Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin released a video Sunday apologizing for his comments to reporters Friday suggesting that Kentucky children were sexually assaulted or poisoned because of teacher protests.
'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 to NBC5 outside the state Capitol on Friday.
The comments drew ire from both sides of the aisle.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat and Bevin foe, called the governor's comments "morally reprehensible".
On Friday, Senate President Robert Stivers said he would hate it if Bevin's comments "marred" his accomplishments. And the result that can come from that, concern for children who are left vulnerable as a result of that.
"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate", Bevin said.
At the same time, he didn't fully back away from his suggestion that teachers attending protests led to sexual assaults, saying "thank you" to "those of you who understand what I was saying".
"I feel he is gotten a lot warmth that he needed to say one thing", Cooper stated. And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me.
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Educators want those bills to become law because they generate new revenue which will restore funding to public education - funding that Bevin proposed cutting. This is something that is very near and dear to me.
"I grew up surrounded by an appreciation that this is not an easy task", he said of teaching.
"It is my accountability to symbolize you, not exclusively after I'm talking to you, however after I'm talking in your behalf in methods which might be clear, which might be understood, that do not harm folks and do not confuse folks", he stated. Truly, I'm grateful to you.
'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'.
"And so the extent that I try this effectively, nice".
"It hurts me to think that the things that have been done by this administration will be overshadowed by a statement that is indefensible", Stivers said.
Let's work together, we need to work together, frankly, we're all in this boat, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, together, our children, our grandchildren, their futures depend upon us.