Louisville Courier Journal
Published 4:50 PM EDT Oct 14, 2018
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."
The video comes at a time where Bevin faces record low popularity in the Bluegrass State. In a new poll from Morning Consult last week, Bevin was named the fourth least popular governor in the United States. More than 55 percent of those polled disapproved of the Republican, while only 25 percent approved of his work.
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 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 throw 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 reelection 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.”