As the armed occupation of a federal building in a national wildlife refuge in Oregon continues, TV talk show host Montel Williams took to Twitter on Sunday with some blunt solutions to the situation:
Ammon Bundy — the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights — is among the people at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. It was unclear exactly how many people were taking part in the protests.
Then let's give them some - put this down using National Guard with shoot to kill orders. https://t.co/KSzUZzUor6— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) January 3, 2016
Bundy and other militia members came to Burns last month, a small town about 280 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon. They were upset over the looming prison sentences for local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. They went to the wildlife refuge Saturday evening following a peaceful rally in Burns to support the ranchers.
Buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are seen near Burns, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Protesters are occupying the refuge to object to a prison sentence for local ranchers for burning federal land. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)
Dwight Hammond, 73, and Steven Hammond, 46, said they lit the fires on federal land in 2001 and 2006 to reduce the growth of invasive plants and protect their property from wildfires.
Williams took heat for his comments against the occupation from some of his Twitter followers, but he appeared unmoved:
I said what I said re Oregon tonight bc these clowns are PURPOSELY endangering LE and threatening armed conflict (by implication) - NOT OK— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) January 3, 2016
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
(H/T: Young Conservatives)