Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin spoke at the annual Values Voter Summit over the weekend in Washington, D.C. At the summit, Bevin made a head-turning comment when he said that patriots might need to “shed blood” if Hillary Clinton is elected president.
The initially controversial comment came about when Bevin was asked recently if the country would ever be able to “survive” if the Democratic nominee gets elected. He says the U.S. will hurt badly and suffer, but believes the country will still have the potential to recover.
Bevin’s full statement to the answer is below:
“I do think it would be possible, but 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. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically. But that may, in fact, be the case.”
However, Bevin later clarified his comment to the Lexington Herald that he was referring to the U.S. military forces “shedding blood” against radical Islamic terrorists in the Middle East:
“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.”
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