Outspoken Tennessee lawmaker Rep. Andy Holt garnered criticism and backing Monday after tweeting support for a group of private citizens who used force to takeover a federal wildlife preserve in Oregon on Sunday, the Tennessean reports.
The tweet and following responses from Holt, R-Dresden, covered an array of issues far beyond the armed protest in Burns, Ore., including protests in Ferguson, Mo., the U.S. Constitution and apparent jabs at a Chattanooga city councilman who is openly gay.
On Sunday, a group led by Ammon Bundy — son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who led a standoff with federal officials over grazing rights — took over a federal wildlife area in Oregon to protest federally imposed penalties related to wildfires, reports USA TODAY. After Ammon Bundy led the group of armed individuals onto the federal property Sunday, Holt used Twitter to ask how he could support their actions.
“#bundymilitia Where can I send support for your effort?” Holt tweeted at some point late Sunday or early Monday.