Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin suggested at a religious conservatives’ summit last weekend that violence and bloody upheaval might be necessary if Democrat Hillary Clinton were elected president this fall.
Bevin listed the number of ways he wanted to “fight” at the Values Voters Summit Saturday in Washington, D.C., before making a not-so-veiled reference to violence should Clinton defeat GOP candidate Donald Trump in November, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
"I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically,” Bevin said. “But that may, in fact, be the case."
Bevin later used former American president and revolutionary Thomas Jefferson’s famous “blood of patriots and tyrants” quote, which specifically calls for bloodshed on both sides of a revolution.
The 49-year-old Bevin, who assumed Kentucky’s highest state office in 2015 and has shown support to the tea party movement in the past, issued a statement to the Lexington Herald-Leader saying his comments were in reference to the sacrifices made by the military, according to the Washington Post.
"Today we have thousands of men and women in uniform fighting for us overseas, and they need our full backing,” Bevin’s statement read. “We cannot be complacent about the determination of radical Islamic extremists to destroy our freedoms."
Clinton, who’s been engaged in a wild and often highly controversial campaign with the loquacious Trump, has already seen similarly veiled threats during her campaign.
In July, New Hampshire Republican state Rep. Al Baldasaro, who also serves as an adviser to Trump, told a Boston radio station during the GOP national convention that Clinton should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason” for her role in the Benghazi terror attack.
Baldasaro later refused to apologize for the comments and the Secret Service launched an investigation.
And last month, Trump, who polls show is neck-and-neck with Clinton in the race for the White House, also alluded to his “second amendment people” if Clinton proves victorious. A remark that many took as a threat.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said at a rally in North Carolina. “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
A clip of some of Bevin’s comments can be viewed below.