Just one day after his father, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, declared the Bundy Ranch standoff is “not over,” Rory Reid appeared on a local NBC affiliate to express his desire to see patriarch Cliven Bundy prosecuted.
The stalemate between federal Bureau of Land Management agents and the ranching family came to a head Saturday when hundreds of protesters showed up in support of the Bundys. Armed officers threatened the assembly of cowboys and state militia members after employing physical attacks against members of the Bundy family.
BLM action stemmed from the accusation that Bundy failed to pay grazing fees for his cattle over the past two decades. Regardless of the alleged crime, however, millions of Americans were incensed by the excessive force displayed by federal agents on the scene.
As the standoff continued, reports surfaced that both Reids possibly had a vested interest – i.e., the establishment of a lucrative solar farm in the county – in seeing the family and its cattle removed from the ranch. Though Sen. Reid remained silent throughout much of the controversy, he weighed in Monday with his declaration that “[w]e can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.”
Rory followed suit with his comments Tuesday.
“We believe in a country in which we are subject to laws and you can’t just ignore the laws we don’t like,” he asserted, concluding that “he should be prosecuted.”
According to the younger Reid, Cliven Bundy is “not a victim and he’s not a hero.”
He stated that there are “hundreds of ranchers throughout Nevada that conduct their profession honorably.”
Cliven Bundy, however, believes the federal government is trying to force the ranching industry to disappear. He claims there were once 52 ranches surrounding his in Clark County. Now, he said, he stands alone. The BLM, along with its fee demands, have reportedly put them all out of business.
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