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Despicability index: Cliven Bundy vs. Donald Sterling

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Bundy: Nevada rancher. Age 67. Refused to acknowledge the authority of the federal government, leading to a tense showdown over cattle grazing on BLM land.

Sterling: Owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Age 80. Refused to rent his apartments to Hispanics and African-Americans, leading to lawsuits and millions of dollars in fines and fees.

Comments on African Americans

Bundy: “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?”

Sterling: (To girlfriend V. Stiviano) “You can sleep with them. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want … the little I ask you is ... not to bring them to my games.”

Consequences

Bundy: Largely abandoned by high-ranking Republicans who previously supported him, including Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.

Sterling: Received a lifetime NBA ban and $2.5 million in fines, and was largely abandoned by those who previously supported him, including the NAACP, which canceled plans to award Sterling a second lifetime achievement award.

Winner

Donald Sterling is a horrific human being, but he would be rendered completely irrelevant if he’s forced to sell his team. This Bundy guy has lots of firepower on his side, thanks to all the armed militia members camped around his ranch. Guns plus anti-government hate, with a dash of racism? Shiver.

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