Congressional candidate Nancy Jo Kemper calls for impeachment of Bevin after bloodshed comment
09/13/2016 05:42 PM
FRANKFORT – Sixth District Democratic Congressional candidate Nancy Jo Kemper has called for the impeachment of Gov. Matt Bevin after comments he made over the weekend gained national headlines on Tuesday.
Bevin, while making a speech at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, said that he was asked whether he thought it was possible to recover as a nation if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was elected president.
“I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price,” Bevin asked rhetorically. “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.”
After the speech, the governor’s office said that he was quoting Thomas Jefferson and was speaking only of overseas military action.
Kemper said calling for domestic “bloodshed” if Clinton is elect, is an impeachable offense.
“I believe that his call to shed the blood of fellow Americans is unconstitutional and a violation of his sworn oath to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth,” Kemper said.
After her speech, Kemper was asked to consider that the speech was more on the lines of political rhetoric and not a true call for bloodshed. Something that Kemper strongly disagreed with.
“Words can be used to incite violence, words have incited insurrection, this is a call to insurrection on the part of the people of the United States,” Kemper said.
Kemper emphasized her belief that Bevin’s call was for domestic uprising and is at the root of her call for impeachment.
“It’s in the context of discussing our presidential election, that he made those remarks,” Kemper said. “All of the political references that he cites are to domestic bloodshed.”
Tres Watson, spokesman for the Republican Party of Kentucky, said Kemper’s call for impeachment, “is nothing more than a desperate act by a desperate candidate who trails badly in the polls.”
Lexington Mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray released a statement calling on Bevin to apologize for his comments.
“Using religion as a tool of violence and frightening people has no place in politics,” Gray said. “Frightened people do dangerous things, and encouraging fear and violence is absolutely wrong.
“No matter who the President is next January, it’s our job to work together to find solutions to better the lives of Kentuckians,” Gray added. “Today, I call on Governor Bevin to admit he was wrong and apologize to the people of Kentucky for his comments.”
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