Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy backed away slightly from previous threats against federal agents during an interview with conservative radio host Alex Jones on Monday, while both expressed their admiration for Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“He is my hero and he supported me and this movement and I appreciate and love him for it,” Bundy said in audio posted by Media Matters. “Support him 100 percent.”
Hannity emerged as Bundy’s most vocal advocate on the conservative news network after Bundy threatened a “range war” against officials with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for attempting to round up more than 900 of his cattle earlier this month. The BLM’s actions, and the ensuing standoff with Bundy and his supporters, — many of whom are armed — stemmed from Bundy’s refusal to pay federal grazing fees fore more than 20 years.
“I want to commend Sean Hannity,” Jones told Bundy. “He’s been really bad on a lot of issues, but he showed a lot of courage doing the right thing here. So I appreciate him being supportive of this. But I think it’s because he’s a former blue-collar worker and understands property rights, and understands that they’ve already ruined everybody else.”
Bundy was on Hannity’s show last week when he told Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), “get your army out of Nevada,” and threatened, “If they come, we’ll deal with them tonight.” But speaking to Jones on Monday, Bundy insisted he did not want “a civil war.”
“We just want ‘Big Government’ [to] calm down here, and we’ll work things out” Bundy told Jones. “But we’re not in a negotiating mood. We’re not going to negotiate with ‘Big Government.’ We’re not going to negotiate with BLM.”
Listen to the conversation, as posted by Media Matters, below.