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KY Governor-elect calls cartoon 'overtly racist attack on my children'

(PHOTO: Lexington Herald-Leader/ Joel Pett) (PHOTO: Lexington Herald-Leader/ Joel Pett)

Matt Bevin has fired back at the newspaper that published an editorial cartoon that the Governor-elect has called an racist attack on his children. 

The cartoon, drawn by Lexington Herald-Leader's Joel Pett, shows what appears to be Bevin hiding underneath his desk. Framed photos of his children are on the desk with Bevin's aid saying, "Sir, they're not terrorists...They're your own adopted kids!"

The Kentucky Governor-elect took to Twitter to voice is anger towards the caricature.

"Shame on the Lexington @HeraldLeader for publishing a deplorable, overtly racist attack on my children," Bevin tweeted. He continued saying the tone of racial intolerance by the newspaper does not have a place in Kentucky.

Pett responded Thursday night saying he was not attacking Bevin's adopted children. 

"Did I attack his children? Of course not," Pett wrote on the Herald-Leader's website. "Was the cartoon racist or critical of adopting children, as some are suggesting? The fact that he adopted children from Africa, a continent whose promise and challenges I routinely draw about, is the thing I admire the most about Bevin."

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