If you have not heard, Cliven Bundy is protesting against the “racist” label by doubling-down on the racist thing that he said, with an assist from former Breitbart.com writer Dana Loesch. We now present the day’s best reactions to Cliven Bundy’s racist remarks and analyses of the problem he has become for conservatives, in no particular order.
Just wait. #ClivenBundy will be talking to a cow instead of a chair as featured speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
— Chernynkaya (@Chernynkaya) April 24, 2014
- The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nahesi Coates says that modern conservatism “just can’t quit white supremacy“
- The Wire is keeping a list of all of Cliven Bundy’s supporters, “now that we know he’s a pro-slavery racist“
- ThinkProgress notes how some conservatives, especially Rick Perry, seem a bit slow about this no-brainer
- Salon’s Joan Walsh thinks that it is too late for Roger Ailes and the GOP to back away
- Isaiah Carter calls Bundy “a Section 8 plantationist“
Anyone who stands by #ClivenBundy for one second longer is a disgusting little racist too.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 24, 2014
- New York magazine writer Johnathan Chait has taken flack in recent weeks for disambiguating the struggle against racism from the confrontation of conservative ideas. Now he succinctly explains why it is important to isolate the extremism from the politics
- Tommy Christopher of The Daily Banter destroys the “black family” myth at the heart of Bundy’s nonsense about slavery
- At DailyKos, Joan McCarter offers an alternative icon for Western rancher values. DailyKos is also collecting a petition “to collect every cent deadbeat Cliven Bundy owes,” and very close to their goal of 100,000 signatures
— John Conner (@MotorCityLib) April 24, 2014
- Jonathan Capehart notes how common Bundy’s actual thinking actually is among actual Republican politicians (Edit: so does Jamelle Bouie)
- Actual rancher Gene Lyons explains why Cliven Bundy is actually being a terrible rancher
- Sean Hannity has condemned Bundy’s remarks, bemoaning the lost momentum for proponents of “eminent domain abuse” issues. And of course, ‘both sides do it’ etc
Video: Chris Hayes talks to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Adding: to snuff denialism on social media, Media Matters has obtained video of Bundy’s remarks.