Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin — in a speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday — implied the ideologically divisive 2016 election could end in bloodshed.
Bevin said he was asked in an earlier interview if he thought it would be possible "if Hillary Clinton were to win the election . . . to recover as a nation."
Bevin, a staunch conservative who championed Kim Davis — the Kentucky county clerk who in 2015 broke federal law in refusing marriage certificates to same-sex couples — and campaigned against the right of transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity, answered, "I do think it would be possible, but at what price?"
Added Bevin: "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."
And he continued, "I have nine children." Bevin said, "It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something that we, through our apathy and our indifference, have given away."