Bevin apologizes, seeks to clarify comments about teacher protests from Friday

04/15/2018 02:41 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, took to social media again on Sunday, this time seeking to clarify his comments from Friday where he alleged that children in Kentucky were sexually assaulted during the teacher protests on Friday which closed dozens of school districts across Kentucky.

In the nearly 4 minute long video posted to his Twitter account on Sunday, Bevin said he realizes he “hurt a lot of people.” Bevin said he apologized to those that were hurt by the things that he said on Friday, and added the responsibility for his words falls on him.

Speaking to several media outlets on Friday, Bevin kids were assaulted in Kentucky because teachers were not in their classrooms.

“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,” Bevin said. “I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them.”

Bevin’s comments quickly drew ire from across the nation, and his comments were publicly rebuked by multiple Republicans and Democrats on the final day of the legislative session on Saturday.



  • Dee W. wrote on April 15, 2018 07:08 PM :

    There’s no clarification – he should have just said “I said something really, really stupid and I apologize. I have embarrassed myself and this Commonwealth with those remarks. It is not something I should have ever said or even thought. I deserve all of the scorn that was directed toward me for those remarks and there can be no excuse for what I said. Again, I apologize.”

  • Honest Parley wrote on April 16, 2018 06:19 AM :

    We do not consider this statement an unconditional apology or a sincere effort to make amends for his poor judgement and the results of it. Governor Bevin is lost and frantically searching. The righteous, after all, shall be humbled, and the humble shall be exalted.

    Further, we consider the camera angle to have been another poor choice by the one who considers himself a master self-marketer. It appears as if he is in his walk-in closet, hidden away and recording the video in secret. The best part, though, is how the camera angle makes him appear, as if he has fashioned himself a new pompadour in preparation for an audition of Jersey Boys. John Henchman in the Governor’s office will also have a role, as will Bryan Smallerman and of course the Brick-Man Blake-Man.

    There you have it – the Jersey Boys, the likes of which Kentucky, and New Jersey, have never seen.

  • Heza Putz wrote on April 16, 2018 08:39 AM :

    Too much equivocation always ruins a true apology. Plus, HP is right, horrible optics. Did the Governor not have time to get that jacket to a tailor?

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on April 16, 2018 09:46 AM :

    The chief Republican leader said his comments were misunderstood by us so he will not admit he did anything wrong. His weakness is so clear. I don’t see how voters think people like this should be elected their leader when there are other options. He needs to stay in his pension management business as a CEO where he can be abusive to others and not suffer the consequences, don’t you think?

  • Ricky Lee Williams JR. wrote on April 16, 2018 10:10 AM :

    If we lose the House or Not , Ryan Quarles for Governor. If we lose the House in 19 , Stivers has to go. Replaced by David Givens as Senate Presdient. Mac Brown needs to be addressed before the RPK burns to the ground with Bevin. We have hit bottom in leadership in this state. The lack of leaders stepping up is astonishing. KY politics is just plan toxic at the moment.. RL

  • Raymond Hurst wrote on April 16, 2018 12:00 PM :

    There is nothing to clarify. Being from New Hampshire; he doesn’t even know that here in Kentucky we speak English; just like he does. We know exactly what he said. It isn’t Ky politics that is toxic; it is Republican politics in Ky that is toxic. Bevin has not messed over us by himself. He has done or tried to do it with the help of his Party in Frankfort. Clean house and put more of the same Party back in, and we will still have the same thing we have now. We get what we pay for.

  • Ronald J. Ward wrote on April 16, 2018 02:21 PM :

    Some folks can follow the Koch/Devos conquer and divide playbook better than others I suppose. It ultimately worked well for Scott Walker as he was re-elected and maintaianed his corporately owned super-majority, all while demonizing teachers and blaming them. It seems that Bevin has never missed an opportunity to please his puppet masters. Looks like he got a bit greedy in his quest for attaboys.

    Yes, we all understand exactly what he said. And most of us know why.

  • Heza Putz wrote on April 16, 2018 07:24 PM :

    What really saved Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin, following full fledged union riots, was when non-public sector Wisconsinites found out what ridiculously sweet deals Wisconsin teachers really had and said screw that noise. Trump also won Wisconsin hmmmmmm

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