MSNBC host Chris Hayes clashed with a Republican state assemblywoman over the Nevada ranch standoff on his program Friday night, as supporters of Cliven Bundy celebrated with a barbecue after forcing the Bureau of Land Management to abort their mission last week.
Nevada Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who repeatedly rejected the federal government using arms to collect an “unpaid bill” and alleged there is “very suspicious activity” that Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “has imposed on Nevadans,” refused to concede to Hayes that Bundy is in fact in violation of the law.
Hayes then asked her if she even recognized the authority of the federal government.
“Oh, I recognize the authority that they believe they have, I just question it,” she said.
“So you agree with Cliven Bundy, you agree that the federal government does not have authority over the land?” Hayes asked.
“Nope, I’m not saying I agree,” Fiore countered. “No — Chris, don’t put words in my mouth! I’m not saying I agree with Cliven Bundy. What I’m saying is the way this was handled is really suspicious. When in the heck do we send our federal government with arms to collect a bill? When do we do that? When have we ever done that?”
Hayes then posed a hypothetical question to Fiore, asking if the federal government should come in armed if hundreds of people rallied around an undocumented immigrant who was about to be deported after exhausting all his or her legal remedies.
Fiore dismissed the analogy, before the segment eventually concluded with an odd exchange over cows.
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