Turns Out Twitter Account Is Fake
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UPDATE: Our friends at Gizmodo report that all the news outlets, including us, that reported on Bundy's tweets were suckered: "He's not on Twitter," so he did not compare himself to Rosa Parks. Our apologies.
We're in good company. NY Daily News, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others reported the tweets. In our defense, we have updated our story and those news outlets, along with many others, have not.
For the sake of clarity and posterity, we won't be removing this post or updating its text below, but we have changed the title to be accurate.
Ammon Bundy, who, along with about 20 so-called "militiamen" have been illegally occupying a federal installation in Oregon since Saturday, spent the better part of Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning in a Twitter rant. The 40-year old son of Nevada rancher and anti-government extremist Cliven Bundy repeatedly has stated he has no desire to die for his cause, but is prepared to do so.
He repeated that suggestion again overnight:
Death is softer by far than tyranny. -Aeschylus #CitizensForConstitutionalFreedom— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. - Thomas Jefferson— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
We have remained peaceful. If the authorities raid us unnecessarily we can't guarantee that continues. We are prepared to defend ourselves.— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
Bundy also tweeted a few dramatic statements designed to garner support from a public that is rapidly losing patience for his flailing occupation:
This isn't going to end until we get our public lands back. #CitizensForConstitutionalFreedom— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
That is how America was started and we need to keep that tradition alive. #CitizensForConstitutionalFreedom— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
We came here in protest because of the force and the intimidation that we have seen in this county. #CitizensForConstitutionalFreedom— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
But then Ammon Bundy went way too far, showing just how lost and separated from reality he truly is:
We are doing the same thing as Rosa Parks did. We are standing up against bad laws which dehumanize us and destroy our freedom.— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
That comparison was a huge mistake. Here's how Twitter responded:
@Ammon_Bundy What kind of gun did Rosa Parks use when she stood up by sitting down?— David Evil Overlord (@D_Evil_Overlord) January 6, 2016
@Ammon_Bundy I don't remember Rosa Parks being armed and seizing an unoccupied bus like a coward.— Jesse (@anacanapana) January 6, 2016
Nice try. Rosa Parks didn't hijack a bus with an assault rifle because she didn't want to pay the bus fare. @Ammon_Bundy— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) January 6, 2016
@Ammon_Bundy Rosa Parks was armed with courage. And when she was arrested, she complied with law enforcement. You sir, are NO Rosa Parks.— Afriend InHR (@AfriendInHR) January 6, 2016
@Ammon_Bundy Sorry, you're wrong. Rosa Parks wasn't a TERRORIST like you. She was peaceful. I think you need to read a history book.— Texasartchick (@Texasartchick) January 6, 2016
This is when you realize that you are not dealing with the sharpest tool in the shed. https://t.co/D9YUtXY1ot— Ric Hudgens (@rdhudgens) January 6, 2016
Rosa Parks had to deal with segregation and marginalization because of her race and gender. Ammon Bundy needs to shut up.— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) January 6, 2016
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