Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin shared some intense anti-Clinton sentiments that alluded to the possibility of another Civil War should she be elected president.
The conservative governor spoke to a crowd of fellow conservatives at the Value Voters Conference in Washington D.C. over the weekend. He evoked the spirit of Thomas Jefferson by suggesting that surviving a Clinton presidency would require bloodshed, as if to call for some type of violent uprising.
“I will tell you this: I do think it would be possible, but at what price?” Bevin said, after being asked if he thought America would survive Clinton. “At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots.”
As he continued discussing this metaphorical “blood” that will be shed, he personalized it by mentioning his own lineage.
“It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something that we, through our apathy and our indifference, have given away.”
To say that Bevin’s remarks were extreme would be an understatement. He is essentially saying that it would be up to the patriots (Americans) to fight to the death to win back our liberty from the “tyranny” of Clinton’s leadership.
That assessment is just downright absurd, out of touch with reality, and a really poor attempt at fear-mongering.
The notion that physical violence and bloodshed will be the only ways to ensure Americans’ freedoms under Clinton only fuels the divisive rhetoric that is already being spewed by the Republicans’ presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
According to Vox News, Bevin later tried to clarify his comments by claiming he was referring to military service in the war on terrorism and suggesting Clinton’s complacency would only lead to more bloodshed.
“Today we have thousands of men and women in uniform fighting for us overseas and they need our full backing,” Bevin said in a statement. “We cannot be complacent about the determination of radical Islamic extremists to destroy our freedoms. Nor can we allow apathy and indifference to allow our culture to crumble from within. We need strong leadership at every level of government to defend our Constitution and our republic. We must fight to preserve the exceptionalism and the promise of America, because America is worth it.”
The words that came out of his mouth hardly support his excuse.
He was clearly and explicitly discussing what it would take for Americans to “survive” a Clinton presidency, there was no mention of “radical Islamic extremism” or terrorism.
This was just another right-winger who went way off the deep-end and was forced to retract.
This is reminiscent of a situation last week when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) had the audacity to say that Clinton is “mentally impaired” and then had to clean it all up with a half-hearted apology.
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