Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

Ammon Bundy spoke kindly of migrant caravans. The reaction in return makes him reassess his followers.

Ammon Bundy poses for a photo at Emmett, Idaho, in October. (Kelsey Gray / Idaho Statesman / AP) Eli Rosenberg Journalist specializing in news coverage covering national news and the latest news. On December 7th at 10:47 pm, Ammon Bundy was back in the news. No, he is not involved in another armed confrontation with the federal government, as he was in 2016 as a leader of an armed takeover in a Oregon wildlife refuge, and two years ago, a similar stalemate over the rights to graze cattle. federal land near his father's ranch in Nevada. Bundy, one of the figureheads of the anti-government sentiment that's reinforced with Donald Trump's rise, made waves last week when he criticized the president for having demonized the caravan of migrants on the southern border. These statements were striking for a personality so closely linked to the libertarian and anti-government right of the country. And on Friday, BuzzFeed News reported that Bundy was "leaving the militia movement" and closing his accounts on social networks because of the violent reaction he had received for his Trump reprimand. The story has had a lot of ink flowing, including: "Ammon Bundy leaves the militia movement in solidarity with Migrant Caravan". Arriving on the phone on Friday, Bundy challenged BuzzFeed's story setting but acknowledged that he was frustrated with some of the elements of the right. groups-wing for which he informally served as leader. "I have never joined a movement," he said. "We were a family of breeders. We were ranching and the government came to take away our livelihood and we said no, it was nothing more. He stated that the only real announcement he had made was that he was disconnecting from Facebook after being surprised by the angry response to his remarks about the caravan. His decision to speak came after his views were solicited on the issue and he sought to do research to find out what he thought about it, he said. "I have been asked several times to different people what I thought of these caravans, and I did not know, to be honest with you. I did not know the facts, "he said. "Then I started doing some research and trying to determine the facts." [Cliven Bundy’s fight against the feds has roots in interpretation of Mormon scripture] His verdict on the caravan, which he had rendered in a 17-minute video at the time, abruptly broke with Trump's aligned orthodoxy on the issue. In the run-up to the mid-term elections, Trump repeatedly reiterated that the caravan was an "invasion", a threat to national security requiring the urgent deployment of thousands of US soldiers. "He basically called them all criminals," Bundy said of Trump in the country. video: "What about fathers, mothers, children who came here and who are willing to go through the asylum application process to be able to enter this country and benefit from the fact of do not have to be continually oppressed by criminals? "Bundy, whose selective interpretation of Mormonism by the family underpins the anti-government vision of its members, said his views on migrants were partly motivated by his religion, he criticized the media coverage of the caravan, influenced by supporters, left and right, and claimed that the migrants were paid by the liberal philanthropist George Soros or that the terrorists in their ranks were "a band of Garbage. "The reaction was swift.Some former supporters who had visited his father's ranch in 2014 during the armed confrontation with federal agents, expressed regret, according to BuzzFeed. Others went further, accusing Bundy of being paid by "globalists". His page was full of comments criticizing his position. "The facts were rejected," Bundy told the Washington Post. "I could only see 99% of that was the same Trump rhetoric to call all these people terrorists. And they had chosen an isolated problem, and they said, "Oh, look, 40 of them charge the border, so all 5,000 are bad." … These refugees are not all the same. They did not come from the same places. They did not even come from the same country. " [Ammon Bundy breaks with Trump on anti-migrant rhetoric: ‘It’s all fear-based’] Sam Jackson, assistant professor at the University of Albany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, who studies extreme right-wing extremism, says he is a student at the University of California. is asked if Trump's treatment of migrants was too close to a story that seems too close for Mormons such as Bundy. In the United States, followers of the religion were persecuted in the 1800s before seeking a new home in a part of North America that was then outside the country's borders: present-day Utah. "They identify overseas," Jackson said. In his interview with The Post, Bundy stated that he felt smeared by "liberals" in a manner similar to that experienced by migrants. "They have grouped all the groups of hatred and militia – they basically said that anyone who came to help the Bundys is a violent and anti-government militia," he said. "We are all individuals. We all make different choices. We all have agency power. "Mr. Jackson said Bundy's remarks could blur Bundy's impasse in the eyes of anti-government groups and militias, sometimes referred to as the patriotic movement. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the "Patriotic Movement is a group of extremist movements and groups affiliated with the United States, whose ideologies are centered on the anti-government theories of conspiracy." government, members of various groups – militias, sovereign citizens, anti-Muslim activists – unite with the family to oppose what they had all agreed to be an overbreadth from the federal government. Bundy has expressed some reluctance about his role as a symbol for these groups in recent months. In October, he told The Associated Press that he hoped to spend more time with his wife and their six children. "I will always have someone who calls me," Bundy said. "Life has never been the same, in a good and difficult way. I think it will take years and years to dissolve a bit. Support from militia groups, who rallied to support armed clashes, in 2014 at Bundy's father's Nevada ranch, Cliven, and in 2016 at the National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, helped raise awareness of the issues that the Bundys represent to a wider audience. Bundy said that he does not expect that to change. "I'm sure that if they attack us again, we would have even more people and we would be even stronger, because they would be there for the right reasons: to defend the property rights, the family and, basically, what this country was based on, "he said.He told The Post that the closure of his social network did not indicate that he would stop fighting for what he believes. the free governments, the people own the land and the resources.It's the battle, "he says." I have every intention of launching the BLM [Bureau of Land Management] and the Forest and Fish & Wildlife Service, located quite to the west, so that people can be free. Do not think that we will alleviate that. Nevertheless, he admits that his decision to challenge Republican orthodoxy has weighed heavily. Bundy has made speeches in front of a right-wing public in recent years, on topics such as gun rights and the environment. In April, he told an audience in Modesto, California, that environmentalists were trying to "totally destroy the happiness of human life." He stated that the Bible dictates "what are the animals for, what is the grass for, the trees for, what is the fruit for?", And shared an unsubstantiated theory that the water is regenerating on the earth with asteroid ice, according to Modesto Bee. Bundy said his speeches could be hurt because of his remarks about migrants. "I will probably not be invited a lot," he said. Nevertheless, he said, he was delighted to be released from maintaining his Facebook page, on which he had more than 20,000 subscribers, and to leave social media in general. 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