I donât remember the same outrage and blaming of politicians and protesters back in June when two âPatriotsâ left the Bundy Battlefield and ambushed and killed two Las Vegas police officers.
This is my first diary, I been visiting DKos daily for a quite a while, but never posted a diary before. Also, my time is limited, so I may not be able to keep up with comments, but I'll try.
Edit 12/23 10:35pm CST: Wow! Rec list! Thanks! It had to happen on a day where I had zero time to do anything but skim headlines. This diary would not have been possible if not for the work of several DK diarists who had covered the antics on the Bundy compound in detail this past spring, especially TeamSarah4Choice, who covered these "mentally unbalanced people who are allowed to stay there with weapons" in detail. If it were not for those diarists, I would not have known about any of this to be able to see the similarity of the two killings and the completely hypocritical reactions by the media and conservative politicians.
Edit 12/24: Moved the rest of the 12/23 edit to comments
Quite the contrary, as soon as it was found that the killers were on the Bundy Battlefield, the media put distance between them, the Bundy protests and the Tea Party as well as right wing militias. Hardly a mention was made of the connection after Ammon Bundy told the media:
Jerad and Amanda Miller did not "align themselves" with the April protestâs main issues, Ammon Bundy told The Associated Press.
"Not very many people were asked to leave," he said. "I think they may have been the only ones"
The killers left a Gadsden flag drapped over the cops bodies with a note that read "The revolution is beginning".
But the link to the Tea Party movement was also downplayed as the act of two deranged individuals who do not represent the entire Tea Party movement.
Soon. More evidence emerged that the cop killers hated the government and the police.
But no one called for the politicians and media figures who fueled the Tea Party and Bundy Revolutionâs anti-government rhetoric for these two cops deaths to resign.
Las Vegas PD did not turn their backs on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller and other conservative politicians who publicly supported Bundy and his heavily-armed, government-hating militia.
In fact, Fox News barely mentioned the killings. No other network mentioned it very much by midweek. There certainly was no hand wringing over Republican politicians support for The Cliven Bundy Show.
The media downplayed the connection for the ones who actually had contact with and lived with the main figure in their protest. One even gave an interview to local TV News stating his support for media hero Cliven Bundy. But they are downplayed as being too radical for the people at the Bundy protest and were asked to leave.
In the other case, the media immediately links the cop killer to the protesters in the other incident because the killer made an Instagram post that mentioned the main figures in the protest. Even tho he never met Mike Brown or Eric Gardner or their families, let alone lived on their property and ate their food or gave interviews on their behalf from their backyards.
The media bought Ammon Bundyâs bullshit about the couple being licked off the ranch because they were too radical. However, interviews with people at the ranch have stated they were plenty of crazies on the ranch and no one was asked to leave for being too radical. The story that has stuck in the media is the one about them being too radical, even tho Ammon Bundy himself said "Not very many people were asked to leave," he said. "I think they may have been the only onesâ
Itâs hard to be more radical, degranged and paranoid than the people in charge at the Bundy compound.
As you can see in this video, the cop killers were not the only ones asked to leave the Bundy battlefield. This video, from the âmentally unbalanced people who are allowed to stay thereâ, was made about a month before the Vegas cop killings, shows the Bundy battlefield commanders discussing the Oath Keepers who had just been kicked out for being spies for the Obama Administration.
Here is the Oath Keepers response:
RHODES: (38:4) The problem is there are a few, a small handful of complete nuts who are not kicked off the property .... My point is, is that there are true -- like mentally imbalanced people who are allowed to stay there with weapons. And those are the ones who threatened to shoot my guys. Those are the guys who went running back to their -- their truck and got an AR and came runnin back to draw on my guy until they run away. He could-a shot him but he didn't. They're the ones who are putting their hands on their guns like this and posturing and going into a gun-fighter claw [holds right hand over gun in side holster with fingers in claw shape
RHODES: ... wild crazy guys who brought this Little Dog from Arizona and we told Jerry 'look man you gotta get him out of this camp, this guy's nuts.' The refusal to take him out and so from the very beginning you've had this -- this ticking time-bomb with some nutbags frankly they're in the camp runnin-a-muck.
RHODES: ... now when Bidler [old man] was dropped on his butt-- John Bidler-- another guy -- some Mountain Man militia guy put his hand on his gun and said "I dare ya to draw -- draw Mother Fucker I'm gonna kill ya." I'm sorry to cuss but that's what he said. So they were being threatened. Guys with hands on their guns threatening them. That's why we told them [Steve & John] to get out of there. We knew the situation was this close [signals an inch] from being a gun fight. Right there inside the camp.
RHODES: ...One of our guys from Montana, Rick Delapp, who was there from the beginning he's been out there for 2 weeks in the dirt. The day of this confrontation [with Steve & John Bidler] I come to find out he [Rick Delapp] had to draw on somebody. Two of the Mountain men guys came up to him -- were aggressing on him. Then one of them ran back to his vehicle and grabbed an AR and came back with an AR in his hand and Rick had to draw on him. And those two ran off. That was this close [hand signals an inch] from Rick having to shoot that ding-a-ling. If that guy had raised his barrel, Rick would have had no choice but to shoot him.
And more here from the same video:
So, not only were other people asked to leave the ranch, those people state that they were concerned that they had given tons of ammo to âmentally imbalanced people who are allowed to stay thereâ.
Now, this is coming from some mentally unbalanced people, so for them to be saying that the people still on the Bundy Ranch in May were mentally unbalancedâ¦ wellâ¦
Hereâs why the Oath Keepers originally claimed they left the Bundy Battlefield and why the Good Olâ Boys still on the ranch accused them of âleaving a man behind on the battlefieldâ and âturning tail and runningâ.
Yep, thatâs right folks, the good olâ. God-Fearinâ¢, Gun-Luvin, Freedum and Liburty loving Patriots down on the Bundy Ranch got some good intel that Eric Holder ordered a drone strike on the Bundy Battlefield.
What battlefield are they talking about?
The enemy is on the other side of the fence. Youâll notice that those are mostly Nevada Highway Patrol officers who one of our Patriots had said: âIâve got a clear shot at four of themâ
Jack shit crazy stuff, yet the Las Vegas cop killers have were too radical for these guys so there is no connection what-so-ever to the Tea Party or the Bundy protests?
But in the media today we hear that Obama has âengaged in âpropagandaâ encouraging people to âhate the policeââ with no credible link what-so-ever of the NYC killer to anyone connected to the police brutality protests.
Edit: I forgot a link to the Jared Miller TV News interview on the Bundy Battlefield:
Edit 2: Was a Republican Party official at the Militia leader meeting? What does this lady say after she apologizes for being late? Is it "I had canceled the Republican meeting from last weekend so those guys could be here"?