Ammon Bundy arrested in Idaho for not wearing mask in court, making him a no-show for trial
Right-wing activist Ammon Bundy was reportedly jailed on Monday after refusing to wear a mask in order to enter a courthouse, causing him to miss his own trial and resulting in a charge of failure to appear.
NBC News reported that Bundy remained in jail Monday afternoon in lieu of $10,000 bail and will continue to face charges related to refusing to leave the Idaho state legislature last year after a hearing he was slated to attend was moved.
“Mr. Bundy today refused to wear a mask to come into the courthouse and thus was not granted admission,” a spokesperson for the court told NBC News.
If Bundy is released, he will have to comply with state orders requiring masks inside the courthouse or face further charges.
The 41-year-old activist has been involved in several high-profile scrapes with the law, including a 2016 standoff between land-use activists and federal officials at a wildlife preserve.
He fell out of favor with some other right-wing activists in 2018 when he broke with then-President Trump on the issue of immigration.
“It’s like being in a room full of people in here, trying to teach, and no one is listening,” Bundy said of the right-wing “patriot groups” movement at the time. “The vast majority seemed to hang on to what seemed like hate, and fear, and almost warmongering, and I don’t want to associate myself with warmongers.”
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