Presidential candidate responds to tweet calling him racist
Matt Bevin (R) on Thursday responded to a tweet by a Donald Trump supporter that called him a racist.
Bevin posted a message on Twitter from Trump critic and former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that was “a big part of the reason I decided to run for president.”
“I have always said that I don’t support Trump,” Bevin wrote.
“I was a Trump supporter, and I stand with Trump on the issue of slavery.
I stand against any form of racism.
I have never had any hatred toward anyone.”
“That is the reason why I am running,” he continued.
“As a proud Republican, I am also a proud American.
I would be the first person in Kentucky to stand up and be my own voice in opposition to Trump and his racist agenda.
I will not be intimidated by Trump’s racist politics or his divisive rhetoric.
I am a candidate who believes in the Constitution, who believes we can achieve equality under the law and who believes the U.S. Constitution should be the standard by which we all measure ourselves.”
“Instead, the governor believes that the Republican Party is the party of freedom and justice, which includes the rights of every American, including immigrants.” “
The fact that Sen. Cruz would even consider supporting a candidate that is so opposed to immigrants and the border is not an issue of whether or not he has racist tendencies,” Bevins statement said.
“Instead, the governor believes that the Republican Party is the party of freedom and justice, which includes the rights of every American, including immigrants.”
“Rand Paul has a history of voting against equality for people of color, and he should not be given the privilege of serving in the United States Senate if he thinks he has the right to do so,” Bevs statement said, adding that he would “make it very clear to anyone who votes for him that I would not tolerate him as our next senator.”
Bevin has received support from some Republicans on the 2016 presidential race, including Rep. Mark Sanford (R., S.C.), who was the first African American elected to Congress in South Carolina and has called for a border wall.
The Kentucky governor’s position on immigration comes as a handful of governors have said they would not vote for a GOP nominee who is considered a racist, including North Carolina Gov.
Pat McCrory (R.), Alabama Gov.
Robert Bentley (R.) and Arizona Gov.
Doug Ducey (R).
Some of these governors have faced criticism for their stances, such as McCrories comments that undocumented immigrants should be “shot to death.”
Bevines statement said that the governor would be “unapologetic” about supporting a “strong, principled, and principled conservative candidate” for president, adding, “I will be the strongest voice for the Republican agenda in Kentucky.”