After apologizing, Bevin goes after some teachers for "thug mentality"

03/21/2018 02:43 PM

BOWLING GREEN- A day after apologizing for comments made on a Campbellsville radio station last week, Gov. Matt Bevin again attacked protesting teachers while on a radio station in Bowling Green.

Gov. Bevin appeared on the “The Morning Show” on WKCT Tuesday morning, where he spoke with hosts Chad Young and Al Arbogast about the ongoing tensions with teachers and public employees over the pension reform bill.

Bevin said the decision of teachers and public employees to protest outside the business of Senate Bill One Sponsor Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, was “thug mentality.”

“To call and harass his employees, simply because he’s trying to save the state’s pension system. That’s the kind of thug mentality that’s being dealt with, and it’s unfortunate,” he said.

Bevin went on to push blame on the Kentucky Education Association for not wanting a solution to the pension crisis. Saying the KEA has spent a lot of money to ensure things stay the same.

“If the teacher is not comfortable in retirement, or if the teacher is not comfortable with their financial security, maybe they rely more on the union maybe that’s what it is. Maybe it’s a union tactic to make teachers dependent on them and not on their own savings,” Bevin suggested.

These comments come after he called teachers selfish and ignorant and compared their protests against the pension reform bill to protesting rations during World War II.

Bevin posted a Facebook video the following weekend apologizing to teachers for the comments. Gov. Bevin also apologized on Monday while speaking with teachers in Murray. WKMS reports, Bevin said “he was truly sorry” for any hurt caused by the pension issue.

Despite the pension reform bill likely being dead in it’s current form teachers have been protesting at the Capitol for weeks, including Wednesday where several districts were closed while teachers attended the rally.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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