Are they protesters or terrorists?
Conservative radio host Tammy Bruce crossed swords Monday with liberal radio host Alan Colmes over how to define the group that took over a national wildlife refuge building in Oregon.
When the duo met on the set of Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” Bruce told co-host Jon Scott that although she doesn’t support groups taking over government buildings, this case can be distinguished in that the building was “miles from anywhere” and unoccupied.
“No one’s at risk,” she said. There’s no one in the vicinity. They happen to have their firearms. That’s their lifestyle.”
On the other hand, the 2011 takeover of Wisconsin’s capitol building by union activists resulted in millions of dollars in damages, yet no one considered referring to them as terrorists.
She added that notwithstanding the “looting and burning of buildings” by Black Lives Matter activists, they’re also referred to as protesters.
Colmes said it all came down to skin color and ethnicity.
“If you had Muslims here it would be called domestic terrorism,” but because these are white men calling themselves patriots, they’re not referred to as terrorists although he felt they are.
Bruce countered that the Wisconsin union activists who caused damage and made threats were mostly white. “Weren’t they terrorists?” she asked.
The takeover was the result of two ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, facing five years in prison for burning federal land.
“Maybe, I don’t know, Barack Obama can switch out a deserter for these guys up there who are going to be going to prison,” Bruce suggested.
When Scott asked the pair how to define them, Bruce suggested a term used to describe liberal protesters — social justice activists.
“Why can’t it be about social justice now?” she asked Colmes.
Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, joined the Oregon ranchers and claimed that the government threatened the Hammonds with a more difficult prison experience if they had talked to Bundy.
“They were threatened for speaking to me by the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Bundy told The Daily Caller. “They were threatened that if they continued to open communications with me, that they would be detained early and be put in a less desirable prison.”
Watch the scuffle, via Fox News.
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