Glenn Beck has come under fire for his comments on the Bundy Ranch standoff after he urged peaceful negotiations and the avoidance of any violence.
On Monday, Beck said on his radio show
that he sympathized with Clive Bundy, a cattle rancher who refuses to leave grazing land revoked by the federal government. However, he denounced Bundy's allusions to militias and the threat of an armed confrontation.
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The Raw Story gathered tweets and other social media posts
from people who disagreed.
Beck didn’t budge on his position and said on Tuesday's show that he doesn't need or want fans who advocate for violence.
"If you are somebody that says 'I’m for violence, I am angry and I’m not going to take it anymore, and I’m going to act on that anger,' then I want you to go to my Facebook page and I want you to unfriend me," he said. "I want you to go to my newsletter page and I want you to unsubscribe. I want you to go to TheBlaze TV and I want you to cancel your subscription today."
Beck's comments are in line with other right-leaning outlets like the National Review and Power Line, where columnists also sympathize with Bundy but say that legally "he doesn’t have a leg to stand on."
The federal Bureau of Land Management on Saturday announced it would stand down from the confrontation "because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public."
This prompted Bundy and his family to declare victory. However, the BLM said, "The door isn't closed. We'll figure out how to move forward with this."
Among its extensive and detailed history of the 20-year conflict, The Washington Post reported that many neighbors
also advocated for peaceful resolution.
"I feel that the rule of law supersedes armed militias coming in from all over the country to stand with a law-breaking rancher, which is what he is," one local said.
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