Ky. Gov. Bevin defends himself after speech to conservative group

Gov. Bevin faces backlash over comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is defending himself against critics of a speech he gave to a conservative group. Some have suggested he was calling for violence if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

The Governor addressed the annual Value Voters Summit Saturday in Washington.

When asked about whether the country could recover if Clinton is elected, he responded by quoting Thomas Jefferson, who said "the roots of the tree of liberty are watered by the blood of patriots and tyrants."

Democrats like Mayor Jim Gray who is running against Senator Rand Paul have called for an apology.

Nancy Jo Kemper who is running for Congress demanded Bevin be impeached.

Bevin released a statement on social media stating: "I would encourage anyone who truly cares about this issue to invest 15 minutes of time and listen to my comments in their entirety. Any intelligent person will easily understand the message I delivered."

Bevin went on to talk of support for the military, writing: "We need strong leadership at every level of government to defend our Constitution and our Republic."


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