Ammon Bundy Leaves Militia Group After Backlash for Anti-Trump Comments

Ammon Bundy, the former anti-government militia leader, shut down his social-media accounts this week after receiving harsh backlash for a video he posted denouncing President Trump’s rhetoric against the migrant caravan. Bundy told BuzzFeed News he ultimately decided to step away from the militia groups that made up his fanbase after witnessing their unflinching opposition to the caravan and their “dangerous and blinding” support of Trump. “I expected to get a decent amount of pushback, but I also believed that I could explain to them why I’d taken those positions and why,” he told BuzzFeed News. “... people were not really listening to the principles of things... this last video kind of confirmed that.” Bundy became well-known in libertarian circles for his family’s high-profile legal battles with the federal government over land rights.