Bundy’s “Bundy Ranch” account on Facebook, disputes the characterization of him as “racist:”
There are new rumors going around about Cliven. We all know that with the media, words are taken out of context, meanings are twisted, and they can take anything and turn it into what they want it to be. Cliven is a good man, he loves all people, he is not a racist man. He wants what is best for everyone.
Others also come to his defense. His wife Carol explains:
What he was saying is that there are lots of different forms of slavery. Welfare is one kind. It’s just another way to suppress people.
And a militia member who spent eight days at the ranch adds:
His statements were not a criticism of blacks. They criticized the federal government. I’ve met the Bundys, and that’s not who they are.