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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  • Heza Putz wrote on September 13, 2016 08:11 PM :

    Decaf, Nancy, decaf. PS Jefferson was not talking of foreign tyrants, my dear, he was talking of a domestic government turned despotic. The Bible is hard, historical fact not so much.

  • Dave wrote on September 14, 2016 08:40 AM :

    Nancy Jo, We can tell you are down in the polls and these extremist comments will sink those poll numbers even lower. You remind me of Hillary more each day. Do you have a medical condition we need to know about?

  • viewer wrote on September 14, 2016 08:40 AM :

    Good morning friends. I have gone back and watched this a second time. Although, I would have not used that same language. I don’t see anything Gov. Bevin needs to go back and apologize for. I believe this is another time that we are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

    Whether it be the 6th District Congressional contest all the way up to the presidential campaign, we are stooping to new lows trying to distract from the realities we are experiencing. We are talking about everything under the sun, but not anything that matters to the typical voter. We should be talking about jobs, the economy, education, and national security. Instead, we have a candidate, who we know very little about, and she gets press time for calling for the impeachment of the governor. These are crazy times we are living in.

    CBS News, yesterday, cut out a clip from President Clinton’s interview, where he used the word frequently, when describing Hillary’s condition of passing out. CBS Corporate said the clip was cut out for time constraints. They couldn’t spare those 2 seconds. This is just one example of thousands, where the national media is playing their part in fooling the public and trying to control the narrative. The media plays a huge role in our country and is needed, but the credibility of the media is in the tank like the politicians they are trying to help. This is dangerous on so many levels. Trust is everything. The viewer.

  • Dave wrote on September 14, 2016 08:41 AM :

    Nancy Jo, We can tell you are down in the polls and these extremist comments will sink those poll numbers even lower. You remind me of Hillary more each day. Do you have a medical condition we need to know about?

  • Heza Putz wrote on September 14, 2016 11:42 AM :

    A word to the wise in quoting Jefferson…The man wrote and said a lot and volumes could be written on his own seeming contradictions. Speaking of a seeming contradiction, Kemper is a minister who is pro choice on abortion and anti-death penalty.

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