After what many considered a victory over increasingly tyrannical federal authorities, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Monday that the embattled Bundy family can expect to face even more government backlash.
The Bureau of Land Management finally backed down Saturday after a nearly weeklong standoff between federal agents and the Clark County, Nev. ranching family. The Bundys were accused of failing to pay years of grazing fees for cattle that had roamed the federal land used by the family for more than a century.
After a tense showdown between numerous cowboys, state militia members, and other patriotic protesters, the BLM decided to leave the property and return hundreds of head of cattle rounded up over the preceding days.
While this move was heralded as a big win against the federal government’s use of force in the matter, Reid concluded that the action against the Bundy family is “not over.”
Though the ties are speculative, some have attempted to connect Reid and his son to the ongoing battle, suggesting he has a vested interest in Clark County property due to a stake in a proposed solar farm. Due to this controversy, however tenuous, some did not expect such a direct comment from the senator.
“We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it,” he said, reiterating the fact that “it’s not over.”
A number of supporters who remained at the ranch agree with Reid’s assessment and vow to remain on the site in anticipation of further federal action.
“I feel sorry for any federal agents that want to come in here and push us around or anything like that,” said protester Jarad Miller. “I really don’t want violence toward them; but if they’re going to come bring violence to us, well, if that’s the language they want to speak, we’ll learn it.”
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