Donald Trump Supporter Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Calls For Violence If Hillary Clinton Wins: Is He One Of Trump's Deplorables?

Daniel Ketchum

As reported by the New York Times, during a speech on Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin openly suggested physical violence and armed rebellion against the government of the United States if Hillary Clinton were to win the upcoming election. There have already been calls to impeach Bevin.

Although the governor quickly backpedaled, claiming he was speaking about the sacrifices the military makes, any reading of his actual words makes clear that isn't what he was saying at all. Instead, Bevin seems to have been speaking directly to the "basket of deplorables" that Clinton recently and controversially mentioned in a speech.

I do think it would be possible, but at what price? 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.

Moreover, this is the same Matt Bevin who, as a candidate for governor of Kentucky, supported Kim Davis in her illegal refusal to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. So it's clear Gov. Bevin has no problem ignoring federal or state laws in support of his extremist right wing agenda. But now he's taking it a step further, joining many of the "deplorables" in advocating violence to achieve their ends.

Hillary Clinton endured a firestorm of criticism and hatred following her statement only days ago in which she suggested that a sizable proportion – 50% she called it at the time – of the Republican Party and of Donald Trump supporters were just such "deplorables." But if Gov. Matt Bevin is any indication, Clinton may have underestimated the percentage.

Trump supporters have both threatened and committed violence across the country during his campaign. These "deplorables" have assaulted protesters, threatened candidates, and otherwise demonstrated that they have no respect for the democratic process or rule of law. Donald Trump himself once said that he would gladly pay the legal fees for a supporter who violently attacked a protester.

Current and former Tea Party members have flocked to his banner and many like Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky and Gov. Paul LePage of Maine now feel free to say virtually anything. After all, the Republican Party nominee for president says violent, threatening, outrageous things, so why shouldn't they?

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