To buoy his claim that Cliven Bundy is a “political prisoner” due to his views about the power of the federal government and should be freed on bail, his attorney, Joel Hansen, singled out a comment made by President Obama shortly after the 2014 standoff at Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch that has resulted in his arrest and confinement.
“That Mr. Bundy is certainly out of favor with the current administration is clearly shown in a VIDEO entitled: Obama Disses Rand Paul, Cliven Bundy at WHCA Dinner …” writes Hansen in a motion filed Tuesday. “The President threatens Cliven Bundy by stating that if he makes similar statements again like he did at Bunkerville, ‘things won’t end well.’”
In context, Obama’s remark sounds more like a lame joke than a threat.
Speaking at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May of 2014, Obama said:
“We have some other athletes here tonight, including Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson is here. We’re proud of her. Incredibly talented young lady. Michelle and I watched the Olympics — we cannot believe what these folks do — death-defying feats — haven’t seen somebody pull a ‘180’ that fast since Rand Paul disinvited that Nevada rancher from this dinner. As a general rule, things don’t like end well if the sentence starts, ‘Let me tell you something I know about the negro.’ You don’t really need to hear the rest of it. Just a tip for you — don’t start your sentence that way.”