Much of the right wing news media embraced Cliven Bundy, especially prior to his alleged "racist comments" . After that many started scattering like dust in the wind.. However, the folks at The Wire have developed a pretty good list of those that did.... check out excerpts below
- U.S. Sen. Dean Heller What he said then: Last week, during a debate with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Heller said that he thought the Bundy ranchers were patriots. “What Sen. Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots,”
- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott What he said then: Abbott didn't come out in defense of Bundy so much as his ideas — he used the media attention surrounding the Bundy stand off to highlight federal land claims in his home state. "I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,"
- Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore What she said then: Nevada's Democrats were quick to call out all the local Republicans who supported Bundy, including Cresent Hardy, Niger Innis, Adam Laxalt and Michele Fiore. Fiore spoke with both Sean Hannity on Fox News and Chris Hayes on MSNBC to argue the Bundy cause. Hayes spoke with Fiore over video, as she was attending the Bundy ranch barbecue.
- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul What he said then: Like Abbott, Paul focused more on the policy issue. "There is a legitimate constitutional question here about whether the state should be in charge of endangered species or whether the federal government should be," Paul told Fox News earlier this week. "But I don't think name calling is going to calm this down," he added, referring to Reid's "domestic terrorists" remark.
- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz What he said then: On Tuesday, Ted Cruz called the Bundy standoff the "the unfortunate and tragic culmination of the path that President Obama has set the federal government on.” He added that the reason he believed the story was "resonating" was that the Obama administration has put American liberty "under assault...we have seen our constitutional liberties eroded under the Obama administration."
- Texas Governor Rick Perry What he said then: On Wednesday, Perry gave a mild defense of the broader issues driving the Bundy standoff: "I have a problem with the federal government putting citizens in the position of having to feel like they have to use force to deal with their own government," he told Fox News. What he's saying now: Perry declined to denounce Bundy's remarks,
- 2012 Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain What he said then: Cain sympathized with Bundy, because the government was trying to intimidate him. "The complicated nature of the law is a huge problem here, as it is when we deal with things like tax law," Cain wrote on his website last week. "That’s why I have sympathy for Mr. Bundy. His issue with the BLM reminds me of one I had 20 years ago with the IRS."