The wife of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has invited Nevada Sen. Harry Reid to visit the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada.
Sen. Reid called the Bundy family out during a Senate speech on Thursday, saying that they are blocking daily efforts by federal officers to protect the scenic Gold Butte area.
Reid proposed a congressional bill in 2013 to create a national conservation area to protect Gold butte and its sandstone ridges and American petroglyphs.
“Because of trouble caused by the Bundys and their pals, the federal employees tasked with safely guarding these antiquities, were prevented from doing their jobs,” Reid said. “These employees have been under constant physical and mental threat for doing what the American people have tasked them to do.”
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Reid also talked about the standoff at wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year that resulted in Bundy's sons being jailed. Reid said that the refuge was taking over "by a dangerous group of militants."
"This particular episode of domestic terrorism has roots in Nevada, I'm sorry to say," said Reid.
Carol Bundy released a video in response to Reid's comments. The video shows various shots of the beauty to be found on the Bundy Ranch and disputed Reid's claims that the land was being abused.
In the video, she says that what Reid is doing is "absolutely horrible" and admits that she is very angry.
She goes on to say that she is angry because Reid seems to think that because her men are in jail, it is okay to come down and take the land that her family has farmed and ranched on for generations.
She then invites Reid to come to the ranch and look her "square in the eye" and call her and her family domestic terrorists. She also challenges Reid to show how her family has abused the land that her family loves.
The video ends with a plea for people to call Reid and tell them how they feel, followed by his contact information.
Cliven Bundy is currently in jail for charges resulting from a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management in 2014. The standoff was a result of the BLM attempting to round up his cattle after Bundy failed to pay grazing fees for many years. The dispute began in 1983 when Bundy declined to renew his permit for cattle grazing on BLM-administered lands near Bunkerville.
The armed standoff lasted for several days.
Bundy was arrested on Feb. 10, 2016, when he went to the assistance of his sons in Oregon.