Cliven Bundy is the racist gift that keeps giving: Not satisfied with his buffoonish press conference yesterday afternoon, the former conservative darling and idiot rancher spoke with CNN's Chris Cuomo this morning about dead cows, racism, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. It went about as well as you'd expect.
When asked by Cuomo if he's a racist, Bundy replied, "No, but I did wonder that. I thought about this this morning quite a bit." He went on to explain that his struggle to continue stealing from the federal government wasn't so different from Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights. Or something. Via The Wire's transcript:
I thought about what Reverend Martin Luther King said. I thought about Rosa Park taking her seat at the front of the bus. Reverend Martin Luther King did not want her to take her seat in the front of the bus. That wasn't what he was talking about. He did not say go to the front of the bus and that's where your seat was. What Reverend King wanted was that she could sit anywhere in the bus and nobody would say anything about it. You and I can sit anywhere in the bus. That's what he wanted. That's what I want. I want her to be able to sit anywhere in the bus and I want to be able to sit by her any where in that bus. That's what he wanted. He didn't want this prejudice thing like the media tried to put on me yesterday. I'm not going to put up with that because that's not what he wanted. That's not what I want. I want to set by her anywhere on that bus and I want anybody to be able to do the same thing. That's what he was after, it's not a prejudice thing, but make us equal.
Uh huh. But Bundy wasn't finished.
I took this boot off so I wouldn't put my foot in my mouth with the boot on. Let me see if I can say something. Maybe I sinned and maybe I need to ask forgiveness and maybe I don't know what I actually said. But you know when you talk about prejudice, we're talking about not being able to exercise what we think and our feelings. We're not freedom — we don't have freedom to say what we want. If I call — if I say 'negro' or 'black boy' or 'slave,' I'm — If those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offensive, then Martin Luther King hasn't got his job done yet. They should be able to — I should be able to say those things and they shouldn't offend anybody. I didn't mean to offend them.
Bundy should probably think about never speaking in public again.