Television personality Montel Williams, a former Marine, called Sunday for a “massive use of deadly force” against the armed anti-government protesters who have taken over a building in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.
Mr. Williams began his rant Saturday evening by retweeting a post from a user who said the anti-government group, joined by Ammon Bundy, the 40-year-old son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, “should be dealt with as Waco was dealt with.”
“Send in the national guard. I’m over #ClivenBundy and his band of treasonous morons who call themselves patriots,” Mr. Williams said of the now-famous rancher who was involved in a 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.
Mr. Williams then started promoting a White House petition claiming the group’s occupation of part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge “is the greatest threat to our freedom, rule of law, and protections of the commons.”
“I have proudly signed this petition asking the Gov’t repo its property from #ClivenBundy terrorists,” he wrote Sunday morning.
“It appears #OregonUnderAttack by a bunch of undereducated terrorist buffoons who follow #ClivenBundy shall we send them to meet #ISIS,” Mr. Williams continued. “There is method to my madness… Bundy, Ritzheimer, et al need a meeting with natural selection. #OregonUnderAttack”
In a tweet directed at BuzzFeed reporter Jim Dalrymple, Mr. Williams asked: “Please tell me the national guard is going to capture these fools and deport them to Syria? Or better yet shoot them?”
“How come these clowns don’t invite any black folks to play soldier with them?” he wondered.
“I’m calling on Govt to end terrorist siege perpetrated by a bunch of hillbilly American Taliban #OregonUnderAttack,” he wrote.
Mr. Williams received a considerable amount of backlash for his tweets, but made it clear he wouldn’t back down, writing: “Wacko birds: Go away. If anything I’d double down on what I said re #OregonUnderAttack not back off. Hope u get help u need.”
The protesters occupying the refuge near Burns say they are doing so in support of Dwight and Steven Hammond, father-and-son ranchers who were convicted of arson and are set to turn themselves in Monday afternoon. The Hammonds, through their lawyer, have said they have no connection with and do not support the protesters.
“This refuge — it has been destructive to the people of the county and to the people of the area,” he said. “People need to be aware that we’ve become a system where government is actually claiming and using and defending people’s rights, and they are doing that against the people.”
Mr. Williams hasn’t always been against armed militias in the United States. In November, he tweeted: “If the Government ever makes Muslims carry ID cards or shuts down mosques, I will have no choice but to take up arms against my government.”
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