Cliven Bundy told CNN Thursday that Sean Hannity and others at Fox News may have "misunderstood" his comments about black people.
Bundy — a Nevada rancher who refuses to pay fees for using federal land for cattle grazing — sparked a fresh wave of controversy after it was revealed he wondered whether black people would be "better off" as slaves. Hannity had backed Bundy in his fight against the government, and Fox News had given heavy coverage to his story. But Hannity came out strongly against the rancher's comments about black people on Thursday.
In an interview with CNN, Bundy defended his original comments and said he didn't understand why people reacted so negatively to his views.
CNN's Bill Weir told Bundy that his judgements were "disgusting," and later asked, “How does it feel to be abandoned by your friends on Fox? I mean, the only reason we could get you on tonight is that, I’m guessing, they didn’t call.”
"You know, I don't think I have been abandoned," Bundy responded. "I think maybe they misunderstood me a little bit. But I think Fox and I, and I think Hannity and I are just right on. And I have no doubt that he would... support me if he understood really what's in my heart."