Ammon Bundy really does think his armed occupation is like Rosa Parks — and women’s liberation
Ammon Bundy really does believe his armed occupation of an Oregon nature preserve compares to the civil disobedience campaign exemplified by Rosa Parks.
Several media outlets fell last week for a phony Twitter post allegedly made by Bundy, the leader of an anti-government militia that took over Malheur National Wildlife Preserve, comparing himself to Parks — who kicked off the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott when she famously refused to give up her seat to a white man and was arrested.
We are doing the same thing as Rosa Parks did. We are standing up against bad laws which dehumanize us and destroy our freedom.
— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
Bundy appeared Sunday on a right-wing “patriot” radio program, “The Common Sense Show,” where he told host David Hodges that he and other militants seized the federal building because they had exhausted every other legal process in their effort to transfer federally owned land to the control of an extralegal group he had set up in Harney County, reported Right Wing Watch.
“There has been a complete exhaustion of prudent methods, including through the courts, including through elected representatives,” said Bundy, who arrived in the county about a month ahead of the takeover and tried to win supporters.
He established a six-member Committee of Safety and a “common law grand jury,” which are based on extralegal “sovereign citizen” concepts that mimic tactics used by American colonists ahead of the Revolutionary War.
“Just as our founders taught, this is the right way to do it,” Bundy said.
Bundy said the armed takeover of federal property — including land, buildings, vehicles and computers — and an attempt to create an unelected shadow government in Harney County were no different than the tactics used by black Americans and women to gain equal rights.
“This is the way in which our founders did it, this is the way in which the black community got their rights, it’s the way in which the women received their rights — and it’s the way in which rights are protected and defended,” Bundy said.
It’s not clear whether Bundy was aware of the phony Twitter account that appeared to compare himself to Parks, but the bogus tweet appears to have been made by a white supremacist intent on hijacking a news event to promote his extremist agenda.
The account was set up by a white Twitter user who calls himself TheSaintNegro29 — who insists he’s not racist but uses a racist Halloween mask as his avatar.
The Twitter user, whose account has been suspended 28 times, also posts racist imagery to criticize Black Lives Matter activists.
White supremacists, including “Daily Stormer” administrator Andrew Anglin, use the phony social media accounts to disrupt and subvert coverage of news events and to deliberately spread misinformation, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
During this fall’s protests at the University of Missouri, Anglin posted false reports about police cooperation with the Ku Klux Klan — which he claimed was “proof” that anti-racist protesters were gullible and untrustworthy.
He was suspended from Twitter, but not before calling for copycats to follow suit.
They did so by creating phony White Student Union pages for various universities and colleges on Facebook, which broadcast racist ideas through mainstream media coverage of the bogus groups.