Kelly File host Megyn Kelly last night shut down a slack-jawed Ammon Bundy caught starting a rhetorical game he would no doubt lose.
Bundy is co-leader—with his brother Ryan—of a heavily armed militia in its fourth day occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, as part of an ongoing protest against federal land management policies in the West.
“How is what you are doing not lawlessness?” Kelly began.
“I think we have to go to the supreme law of the land to answer that question,” Bundy rebutted. “[T]he Federal Government does not have the authority to come down into the states and to control its land and resources.”
Kelly reminded Bundy that Dwight and Steven Hammond, the father and son ranchers whose arrests sparked the protests, “had their day in court, and they were found guilty and it went all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied their appeal.”
“Let me ask you,” Bundy said. “Who was the plaintiff?”
Following a pause, Kelly told Bundy to “[k]eep going.”
“No, I’m asking,” Bundy tried again. “Who was the plaintiff against the Hammonds?”
“I’m waiting for you to make your point. Generally I don’t answer the questions on my show; I ask them.”
Bundy fumbled a bit before spitting up an answer to his own question: “[T]he plaintiff is the Federal Government. The prosecutors is [sic.] the federal government.”
Watch the full interview at Mediaite.