[COMMENTARY] Far-Right Activist Ammon Bundy Announces Run for Idaho Governor

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What will his slogan be, “A Molon Labe in Every Pot”? “Speak Softly and Come and Take My Big Stick”? Or maybe he’ll just keep it simple with an “All White is Alt-Right”.

Far-right anti-government activist and militia figure Ammon “You Can’t Call Me Al” Bundy has announced a bid to run for Governor of Idaho in a further sign of the state adopting even more right-wing politics in the rural and Republican-dominated state.

The Stetson-wearing activist said he wants to defend Idaho from “Joe Biden and those in the Deep State that control him” because they “are going to try to take away our gun rights, freedom of religion, parental rights, and more and further violate the constitution in unimaginable ways even more than they’ve already done.”

Ok, big guy.

Bundy and his family gained fame in 2014, when they engaged in an armed standoff with Bureau of Land Management agents at their Bunkerville, Nevada, ranch amid a dispute over his father Cliven Bundy’s refusal to pay grazing fees. Ammon, brother Ryan (who clearly won the First Name Lottery in that family), and Cliven Bundy were indicted and served jail time but were later acquitted.

Ammon gained further recognition in 2016 over a protest at the Malheur national wildlife refuge – part of a campaign to force the federal government to turn public land over to states. He was arrested twice last year at Idaho’s state capitol after leading a march to protest Idaho’s stay-at-home order and later charged with criminal trespass for disrupting a meeting of the state legislature. In April this year, he was arrested again over a similar encounter. He has pleaded not guilty in one case and has not yet entered a plea in the second.

A quick check of Idaho’s demographics shows that Bundy will most likely have overwhelming support for his conspiracy theory-laden political agenda:

  • White: 89.97%
  • Other race: 3.47%
  • Two or more races: 2.94%
  • Asian: 1.41%
  • Native American: 1.35%
  • Black or African American: 0.69%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.16%

Going to work might prove tough for Bundy should he actually win the Governorship, though.





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