In the typical breathless-you-gotta-come-see-this manner in which alt-right adherents speak and which everyone is familiar, the ‘Patriot’ movement claimed that then-Attorney General Eric Holder authorized drone strikes on American civilians during the April 2014 Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada.
Conspiracy theorists tend to have just one piece of a thousand-piece puzzle and convince everyone they can extrapolate what the entire picture looks like — based on the single piece.
One such conspiracy included former-President Obama, then-Attorney General Eric Holder, and the Bundy Ranch.
In May 2014, John Jacob Schmidt of ‘Radio Free Redoubt’ reported Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, as saying Holder approved drone strikes against the Bundy Ranch. According to Schmidt, the story came from a source Oath Keepers had deep within the Department of Defense.
That source, according to Rhodes-via-Schmidt said Holder had authorized a “hot drone strike” against the Bundy ranch which would, in effect, kill everyone at the ranch.
Schmidt said as far as he knew, there was no attempt to follow through with the supposed threat. Schmidt also expressed hope that a strike against American citizens, on American soil, could be stopped.
A post on The Liberty Beacon by Rhodes reported federal authorities were treating the Bundy ranch situation as a school bomb threat. Leslie Bishop Paul, the nationwide administrator of Oath Keepers, commented in a Facebook post that the report “may or may not” be accurate, but hoped that “sunlight” would make federal agencies back down.
Attorney Nick Wooldridge pointed to any such move by the federal authorities as the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. The blog suggested the information may be intended to provoke violence and provide the government with sufficient reason to implement martial law.
Rhodes said apparently Holder felt justified in his decision based on comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. According to Rhodes, Reid had called Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists.”