In 2014, there was an armed standoff at a ranch in Nevada when the Bureau of Land Management tried to enforce longstanding laws regarding grazing fees on public lands. Now some of the names that hit headlines during that encounter and its aftermath are coming up again, in other contexts and with unexpected associations.
Vox has a thorough explainer of the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff, but to sum it up briefly, Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, and others associated with them, held off Federal agents at gunpoint until the government backed down.
Ammon Bundy followed this up with a 2016 armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, during which one of his associates, Robert ‘LeVoy’ Finicum, was shot by law enforcement. Now Finicum and Bundy are both making headlines again, for disparate reasons.
According to TimCast, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on Finicum’s behalf, accusing the Burea of Land Management, the state of Oregon, and a list of other entities, including several individual law enforcement officers, of “conspir[ing] with each other and together, to cause LaVoy Finicum’s harm and ultimate death.”
Meanwhile, Ammon Bundy went on to speak against the Trump Administration, calling the then-president out for anti-immigrant rhetoric, eventually announcing he was leaving the militia movement and distancing himself from so-called “patriot” groups because he said people on the right had become so “fanatically loyal” to Trump that they couldn’t handle any opposition to him, The Hill reported in 2018.
Now, Bundy is one of 8 Republicans in the 2022 race for Idaho Governor, and he’s gotten an endorsement from a perhaps-surprising source: Trump loyalist, Roger Stone.
In a bizarre move even for Roger Stone, he comes out and endorses Ammon Bundy for ID Governor. Bundy has been federally indicted twice (but acquitted), and also arrested multiple times at the state Capitol. Roger says Bundy will provide “tough new leadership.” pic.twitter.com/dQQLz6b17bSee Also
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 17, 2021
With Bundy on the campaign trail, especially with this high-profile endorsement, and Finicum’s wrongful death lawsuit hitting at the same time, the whole series of events is coming up in discourse anew — and it’s likely we’ll be seeing these names for a while again.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com