Cattle rancher's son: 'My dad is not a racist'Posted: Updated:
He's become the most famous and controversial cattle rancher in the country.
There's yet another twist in the ongoing land rights battle between Cliven Bundy and the federal government.
The Nevada rancher is still taking heat for racist comments he made this week, suggesting that African-Americans were "better off as slaves."
Bundy has waged a standoff with the feds, insisting he has a right to graze hundreds of cattle on public land without paying any grazing fees.
Citizen militia groups have converged on his ranch in Southern Nevada in a showdown with federal agents.
One of Bundy's sons, Ammon Bundy, spoke to CBS 5 News on Friday from outside his Phoenix business.
Ammon Bundy just got back from a two-week visit with his dad and family. He was right in the middle of a confrontation with federal agents at his father's ranch.
A YouTube video shows federal agents using a taser on Ammon Bundy three times.
"There was no closing of the fists, or charging, or anything like that," he said. "They tased me and I took it off, and they tased me again."
Ammon Bundy told CBS 5 News that he did nothing to provoke the incident, but the YouTube video seems to show the Phoenix businessman walking toward officers and kicking at one of their dogs.
Cliven Bundy has made national news for his standoff with the federal government over land rights and whether he should pay more than $1.1 million in unpaid cattle grazing fees and penalties.
"We're not out here having fun and just having a party," said Cliven Bundy. "We're out here trying to produce food for you people, and that's what we're doing."
Cliven Bundy's status as a conservative folk hero took a hit this week when he made some racially charged comments.
"My father does not have a racist bone in his body," said Ammon Bundy. "He's not a political speaker. He was also raised in a different era. He's 67 years old, he's a rancher, he doesn't always know how to articulate himself, but he is not a racist."
Ammon Bundy said that his dad is doing nothing wrong and believes the courts will prove his family is on the right side of history.
"He doesn't want this fight. He's a rancher," said Ammon Bundy. "He would rather just ranch and be on a horse and be on land - his land."
Cliven Bundy has 14 children.
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