ones to stand up. Millions of people know what’s going on.”
Hannity then bragged how he had contributed to the public support for Bundy.
“In my mind, there’s no doubt that so many people showed up to support you, and I would even argue a little bit that the media coverage that myself and some other people have given to this case played a part in this because none of it made sense,” Hannity stated.