Matt Bevin goes full Rambo and throws grenades in new Twitter video

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Matt Bevin during his Rambo video (Twitter screen capture)
Matt Bevin during his Rambo video (Twitter screen capture)

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin channeled his inner action hero and took on government regulations in a new video where he throws smoke bombs and shoots grenade launchers.

“When I was elected a couple of years ago I talked about blowing things up like red tape, blowing up things like corruption, blowing up things like pay-to-play and inside deals …” Bevin said. “We’ve talked about blowing up a whole lot of things. It is literally the embodiment of what you’re about to see here in a minute.”

From the beginning, we’ve made it clear…We won’t stand for the way things have “always been done.”

In the Sylvester Stallone-type montage, the Kentucky Republican proceeds to throw police-issue grenades, smoke bombs and even fire off rounds from a grenade launcher while hardcore action music plays in the background.

At one point, Bevin loads a round into a grenade launcher and, like a rogue cowboy, flips it shut with one hand and then says “get it done” before firing it into the air.

Bevin filmed all this in Eddyville at the Kentucky State Penitentiary’s gun range, he said in the video. He was there with members of his administration, including Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton.

In the final seconds of the nearly two-minute video, Bevin and his cabinet members walk through white smoke in slow motion.

The video was posted a day after President Donald Trump came to Kentucky for a rally in Richmond. During his speech, he took a moment to say that Bevin is a “successful businessman” who “doesn’t want to be political.”

“I like him a lot, he’s a terrific man and a terrific governor,” Trump said Saturday night.

Bevin is running for re-election in 2019. The only publicly declared candidate so far is Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

“A governor should act with decency, dignity and maturity,” said Brad Bowman, a Beshear spokesman. “This video shows why Kentuckians will make a change in 2019. In the meantime, Gov. Bevin should refund every tax dollar used to make this video.”

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Written by Thomas Novelly. Cross-posted with permission
from the Courier-Journal via the Kentucky Press News Service.