Taking a cue from other Cliven Bundy apologists, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association on Friday accused the New York Times of tricking the lawless rancher into making racist remarks about African Americans.
Even though Bundy’s remarks were public and completely unprompted, Rios blamed New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney for the outrage anyway.
“I’m sure that this reporter, Adam Nagourney, who I think was the only reporter there, I’m sure he asked Mr. Bundy a question about race for this very purpose, for this very purpose, hoping to get something on tape, something to make him look like a fool and a racist so that to bring the prophecy about Harry Reid that something’s going to happen to stop Cliven Bundy.”
She later claimed that Nagourney tricked Bundy just as people “trap” her by asking her questions in media interviews.
“I really do find it curious that suddenly he is talking about race to a New York Times reporter,” she said, reflecting on her own experience “having been on the news trapped by reporters many, many, times, attempted trappings, being set up, being asked pointed questions so that they hope that they can get some kind of response from you…sort of give a quote so they can destroy me, that’s what they do. That’s kind of what they did [to Bundy] and it’s working.”