From the moment Jon Ritzheimer and his pal Blaine Cooper — two of the men from Arizona holed up in a federal building on the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, with Ammon Bundy and company – put out a request via Facebook for “snacks” and other supplies, it appears many across the country stopped taking them seriously.
Critics were brutal with their jokes, memes, and hashtags that laughed at the fact that the men who claimed they were prepared to stay in the building for the long haul — “years, if necessary” — were already running out of supplies on day two of the occupation.
Others couldn’t get enough of the ridiculous irony: Men staging an armed protest against the U.S. government asking for snacks sent via the U.S. Postal Service.
“Armed insurrection against the USA. You idiots are nothing but traitors. Pathetic ones at that, begging for snacks to be delivered to you via the US government,” someone commented under Cooper’s plea.
“In 2013 Ammon Bundy received over $500,000 from a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT loan. Let him buy your snacks!!” wrote another.
Another favorite: “Dear Dad (Government),I hate you and I'm running away. Please, PLEASE send snacks.
PS: No I'm not in my tree house. I'm stealing YOURS!”
Guess who else found this hilarious? Yup, Trevor Noah and the Daily Show crew.
In a segment titled “With Love to the Oregon Militia,” Noah and “senior militia expert” Jordan Klepper, prepared a box of goodies for the patriots. The package is addressed to none other than Arizona’s two favorite anti-Islam (and now anti-fed) “patriots,” Jon Ritzheimer and Blaine Cooper.
Cooper also got a cameo in the opening segment of the show after he explained the group's plan while waiving around a walkie-talkie with floppy antenna:
Jokes aside, it appears these men do need supplies desperately, particularly snacks and cold-weather gear. According to the Guardian, the food storage room in the federal building “did not look like it could sustain a dozen men for more than a few weeks.
“It included a cardboard box of apples and oranges, a few dozen pots of instant ramen, 24 cans of chicken noodle soup, a similar number of cans of sweetcorn, peas, beans and chili, and 20 boxes of macaroni and cheese.
“There were also three sacks of potatoes, one bag of flour, another of rolled oats, boxes of raisins, a single bag of pretzels, and one granola bar.”
A federal official also told Guardian reporters that the government planned to shut off electricity and telephone service at the building.
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“It’s in the middle of nowhere,” the official said. “And it’s flat-ass cold up there . . . After they shut off the power, they’ll kill the phone service [and] block all the roads so that all those guys have a long, lonely winter to think about what they’ve done.”
Temperatures are expected to drop below zero in the next few days, meaning, those “cold weather socks” on Ritzheimer and Cooper’s wish list would be greatly appreciated.
So what else do they want? You to come join them, of course. (To be fair, they even have "a weight room...")