Source: Jane C. Timm / MSNBC / theGrio
Embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy didn’t back down from his views on race in a CNN interview Friday morning, saying “no, I’m not a racist” while attempting to invoke the legacies of both Martin Luther KingJr. and Rosa Parks in his defense.
Bundy has been a controversial figure since engaging in a contentious stand-off with the government over $1 million in unpaid grazing fees, racked up after letting his cattle graze on federal lands for years. Republicans swarmed to Bundy’s defense during his tense stand-off with the Bureau of Land Management, but abandoned the rancher after The New York Times exposed his retrograde views on African Americans.
“Now Reverend Martin Luther King did not want her to take her seat in the front of the bus, that’s not what he was talking about,” Bundy told CNN. “What Rev. King wanted was that she could sit anywhere in the bus and no one would say anything about it.”
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