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State Rep.-Elect Attica Scott: Bevin ‘Out Of Line’ Comparing Trump Comments To Rap

J. Tyler Franklin

A future state representative is taking issue with Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent comparison of sexually aggressive comments made by Donald Trump to rap music, video games and movies.

Attica Scott, a former Louisville Metro councilwoman, said Bevin’s comments were out of line for the governor’s office. Scott said for the governor to compare Trump’s remarks bragging about sexually harassing and groping women to anything “is inappropriate.”

“What does this say for me as a woman going to serve in Frankfort when our governor is willing to make excuses for a candidate for president and the way in which this candidate feels comfortable violating women’s bodies, bodies like my own,” she said.

On the Terry Meiners show on WHAS Tuesday, Bevin said that Trump’s comments bragging about groping and sexually harassing women were offensive, but then said critics of Trump’s language were hypocritical because they consume “the very same type of trash in movies and music and video games.”

Bevin specifically highlighted those who listen to rap music, read “Fifty Shades of Gray” and play the video game “Grand Theft Auto.”

Scott especially took issue with the governor’s contempt of rap music; on Monday night she Tweetedseveral rap music videos to Bevin’s Twitter account, including songs by Janelle Monae, Common and Nas.

“The implication for me is that all of rap music is vulgar in language and that’s just not true,” Scott said. “And so that’s ignorant to me…for him to, as governor of Kentucky, not be aware of the varieties in which music exists, including rap music.”

The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Scott will be first African-American woman to serve in the state legislature in 20 years. She won the Democratic primary for Kentucky’s 41st House District in Louisville in the spring and is running unopposed in the general election.

The WHAS interview was the first time Bevin publicly talked about Trump’s comments; his office never responded to a request for comment on Trump’s remarks after they came to light in early October.

Sen. Mitch McConnell called Trump’s comments “repugnant and unacceptable in any circumstance.”

Trump is expected to handily win Kentucky’s eight electoral votes on Election Day next week.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He grew up in Lexington.

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