Cliven Bundy Supporter Arizona Lawmaker Bob Thorpe Also Blasted for Racial Comments

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Left to right: Representatives Bob Thorpe and Kelly Townsend, Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Livingston, and others.


By now, you've probably heard about the case of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who refuses to pay grazing fees and who is backed by an armed militia.

The story took an interesting twist Wednesday when Bundy made racist remarks against black people, causing some people who previously had treated him as a hero for the conservative cause to distance themselves from Bundy. Bundy's comments also reminded us of something -- one of his most ardent supporters, an Arizona lawmaker, was just under fire less than a year ago for making racially charges comments about black people.

See also:
-Bob Thorpe Concerned About Black Issues (and Not in a Good Way)

According to the New York Times, here's what Bundy said during his latest daily press conference:
"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, "and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids -- and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch -- they didn't have nothing to do. They didn't have nothing for their kids to do. They didn't have nothing for their young girls to do.

"And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?" he asked. "They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I've often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn't get no more freedom. They got less freedom."
Before these comments, five Arizona lawmakers found Bundy so inspirational that they all took a trip up to Nevada to show their support -- Republican Representatives Bob Thorpe, David Livingston, and Kelly Townsend, as well as Republican Senators Judy Burges and Kelli Ward. Republican U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona also was present.

Bundy's comments reminded us of comments Thorpe made on Twitter in August. Coincidentally, Thorpe also made several comments about black people, which multiple Democratic lawmakers and at least one local black activist found very offensive.

In one tweet, he posted a picture include the mugshots of the black teenagers, and the text, "Florida school bus, three 15 yr (sic) old blacks beat 13 yr old white boy, where's the liberal press, the racial outcry now?"

He also voiced his support for a rodeo stunt in Missouri, in which a rodeo clown donned an Obama mask, as rodeo organizers released a bull to chase after the Obama-masked man, while announcing that Obama's a clown and the bull was going to "stomp" Obama.

In yet another tweet, Thorpe said Attorney General Eric Holder, who's black, might be "soft on crime" because a large proportion of the U.S. prison population is black.

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After New Times and others reported the reaction others had to Thorpe's comments, he locked down his Twitter account, and eventually deleted it, before starting anew.

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136 comments
Dave
Dave

It doesn't take much thinking to see how crazy the extreme right are!  They have found their leader!  They are out there with automatic assault rifles and snipers facing off against the federal government who are out there simply trying to do their jobs!  They should be drone striked to a pile of dust!

Eugene A D Foster
Eugene A D Foster

Is there any real proof? Or are there just a bunch of coward's just jumping on the bandwagon. Grow balls if you have a problem with Bundy stop hugging your tree and go do something about it!

Daron Nikki Petit
Daron Nikki Petit

Hearsay? lol- No, look at a map of Nevada! The feds force you and I to be financially responsible for 25% of US soil, 80% of NEvada soil, and 90% of Clark County soil. Then they charge us a ransom for it's use, and reduce access.

Daron Nikki Petit
Daron Nikki Petit

Who is picking heros? I haven't seen a single person use that word besides you.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

The GOP really knows how to pick their "Heros" and Politicans that give our state a bad image and name. *smh

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Sorry! but "FACTS" are not propaganda. Maybe you'd know the difference if you didn't watch Fox News.

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

This is a racist jerk...Arizona is a Good state. I lived there for 25 yrs...oh..check out who commits 90% of the crime there...Not racist....Fact...

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

For many, many years, "negro" was the accepted term for blacks by both whites and blacks. MLK used the term negro often. For the older generation, negro is the word that was used when they were younger, and knowing it doesn't make them racist. Negro is not an insult, nigger is. African-American is stlll commonly used and many people do not like that term either.

Puttin Em On Blast
Puttin Em On Blast

Ah, great point. Truly bundy meant respect when he said " the negro " The Jasons of this post are a step slow

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

From The draft dodging pedophile Ted Nugent, to this racist government mooching rancher. The Right Wing really knows how to pick their "Heros".

Ian Wolf Russell
Ian Wolf Russell

You people need to educate yourselves the man never said one word of what's being portrayed by the media. And Arizona is probably one if the least racist states in the union. Liberal media is playing you all

Brian Ward
Brian Ward

If people keep believing what the liberal media says without doing their own research they will just continue to show proof of their ignorance of the truth.

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

@Shawn Actually Fox News,your heroes showed the SAME thing,That he made racist comments.Duh..Get a freakin clue

Jacob Dietz
Jacob Dietz

Anyone who listened the unedited interview wouldn't be reiterating the hatchet job edit that the NYT produced as Mr. Bundy was actually praising minorities, but I guess it's just more fun to call somebody a racist instead of actually listening to their extremely poignant points on the many failed liberal policies that have kept blacks and other minorities down and continue to do so. I think Alan Keyes said it best when commenting on all the sudden racist backlash surrounding Mr. Bundy: "He wasn’t talking so much about black folks, but about the harm and damage that the leftist socialism has done to blacks."

Whitney Taylor
Whitney Taylor

Well, now I see why people have called Arizona one of the most racist states around.

Jeff Richmond
Jeff Richmond

This is a perfect example of crooked liberal media editing the truth into a lie

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I said why isn't the militia helping them? Can you not comprehend what you read?

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

....but the federal government is ours. Sooo who's land is it? The Feds instituted a fee for grazing, and as a good, subservient doobie he should pay. Of course, perhaps, he'd be out of business like so many other ranchers (from what I understand..) but that is irrelevant, right? Oh(!), Bundy may be a lot of things, but an IDIOT is not one of them. Sophisticated and contemporary? No. Able to raise cattle and feed people while making a living(?), yes.

Cheryl Perez
Cheryl Perez

Originally, how did his family get the land ?

Daron Nikki Petit
Daron Nikki Petit

A military man longing to lock people up for speech. Pathetic

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

Anyone who looks to that site for "truth" is a racist Samuel. He said it alright and worse. Wake the f up and quit being a d-bag.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

He's not only not PC he's a complete idgit.

Daron Nikki Petit
Daron Nikki Petit

Speaking of facts- He didn't sign the contract. The feds control 80-90% of Nevada's land and is reducing the permits.

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

"You're", not "your"...don't make the comments section look bad! But all the racists should be voted out for sure.

Cody Everett
Cody Everett

Don't care about your discussion, but newtimes was always liberal, they use to be about local music, art, and positive things in the local community I miss those days

Rob No Bull
Rob No Bull

Liberals have not and WILL NOT take away my right to read what I want.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

You can find those things on many different sites.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The collective IQ of these teatards doesn't reach triple digits.



Kurt Kreiger
Kurt Kreiger

Every time there is a national race "situation" lately--- somehow there is an AZ link to it.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Even PBS showed the unedited video. Every word was spoken. I think he's just an ignorant cowpoke and possibly not a racist.

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