Bundy stands by his 'Negro' comments

 

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Thursday stood by the controversial comments he made about African-Americans that drew harsh criticism from Republicans who had previously backed his fight with the government over grazing fees.

Bundy's comments about slavery came under fire after The New York Times published a story on Thursday that quoted Bundy as referring to black people as "the Negro" and wondering if they were better off as slaves.

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"The statement was right," Bundy said Thursday in an interview on "The Peter Schiff Show."

"I'm wondering if they are better off under the government subsidy when their young women are having abortions and their young men are in jail. I'm wondering are they happier now under this government subsidy system then they were when they were slaves and able to have their family structure together and chickens and a garden," Bundy said Thursday.

The comments have unleashed a flurry of comments from lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Republican Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report Rand Paul: Insurance should be available for a day Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel MORE (Ky.) and Dean Heller (Nev.) called Bundy's statements racist and offensive.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems see surge of new candidates Dems to grind Senate to a halt over ObamaCare repeal fight GOP fires opening attack on Dem reportedly running for Heller's Senate seat MORE (D-Nev.) called Bundy a "hateful racist."

Bundy first received national attention earlier this month after the Bureau of Land Management sent armed officers and contractors to his ranch to confiscate his cattle.

Read more on Bundy's comments here