Ammon Bundy, a far-right anti-government activist and militia figure, announced his candidacy for governor of Idaho in yet another sign of the right-wing political lean in the rural, Republican-dominated state.
The activist Stetson uses said he wants to defend Idaho from President “Joe Biden and those in the Deep State who control him” because “they are going to try to take away our gun rights, freedom of religion, parental rights and more and more”. they further violate the Constitution in unimaginable ways, even more than they already have. “
There is little evidence to support Bundy’s sentiments, which reflect paranoid ideas common to the American far right. Idaho, which has long had a tradition of anti-government and pro-military sentiment, is seen as one of the most right-wing Republican states in the US, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen groups right-wing fight against health. measures such as wearing masks.
Bundy and his family gained fame in 2014, when they became involved in an armed confrontation with agents from the Bureau of Land Management on their Bunkerville, Nevada ranch amid a dispute over his father Cliven Bundy’s refusal to pay fees. grazing.
Ammon, his brother Ryan, and Cliven Bundy were charged and served time in jail, but were later acquitted.
It gained further recognition in 2016 for a protest at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, part of a campaign to force the federal government to hand over public lands to the states.
Bundy was arrested twice last year at the Idaho state capitol after leading a march to protest Idaho’s stay-at-home order and was later charged with criminal trespass for disrupting a meeting of the state legislature. In April of this year, he was arrested again for a similar encounter. He pleaded not guilty in one case and has yet to plead guilty in the second.
Bundy filed documents last month outlining plans to execute. You will probably face the competition. Current Idaho Governor Brad Little, Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin and four other Republicans Jeff Cotton, Edward Humphreys, Lisa Marie and Cody Usabel have also submitted documents.
But Idaho Republican Party Chairman Tom Luna said this month that Bundy is not welcome in the Republican ranks. KTVB reported, pointing to the fact that Bundy did not register as a Republican earlier at the time he submitted initial campaign documentation.
“Furthermore, we do not support their antics or their chaotic political theater,” Luna said. “That is not the Idaho Republican Party, and we will not turn a blind eye to their behavior.”
In his campaign launch video, Bundy drew attention to his long battle with the federal government over the use of government lands, which make up about two-thirds of the state. Its platform is to eliminate property and income taxes, federal control over land, and public health mandates.
In the campaign launch video, Bundy also touched on his repeated conflicts with the government.
“We cannot afford to have state leadership that allows the federal government to intimidate or trample us. And it’s an unfair fight, when the federal government attacks illegally, people believe me, I know it as my family and I experienced it first hand, when we were illegally attacked by federal officials at our family ranch in Nevada in 2014, ”said Bundy .
“But we did not back down, and fortunately like-minded patriots across the country supported us as we fought against federal tyranny to protect our land and our rights.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism