FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Reverend Nancy Jo Kemper has called for Gov. Matt Bevin to be impeached.
Kemper, who is the Democratic candidate in the race for 6th Congressional District representative against Rep. Andy Barr, held a press conference at the State Capitol Tuesday afternoon.
In a press release, Kemper said Bevin's comments are unconstitutional and "an impeachable violation of his sworn oath to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth."
Republican Party of KY spokesman Tres Watson responded to Kemper in a press release, saying, "This is nothing more than a desperate act by a desperate candidate who trails badly in the polls."
Bevin's comments aren't just causing controversy in Kentucky - his comments have also garnered national attention.
Speaking to the annual Values Voter Summit on Saturday in Washington, Bevin said he was asked if the country could ever recover if Hillary Clinton is elected president.
Bevin replied by saying, "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."
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, who is the Democratic candidate in the race for Senator against Sen. Rand Paul, also spoke out about Bevin's comments.
In a press release, Gray said Bevin should "admit he was wrong and apologize to the people of Kentucky for his comments."
Bevin responded to the criticism in a press release, saying he was speaking about the sacrifice required of members of the military. "We cannot be complacent about the determination of radical Islamic extremists to destroy our freedoms," he added.