Matt Bevin, the Tea Partier challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell from the right in the Republican primary, has been taking some heat for addressing at a rally put on by a group trying to legalize cockfighting in Kentucky. His response is to make this absolutely bizarre claim:
Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin continued to address his presence at a rally for supporters of legalizing cockfighting by saying America’s Founding Fathers were very involved in the cockfighting world too.
“But it’s interesting when you look at cockfighting and dogfighting as well,” Bevin said in an interview on the Terry Meiners Show on Louisville’s WHAS on Thursday. “This isn’t something new, it wasn’t invented in Kentucky for example. I mean the Founding Fathers were all many of them very involved in this and always have been [sic.]“
Uh, what? Evidence, please.
In the same interview Bevin said he’s never “been to a cockfight” and doesn’t “condone cockfighting.”
“I’m going to defend the right of people to freely gather and discuss whatever they want to,” Bevin said. “I’m a believer in the Constitution and in the First Amendment,” Bevin also said. “Not just for raising money but also for freedom of speech.”
Oh yes, of course. Because defending their right to free speech obviously means you have to attend the event and speak to them. Just like you can’t defend the right of the KKK to free speech without putting on a white sheet and lynching a black person, amirite?