Jerry DeLemus, a Trump campaign official and the husband of New Hampshire state Rep. Susan DeLemus, has arrived in Burns, Oregon — where some of his associates have taken over a visitors center at Malheur National Wildlife Reserve.
DeLemus met many of the participants, including ringleader Ammon Bundy, when he traveled cross-country to take part in the armed standoff with federal agents at the Bundy ranch in Nevada, and social media posts show he has maintained ties to the militants who took over the federal building.
In the meantime, DeLemus has taken an official role with Trump’s campaign, taken part in CNN focus groups about the candidate and organized the infamous rally where Trump failed to correct a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim.
Donald Trump was finally asked late Wednesday about the standoff, where he joined most other Republican candidates in calling for the militants to stand down.
“You have to maintain law and order, no matter what,” the Republican frontrunner said.
Another co-chair of the Veterans for Trump group said he had not spoken to DeLemus about the standoff, but he said Trump could probably resolve it peacefully and quickly.
“I have no doubts a President Trump would seek a rational resolution to the situation, while carefully finding and dealing with the root cause,” Dan Tamburello, a Veterans for Trump co-chair and also a New Hampshire state representative. “Donald Trump is the world’s greatest negotiator; he would be fully capable of bringing things to a just conclusion considering all parties and the law.”
DeLemus apparently arrived with a videographer Wednesday night in Oregon, where he plans to meet with militants and help them sort out rumors circulating about various participants.
Brian “Booda” Cavalier, an Arizona tattoo artist who served as a bodyguard for the Bundys during the previous standoff, has left the nature preserve after the Daily Mail reported he had been lying about serving as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Some of the militants also suspect Cavalier might be working as a federal informant.
“I have seen some of the posts regarding Booda, Blaine (Cooper) and Ryan Payne (and) I will try to get to the bottom of all this scuttlebutt,” DeLemus said in a Facebook post announcing his arrival.
DeLemus said he intended to meet with Cliven Bundy’s sons who are leading the standoff to determine what security measures should be implemented to “get them and others home safely.”
“As this thing drags on it becomes more dangerous,” he warned.
DeLemus served as chief of security during the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, where he personally asked Jerad and Amanda Miller to leave — about two months before they gunned down two Las Vegas police officers and then died in a shootout with police.
He warned militia participants and their supporters to beware of misinformation about the Oregon standoff, suggesting the government was conducting psychological warfare against the militants.
“We must be level headed and remember there is a psyops happening as well and all who were at Bunkerville know well what I’m talking about,” DeLemus said.