Bevin says Herald-Leader editorial cartoon one of "racial intolerance"

11/19/2015 03:13 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has issued a statement in response to a Lexington Herald-Leader editorial cartoon that took aim at his position on the Syrian refugee crisis.

The cartoon, drawn by editorial cartoonist Joel Pett, ran in Thursday’s edition of the Herald-Leader. The drawing shows Bevin hiding under his desk next to a newspaper showing the Eiffel Tower with the headline ‘Paris’, and a map of Syria lying on the floor. On Bevin’s desk sits framed pictures, an aid holding one saying “Sir they’re not terrorist … they’re your own adopted kids!”

Several lawmakers took to twitter saying that the cartoon was inappropriate, and then Bevin took to twitter, as well issuing the following statement.

“They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Indeed, today, the Lexington Herald-Leader chose to articulate with great clarity the deplorably racist ideology of “cartoonist”, Joel Pett,” Bevin said. “Shame on Mr. Pett for his deplorable attack on my children and shame on the editorial controls that approved this overt racism.

“Let me be crystal clear, the tone of racial intolerance being struck by the Herald-Leader has no place in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and will not be tolerated by our administration.”

The Herald Leader has not commented on the cartoon.

On Monday, Bevin issued a statement saying that as governor he would be joining with other governors across the nation in opposing the resettlement of Syrian nationals, “until we can better determine the full extent of any risks to our citizens.”

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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