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Governor Bevin Thinks We’re as Dumb as He Is

Matt Bevin
JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines for all the wrong reasons this week after quoting Thomas Jefferson and saying the tree of liberty made need to be refresh with blood if Hillary Clinton becomes the next president.

There's no ambiguity there, but Bevin would like you to believe there is.

Bevin responded to the criticism by suggesting that his remarks were being misrepresented: “Any intelligent person can understand the message I delivered,” he said in a statement. Bevin told a reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader that his comments were about "military sacrifice" and the need for Americans to back the “thousands of men and women in uniform fighting for us overseas.” But, as journalist Matthew Yglesias wrote, Bevin’s actual speech “is completely at odds” with that claim, which The Atlantic’s David Graham called “pure spin.” Bevin, noted Yglesias, was “clearly talking about patriots winning back liberty from the tyranny of Democratic Party governance.”

We all know what Bevin meant and it had nothing to do military sacrifice overseas, unless he's saying we must bleed tyrants in other countries, but that wouldn't make any sense either.

Bevin clearly quoted Jefferson at the "Values Voters" summit because he knows they love assassination fantasies, but he doesn't want to take responsibility for stoking those fantasies.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I doubt we will ever know how many people, how many times, have actually proactively planned and taken actual steps toward assassinating President Obama. I doubt we’ll ever know just how good the Secret Service is at interceding before anything happens that would come close to being a newsworthy step toward an assassination attempt. I doubt that without help from the Secret Service, anyone will ever succeed in taking any such step.

    Maybe that’s why Republican politicians can talk, and have for years been talking, so loosely about “Second Amendment remedies” and the “blood of patriots and tyrants” and other such bullshit. Maybe that’s why they can so casually and glibly enable assassination fantasies as they carry on their long-running political strategy of making monsters out of everyone other than themselves.

    The Republican Party of the last quarter century has accomplished, on the domestic front, only one thing: making conservatives hate liberals, and hate Democrats. If Donald Trump really represents the end of the modern GOP, the legacy it will leave behind is just how much its voters, supporters and fans hate everyone else.

  • Georgie

    I remember this with President Obama too, what a bunch of assholes.

  • Badgerite

    Every “intelligent” person knows what lying is. I knows it when I sees it.

  • Victor the Crab

    Yes governor, any intelligent person can understand what the message you just delivered means. Which is: “I, Governor Bevin, am an insane dumbfuck!!!”

  • muselet

    “Any intelligent person can understand the message I delivered,” he said in a statement.

    Why, yes. Yes, we can, even though Matt Bevin seems to have confused himself.

    One quick word of advice, Governor: don’t make any sudden moves when the Secret Service comes to have a chat about this. They tend not to find that sort of thing funny.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      I love that bullshit disclaimer at the beginning of his statement.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Some people are saying it’d be super awesome and patriotic for you to assassinate Clinton.

    Now, I would never say such a thing.

    But you know, Ole TJ thought we had to kill tyrants every so often. And Clinton, of course, is a tyrant in the making.

    You can connect the dots.

    Far be it from me to do so.

    Draw your own conclusions and do what you think it right.

    But hoo boy, wouldn’t it be awesome if someone shot her?

    Not that I’m recommending such a thing, of course. I would never do that.

    But a true patriot would probably understand that it’s the right thing to do.

    Just follow your hearts!

    ::two minutes later::

    What are you talking about? I would never suggest assassination! I’m offended and outraged at the liberal bias in the media these days!

    • Scopedog

      That pretty much sums it up….