No, Ammon Bundy Didn’t Compare the Oregon Militia to Rosa Parks
Few things are more aggravating to Liberal America than when white conservatives invoke African American heroes to support their own agendas. After the endless stream of “Martin Luther King Jr. would not approve of such-and-such” (remember when Glenn Beck held a “Restoration of Honor” rally on the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech?), black activists are understandably touchy.
So when a Twitter account claiming to be Oregon militia leader Ammon Bundy compared their armed takeover of a wildlife reserve to Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus, the internet backlash was swift and furious.
The outrage included op-eds in the New York Daily News, Salon, and commenters all over Twitter making increasingly absurd comparisons between Rosa Parks’ dignified Civil Rights activism and the entitled bellowing of Bundy and his followers.
Just one problem: the Twitter account is fake. Snopes.com, who has been ruining the internet’s ill-informed fun for years now, came along to debunk the whole thing.
First, this is a brand new Twitter account which was started on 3 January 2015. While it is possible that Bundy would start a new Twitter account to take advantage of the media attention, the rancher has had a Facebook account for more than a year and frequently uses the social network to provide updates from Oregon.
Second, the @Ammon_Bundy Twitter account uses a screenshot from one of Bundy’s videos as its profile pic. If the account were real, it’s likely that Bundy would have used an actual photo.
Finally, MSNBC reporter Tony Dokoupil, who has been reporting from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since shortly after Bundy’s men took over the building, confirmed that the account was fake.
Man, now we have to go through the embarrassing process of backtracking, apologizing and bracing ourselves for Bundy’s supporters asking how dare, HOW VERY DARE WE besmirch the good name of these brave patriots fighting for their yadda yadda whatever.