Militia Leader Vows To Defend Lockdown Violators

Talking Points Memo reports:

Anti-government extremist Ammon Bundy led a meeting where he agitated for Idahoans to physically defy the state’s stay-at-home order, which is meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bundy is perhaps best known for leading the armed, 10-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016. But these days he’s threatening to rise up against the public health measures to ward off COVID-19.

“The right to travel is not theirs to take,” Bundy announced to the crowd. “The right to assemble is not theirs to take. The right to worship how and when and where we want is not theirs to take.” If a business owner decides to keep their business open in violation of the state order, Bundy said, he would organize a group to “surround them and protect them.” In American history, Bundy argued, dying for liberty’s sake had been celebrated.

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