On Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management backed down in its effort to take cattle belonging to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. A number of liberals, however, appeared angry the federal agency didn't attack the ranch in a manner reminiscent of Waco or Ruby Ridge.
"I hope the President orders the national guard to the #BundyRanch to deal with the terrorist occupying the land w/ a shoot to kill order," another person added.
The sentiment seemed to also be alive and well at some far left-wing websites, like Democratic Underground. According to one post there, so-called "militia bullies" and "tax cheats" forced the BLM to stand down.
Commenters there made their feelings known, calling the Bundy family "terrorists." One person suggested arresting Bundy and forcing him to stand trial somewhere in the northeast.
"You do not back down from terrorists," one person wrote. "Now these idiots think they can just threaten violence any time and get away with it."
On Friday, users of the site celebrated news that the BLM was bringing in rangers from out of state. Many saw it as a good thing to deal with what they see as Bundy's alleged criminal activity.
Some of the hatred against the Bundys has been generated by groups like the George Soros-funded Media Matters, which excoriated the family because Koch-funded groups dared to place a graphic on Facebook supporting the family. The left wing Southern Poverty Law Center -- the group whose hate map was used by a gunman who shot a guard at the conservative Family Research Council -- portrays Bundy and his supporters as extremists.
The Daily Kos, another far-left wing site, went so far as to call Bundy a "domestic terrorist lawbreaker." Citing the SPLC, the Daily Kos said Bundy is a traitor who belongs in jail.
But liberals, it seems, were in for a giant letdown as government forces decided to stand down. Instead of a bloodbath, federal agents have reached a deal with the Bundys, but promise to pursue the matter through administrative and judicial means.
As we have reported many times, this kind of rhetoric is not uncommon on the left. During the 2012 election, for example, liberals on Twitter routinely called for the murder of Mitt Romney and other prominent conservatives.
Gay sex columnist Dan Savage once told Bill Maher he wished all Republicans were dead. Liberal talk show host Mike Malloy told his audience he wanted the entire Republican Party "literally dead," and once fantasized about an "angel of the Lord" murdering everyone in the Tea Party by cutting off their heads.