Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) over the weekend said conservatives may have to physically fight to protect their values if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE is elected president.
“I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically,” Bevin said during a speech at the Value Voters Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
“But that may, in fact, be the case.”
He suggested "patriots" may need to shed blood to "reclaim" the country if Clinton wins.
"Whose blood will be shed? It might be that of those in this room," Bevin said.
"It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something that we, through our apathy and indifference, have given away."
Asked to clarify his statements Monday, Bevin said they were about military sacrifice, according to Kentucky.com.
“Today we have thousands of men and women in uniform fighting for us overseas and they need our full backing,” Bevin said in a statement.
“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.”