- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2014

Former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough said that the “conservatives” that rallied to Cliven Bundy’s side “must feel very exposed” now that the rancher has used his standoff with the government over illegally grazing his cattle on federal land to pontificate on race.

Mr. Scarborough, a Republican co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” suggested that Mr. Bundy’s comments show that he is not the sort of character that conservatives should embrace.

Mr. Bundy said, according to the New York Times, that African-Americans “abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.”

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Mr. Bundy said, according to The Times, before talking about a public-housing project in North Las Vegas.

“In front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked, according to The Times. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”