Kentucky Governor Suggests Patriots May Have to “Shed Blood” if Clinton Is Elected

“Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room.”


When conservative Christians gathered in Washington, DC, this past weekend for the annual Values Voter Summit, prominent Republicans, including Donald Trump and Mike Pence, delivered a series of tirades against transgender and abortion rights and pledged to defend Christian values from a Hillary Clinton presidency. But it was a speech by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, in which he stated that bloodshed might be necessary if Clinton is elected, that emerged as perhaps the most shocking address from the weekend event.

“Whose blood will be shed?” Bevin said. “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.”

Last year, Bevin fiercely defended Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who made headlines by defying the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

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