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Ammon Bundy is very fond of talking about the accountability of elected officials.
On Thursday, someone finally held him responsible.
Bundy, who is running for governor of Idaho as an independent, was found in contempt of court on Thursday and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.
He refused to perform 40 hours of community service related to a July 2021 conviction for trespassing at the state Capitol. Bundy had argued – laughably – that his stops made during his gubernatorial campaign satisfied his court-mandated community service.
It was a welcome sign to see a shameless, disruptive and perpetual offender receive a proper punishment.
Really, it just comes down to Bundy’s belief that the rules don’t apply to him.
It’s part of a long-standing and well-documented pattern with Bundy.
He and his family were involved in a gunfight with federal agents when the Bundy family refused to pay grazing fees on federal land in Nevada.
And then, coming to the rescue of two arsonist Oregon ranchers who were duly prosecuted and convicted, Bundy led an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which ultimately ended in the death of one. Some protestors.
Somehow, Bundy escaped conviction on both counts.
Bundy, now of Emmett, Idaho, led anti-mask protests, halted high school football game over mask mandate, violently intruded on district health board meeting of the Southwest, led an unruly mob into the rooms of the Idaho House that resulted in the breaking of a glass door, was later banned from the State Capitol building for disrupting a committee hearing, n returned only to be arrested for trespassing and unceremoniously taken away in an office chair by state troopers.
For flouting the law, he was given an easy sentence for his past convictions, and he couldn’t even bother to complete this easy sentence.
We can only hope his 10 days in prison will help him think about how to be a more positive member of society.
But that’s probably asking too much of a man with such a strong sense of entitlement.
Camera footage from an Idaho State Police trooper’s vehicle showed Bundy immediately after his arrest in April speaking directly to a state trooper.
“I will come after you – each one of you personally,” Bundy said in the video. “You know, I will. I will find where your houses are… I will get all these things. I will find.” He added that he would come for them legally.
If history is any indication, we suspect Bundy is throwing his supporters at judges, lawyers and police officers, possibly even court deputies, ordering his protesters to shout, threaten and hurl obscenities in a another tantrum because Bundy broke the rules and doesn’t want to accept the consequences of his actions like anyone else in his shoes.
And if his ‘followers’, who wear the same cloak of anarchy as him, decide to inappropriately protest and cause a ruckus about it, we can only hope there’s room in the cell. next to Bundy.
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