Kentucky gov. says "I guarantee" child was sexually assaulted during teacher protests

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin
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18 April, 2018

Last Friday, he told reporters that these striking teachers were responsible for "hundreds of thousands" of children being left home alone and all the dangers they then face.

"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".

The problem isn't that we're offended by what Bevin said; he says bad things all the time and the people of Kentucky are used to it.

Bevin's remarks faced harsh criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

Friday's teacher rally did result in the closure of at least 30 Kentucky school districts, including Erlanger-Elsemere Schools and Bellevue Independent Schools. If he sees teachers as being so essential, he could have talked with the many of them who flooded the Kentucky State Capitol to protest that decision.

Typical of the condemnation for his Friday comments linking teacher protests with child sexual assaults was this one by Sen.

Bevin made his comments on his YouTube and Twitter page during a four-minute video that was posted Sunday.

Amid backlash from state lawmakers and teacher groups, Bevin said his comments were misunderstood by some but were damaging to others.

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"Clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating", Bevin said, referring to his earlier comments.

In his apology on Sunday, Bevin apologized several times and said that his remarks had been misunderstood.

The surge of activism is enough to cast doubts on whether Republicans can keep control of the state House of Representatives in the fall and whether Bevin, an ally of the Trump administration, could survive a re-election campaign in 2019.

Matt Bevin announced he would veto the entire budget and the tax reform bill during a morning news conference in Frankfort, Ky., on April 9, 2018.

"There is no rational comment I could make to that", she said. "We were there with the overwhelming support and encouragement of our parents who know that we care about every student in our classes".

'I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something, ' Cooper said. The pension bill passed by the Kentucky legislature moves new hires onto a hybrid pension plan and would not protect them from future changes to the system.

"It's my responsibility to not only represent you not only when I'm speaking to you but when I'm speaking on your behalf in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don't hurt people", he said.

Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday not to do it again.


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