BURNS, Ore. -- Jon Ritzheimer, the emotional, loquacious spokesman for armed militants who have taken over a federal wildlife refuge, posted a rant Tuesday on his Facebook page about people mailing sex toys to the group along with hate mail.
Shortly after they took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote Eastern Oregon, several members made a plea for supplies to be sent to them via general delivery to Burns. The packages have started arriving.
Watch the video on his Facebook page.
It's sad that there are people who would spend this kind of money on this rather than spending it to do good in the world. I'm done living in fear of an oppressing force. I'm going to uphold my oath to the Constitution and sleep great at night knowing that I did everything in my power to ensure what our founding fathers did for us will not be lost. To my family, I love you very much and I am sorry I can't be there with you. Please look at this as a deployment, only this time I'm actually serving my country rather than being sent over seas to line the pockets of corrupt politicians. It is our sacrifice as a family that will make this country great again, not some election. And we are not alone. I am among some of the most honorable, and selfless people I have ever met. People who are dedicated to making the same sacrifice for this country. Read the constitution people. Get educated and don't let your rights be taken. If your a Patriot and you feel the calling in your heart then all I can say is follow your heart. Don't let the fear consume you. We all have lives but if we don't make the sacrifice what kind of country are we leaving for our children. The status quo can't go on any longer. We either take a stand against tyranny or we fail. Come be a part of history. And I am so proud that our country has become civilized enough that we can bring about change and right this wrong without any bloodshed. America is blessed.Posted by Jon Ritzheimer on Monday, January 11, 2016
In it, he stands behind a table covered with parcels.
Pointing to one box, Ritzheimer says someone wasted $17 sending a parcel of "hateful stuff." He holds up a large sex toy, then admits as he holds up a bag of phallic candy that "this one was really funny."
He then returns to talking about the armed takeover.
"We’re not gonna let all your junk and hate-mail sidetrack us and we’re gonna continue to do what’s right for our country," he says.
Another video by Ritzheimer in the early days of the takeover also gained social media notice via the hashtag #DaddySworeAnOath. In it, he tearfully bids farewell to his wife and children while sitting in a pickup at the entrance to the refuge.
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