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Kentucky Governor: Patriots May Need to 'Shed Blood' if Clinton Gets Elected

"The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood."

Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Ky.) AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said over the weekend that patriots may need to "shed blood" if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

Bevin, speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., said he was asked recently if the country would ever be able to "survive" if the Democratic nominee gets elected. He acknowledged that, while some have said "no," he does think the U.S. could "recover."

"I do think it would be possible, but at what price?" Bevin said. "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. It might be that of our children and grandchildren."

"I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically,” Bevin said, according to the Washington Post. “But that may, in fact, be the case."

Asked later about his comments, Bevin said he was referring to the U.S. military shedding blood against radical Islamic terrorists overseas.

“We cannot be complacent about the determination of radical Islamic extremists to destroy our freedoms. Nor can we allow apathy and indifference to allow our culture to crumble from within. We need strong leadership at every level of government to defend our Constitution and our republic. We must fight to preserve the exceptionalism and the promise of America, because America is worth it," Bevin said, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.

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