Malheur Militia’s Ammon Bundy Defies COVID-19 Social Distancing Orders


Plans to Gather 1,000 people on Easter

Ammon Bundy was one of the leaders of the occupation of the Oregon Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.

Bundy told The New York Times his group was looking for a venue to host around 1,000 people for service on Easter Sunday. He said he was “regularly” leading meetings with “dozens of people” to talk about how they can overcome the social distancing orders, which he calls “government overreach” according to the outlet.

“I will be there, and I will bring as many people as I can,” Bundy said at a meeting on March 26, the day after Gov. Brad Little implemented a statewide stay-at-home order, according to the Times. “We will form a legal defense for you. We will perform an active political defense for you. And we will also, if necessary, provide a physical defense for you, so that you can continue in your rights.”

• Bundy said he’s healthy and wants to catch the virus.

• Bundy compared COVID-19 to the flu.

• Both the governor and the attorney general of Idaho are republicans.

• Bundy said that if their rights are infringed upon enough, they can “physically stand in defense in whatever way we need to.” 

• As of yesterday Idaho had 1170 confirmed cases of the coronavirus along with 13 deaths


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