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Photoshopped from Portland Tribune
By CHERI ROBERTS for Challenging the Rhetoric
In January, after a rally in Burns, Oregon in support of ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, Ammon Bundy announced to the crowd that they were taking over a federal facility. When Bundy was questioned by the crowd about whether it was legal or not to do so, he asked those listening, when have laws ever stopped them before. Brother Ryan Bundy was already in place at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, along with a handful of self-aggrandizing “Patriots”, at the time of his brother’s call to action.
The armed occupation lasted 41-days beginning January 2 and resulted in the January 26 death of rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, and ultimately, the arrests of 26 participants including internet talk show host, Pete Santilli.
Santilli had traveled to Burns with his girlfriend and co-host Deb Jordan to cover the Hammond rally for
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