Kentucky governor apologizes for Expression teacher strike led to assaults

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

After the day's events, Bevin made the comment about teachers to a group of reporters outside the Capitol.

Bevin was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Wisconsin's convention in May in downtown Milwaukee.

Protesters succeeded in their efforts and legislators overturned Bevin's budget and tax vetoes on the final day of the 2018 legislative session. Thousands of teachers gathered at the Capitol to ask lawmakers to override the vetoes.

The comments drew nationwide backlash, including an official condemnation from the Kentucky House of Representatives.

"The words that people say can have unintended consequences", Bevin said in a video posted to his administration's YouTube page.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them".

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'And so the extent that I do that well, great. And to the occasions after I do not do it effectively, that is on me. "I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them".

He also thanked supporters "who understood" his comments on the protests that forced the closure of more than 30 school districts in his state. Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday to not do it once more. That is not a lot of an apology.

'I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something, ' Cooper said. "However it nonetheless wasn't an apology". It was still him defending his words. Everybody heard his phrases. I don't know how we can misunderstand his intent. "In order that simply form of makes me offended".

- Senate Democratic Caucus " It's entirely inappropriate and perverse that the man sitting in the governorship would criticize Kentuckians who stood up today for teachers, public employees and our public education by insinuating that their presence in Frankfort today caused a child to be sexually assaulted", Kentucky Democratic Executive Director Mary Nishimuta said.

"The lecturers and public workers he has insulted over the previous 12 months deserve rather more than this".

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