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Cliven Bundy Invokes MLK Jr. To Defend Use Of “Negro,” “Slave”

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Cliven Bundy says that if people are still offended by his use of derogatory racial terms, “then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet.” The Nevada rancher, who recently led a standoff with the federal government and became a conservative celebrity, invoked the civil rights leader after repeatedly suggesting that black people were better off under slavery.

“I took this boot off so I wouldn’t put my foot in my mouth with the boot on,” Bundy said while being interviewed on CNN, after literally removing his boot. “When you talk about prejudice, we’re talking about not being able to exercise what we think.

“If I say ‘Negro’ or ‘black boy’ or ‘slave,’ if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be [offended], then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet,” he added. “We need to get over this prejudice stuff.”

Host Chris Cuomo had asked Bundy about his beliefs in relation to those of Dr. King. Bundy claims that he is being discriminated against himself if others are offended by what he says.

Bundy became a media sensation recently during an armed standoff with federal officials trying to seize his cattle after the rancher used federal land for decades without paying grazing fees. Bundy declared that he does not recognize the US government. He was soon aided by armed militias and like-minded supporters, and received the vocal support of conservative leaders like Sen. Rand Paul and Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Most of these leaders have denounced Bundy’s recent comments.

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