Ammon Bundy, the anti-government activist who led the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, declared that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement. He also expressed support for “defunding the police because yes the police need to be defunded.”
You must have a problem in your mind if you think that somehow the Black Lives Matter is more dangerous than the police. You must have a problem in your mind if you think that Antifa is the one going to take your freedom. … you must be hypnotized by these social media code words or by conservative talk show hosts.
I am not in favor of abolishing the police, but I am in favor of minimizing their power. Law enforcement is a necessary element of a free and civil society and I am wholeheartedly in favor of having a law-abiding peacekeeping force that ensures the peace and safety of its citizens. … What I want is what most rational and free-thinking people want — I want freedom to live the life that I want without fear of my government oppressing me or physically assaulting me. Patriots want that. And guess what, many people within the BLM movement just want the same thing.
Even though I was very upset at what Bundy did at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, I applaud him for acknowledging that his views and the BLM movement are two sides of the same coin.