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KENTUCKY, January 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In the midst of the controversy still swirling around the Catholic school boys from his state who marched for life in Washington, D.C., Kentucky’s Governor Matt Bevin has spoken out in defense of the young men.

And like President Trump, Bevin has called out media outlets and others who callously and recklessly rushed to condemn the boys in order to promote their own liberal agenda.  

“Had hoped to avoid weighing in on the ongoing drama surrounding the now infamous video of some High School students in Washington DC,” wrote Gov. Bevin in a Tweet. “But many in the media and privately have asked for my thoughts.”

“Frankly, I am saddened by the whole thing,” he added.

“It was amazing how quick those who preach tolerance and non-judgment of others were to judge and label some high school students based on partial information,” continued Bevin. “There are none more intolerant than liberals who don’t like your options, values, faith beliefs, political stance, etc.”

The Kentucky governor was perhaps suggesting that the boys were prime targets for liberals because they wore bright red MAGA hats, made popular by President Trump during his campaign for the Oval Office, as well as the fact that they were in D.C. for a pro-life cause, and are Catholic Christians.

Bevin went on to excoriate members of the media.

“In a world where we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, we have increasingly little discernment and wisdom,” said Bevin in a subsequent Tweet.  

“Facts matter...The truth matters...Context matters,” he continued. “A little more genuine caring for one another and a little less digital vitriol would be good for all.”

Over the last few days, news and social media exploded with claims that a group of male students from a Catholic high school in Covington, Kentucky, had mocked an elderly native American who was allegedly in D.C. to promote peace.

As previously reported by LifeSiteNews:

The original video showed the man, “indigenous peoples” activist Nathan Phillips, beating a drum and singing while students in Trump’s iconic red “Make America Great Again” hats laughed and hollered around him, with one student in particular grinning inches from the man’s face. But additional video and firsthand accounts soon revealed Phillips was the one who waded into the group waiting for its bus and decided to beat a drum inches from Nick Sandmann’s face, and other adults who accompanied Phillips shouted taunts like “white people, go back to Europe” at the kids.

Many major media outlets, pundits, and politicos ran with Phillips’ initial claims about the event, issuing strong condemnations of the young men, who were quickly vindicated after additional video footage was uncovered.

Gov. Bevin has been described as “unabashedly Christian.” His large family includes four former orphans adopted from Ethiopia for a total of 10 kids.  

“For me, it’s easy. It’s not even hard to be pro-life,” Bevin told Kentucky Today in 2016. “I don’t give a rip what people think about it for me politically. It’s so cathartic not to care about your stance on something affecting your political career. I genuinely don’t. I didn’t intend to have a political career. I’m not trying to build a new career, politically. It allows me to do what I truly believe to be right and to stand on it with conviction – to do what’s right and let the chips fall where they may.”



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