Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher turned conservative folk hero, joined "New Day" Friday morning to respond to the controversy surrounding comments he made about minorities and the federal government.
During the exchange with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Bundy remained steadfast in his views and used a number of props to emphasize his points, including a dead calf, the Constitution and his own boot.
HERE ARE 4 OF THE MOST EXTREME MOMENTS FROM THE INTERVIEW:
#1) WE GO TO BUNDY AND HE'S HOLDING A DEAD CALF:
CUOMO: Mr. Bundy, I see in your arms that you are holding a dead calf. What happened?
BUNDY: Well, this dead calf died this morning. He's been without his mother two weeks, and we found him - actually Fish and Wildlife people down in Overton, Nevada, found this calf and called us. We picked this calf up last night and tried to save his life. He's been too long without a mother. He's been badly abused - you can see his tongue here. Let me lay the calf down -
CUOMO: That's probably a good idea given it's a little early and a lot of families are watching, Mr. Bundy, so we don't want to upset them too much.
BUNDY: Well, you know they ought to be upset. What's wrong with America? They can't stand a dead calf? We have a lot of dead calves around here. I want to show you these bottles right here. See these bottles right here? They're going to feed calves that their mothers are dead or gone somewhere. In other words, we've got about 27 calves. This dead calf represents only one of many. Americans too darn soft-hearted to see a dead calf?
#2) BUNDY INVOKES DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND ROSA PARKS IN SAYING HE'S NOT RACIST
BUNDY: No, I'm not a racist, but I did wonder that. But let me tell you something. You know, I thought about this this morning quite a bit.
BUNDY: And thought about what Reverend Martin Luther King said. And I thought about Rosa Park and taking her seat at the front of the bus. Now, 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 that nobody would say anything about it. And you and I can sit anywhere in the bus. That's what he wanted. And 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.
And that's what he wanted. He didn't want this prejudiced thing like the media tried to put on me yesterday. And I'm not going to put up with that because that's not what he wanted and that's not what I want. I want to sit by her anywhere in that bus and I want anybody to be able to do the same thing.
That's what he was after, is not a prejudice thing, but make us equal.
#3) BUNDY TAKES HIS BOOT OFF BECAUSE “HE’S PUT HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH”
CUOMO: I understand that Martin Luther King's message was one of peace and freedom, and that when you suggest that you were wondering if blacks were better off as slaves, that that's the opposite of freedom, and very offensive to people. And I think you probably know that.
BUNDY: Well, let me tell you - I took this boot off so I wouldn't put my foot in my mouth with the boot on. But let me see if I can say something.
You know, 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.
#4) BUNDY HOLDS UP A COPY OF THE CONSTITUTION
CUOMO: The Constitution in Article 1 Section 8 and in the Fifth Amendment gives the federal government the right to appropriate and purchase land. Your state constitution recognizes -
BUNDY: For what person? For what purpose?
CUOMO: For purposes it deems appropriate.
BUNDY: For what purpose can they do it?
CUOMO: And it specifically –
BUNDY: No, it don't say that.
CUOMO: Oh, absolutely it does. You should read the book instead of just holding it in your pocket maybe. But when you look at your state constitution, it says that it respects the federal law. And that's why your ranchers, your brother and sister ranchers, pay the fees that you refuse to.
Now you come on the show, you hold up a dead calf and that makes everybody upset. But you should look at yourself for why the calf is dead, because if you paid the fees, this wouldn't have happened. Isn't that a fair point?
BUNDY: No, it's not.
BUNDY: It's not a fair point at all. This is the United States of America. I live in a sovereign state, the State of Nevada, and I abide by all the state laws. And I'll be damned if this is property of the United States. They have no business here. They have no business harassing my cattle, abusing this calf to the point he's dead. They left this calf for two weeks without a mother.
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