There's a new character in the Oregon standoff over federal land, and his nickname is TarpMan. (For anyone else who has been living under a tarp for several days and has not seen the news, here's a quick explanation of the standoff.) MSNBC reporter Tony Dokoupil spoke with TarpMan, whose actual name is LaVoy Finicum. That's his actual name, not the name of a magician or traveling salesman from the early twentieth century.
TarpMan sits on a rocking chair, with a rifle, underneath a tarp outside of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Princeton, Oregon. So he is not part of the actual protest inside the wildlife refuge building, but rather a rogue volunteer guard just outside the property. A better way to put it is that he's a fan boy, or on the junior varsity squad of the standoff.
The reporter asked him what his specific plans are should law enforcement confront him or try to remove him, particularly because he is holding a rifle. His answers were very vague:
I've always said I will never point a gun at somebody that's not pointing a gun at me. So if they just go home and don't point a gun at me, this is all good. I'll go home and try to look for my cows that are missing and get on with my life.
TarpMan didn't even hire a cow sitter before he left for the standoff! Sounds like he really didn't think this plan through all the way. In fact, he sounds like a little kid who packs up his stuff to run away and doesn't have a plan for what he's going to do after that. Hopefully MSNBC releases footage of the tarp slowly walking behind a tree to go to the bathroom.