FRANKFORT, Ky -- Gov. Matt Bevin opposes the removal of Confederate statues around the state. He says removal of historical monuments would be a "sanitization" of history. The governor believes the Confederate monuments should be used to educate young people about mistakes of the past.
The governor tells WVHU Radio in Huntington, WV, removal of Confederate monuments would put the state on a "slippery slope" when it comes to sanitizing history. Bevin says he can't speak for the City of Lexington, but should protests emerge in the event statues are removed there it would be met with "an overwhelming amount of preparation."