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Horsford, family member offer opposing views of rancher's slavery comments

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Bunkerville, NV rancher Cliven Bundy mobilized supporters in a standoff with Bureau of Land Management over his cattle. (File/FOX5) Bunkerville, NV rancher Cliven Bundy mobilized supporters in a standoff with Bureau of Land Management over his cattle. (File/FOX5)
On April 24, 2014, Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV, 4th Dist.) talks about comments about slavery made by rancher Cliven Bundy. On April 24, 2014, Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV, 4th Dist.) talks about comments about slavery made by rancher Cliven Bundy.
BUNKERVILLE, NV (FOX5) -

Embattled rancher Cliven Bundy's remarks about slavery and African-Americans have him right back in the national spotlight.

Bundy originally attracted media attention for his standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing on federal land, and his refusal to pay $1 million in grazing fees the government says he owes.

While Bundy's remarks have been widely decried as racist, his supporters and family members say the public isn't hearing the whole story.

Among those who spoke out against Bundy on Thursday was Rep. Steven Horsford, D-NV.

"They are words spoke from a man who truly does not understand the struggle that many African-Americans still face," Horsford said during an appearance in Mesquite. "They are statements infused with bigotry and racism, and they are not to be tolerated."

Meanwhile, Bundy's daughter-in-law's father, Steve Stoddard, described his comments as a slip of the tongue on a subject he probably shouldn't be talking about.

"I know they try to trick you into going outside of your expertise, and that's what they did to him. I'm sure that's what they did to him. Just like the Duck Dynasty guys – watch their ratings fall when they say a few things that they shouldn't have said," Stoddard said.

Still, Stoddard said he expects many of Bundy's supporters to jump off the bandwagon.

"I'm ashamed of people to back away from him, but I know what they have to do – they have to save themselves so they protect their interests. They don't want to be labeled as racists. Cliven is not a racist," Stoddard said.

Stoddard said Bundy loves people of all races, and that anyone is welcome at his dinner table.

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