Why would Republicans put Bundy on a pedestal?

Why was Cliven Bundy, the law-breaking rancher who denounced the U.S. government, had friends and family aiming their guns at federal workers and has refused to pay rent for grazing rights on federal land for more than 20 years, put on a pedestal by so many Republican party leaders and pundits? I just find it strange that these are the same people who speak constantly about self-reliance and law and order.

Frank Gaik

Buffalo