Fake Ammon Bundy Suspended From Twitter

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Ammon Bundy addresses the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 4, 2016. The leaders of a group of self-styled militiamen who took over a U.S. wildlife refuge headquarters over the weekend said on Monday they had acted to protest the federal government's role in governing wild lands. Bundy, a leader of the group, told reporters outside the occupied facility on Monday that his group had named itself "Citizens for Constitutional Freedom" and was trying to restore individual rights. Bundy and law enforcement officials declined to say how many people were occupying the refuge headquarters.

UPDATE: The account does not belong to Bundy. We apologize for the error.

Ammon Bundy, the de facto leader of Oregon militiamen who seized buildings at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, was suspended from Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. The Mormon anti-government activist—and son of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who led a similar standoff with the feds in 2014—has led at least 20 other like-minded armed men in protesting federal ownership of Harney County land.

Twitter has not yet explained Bundy's suspension, but his last public tweet quoted a founding father to defend his own cause: "As Thomas Paine said, It is the duty of the patriot to protect its country from its government. #CitizensForConstitutionalFreedom"