Extremist Lauded by TX Legislator as a 'Brave Patriot' Wonders if 'Negroes' Better Off as 'Slaves, Picking Cotton'

by Dan Quinn

It turns out that the Nevada anti-government extremist lauded recently by Texas state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, as a “brave patriot” has some pretty offensive things to say about African Americans.

Earlier this month hundreds of armed, anti-government “militia” activists converged on Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada. They did so to support Bundy, who has been illegally grazing his cattle on federal land for more than 20 years. Bundy has refused to pay any fees or obey court orders to stop grazing his cattle on the land. In fact, he claims Nevada is sovereign and has said “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing.

Bundy’s militia supporters bullied federal agents into halting an effort to round up Bundy’s illegally grazing cattle. Like moths drawn to a flame, right-wing activists and politicians like Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party hero, rushed to express their support for Bundy. Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, tweeted his own criticism of the federal Bureau of Land Management (but not the armed extremists) in the case:

The Bureau of Land Management needs to be defunded. Prime case of bureaucrats abusing power .

But Riddle’s comments about Bundy and the federal government were among the most outrageous. On her Facebook page she called Bundy a “brave patriot” and denounced federal agents enforcing the law as “jack booted thugs.”

Now, however, it looks like Bundy’s racial views are as repugnant as his anti-government extremism. From a story in today’s New York Times (emphasis added):

[Bundy] said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “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. 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?” he asked. “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.”

Jaw-dropping, yes?

Still think Bundy is a “great patriot,” Rep. Riddle?

Riddle is a right-winger’s right-winger. As you might recall, she once attacked public education as an idea “from Moscow” and “straight out of the pit of hell.” Despite hating government so much, however, she keeps running for re-election. She just won her Republican Primary for a seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives. She qualifies for a legislative pension at the end of her time in office.