Kentucky Governor Apologizes For Controversial Comments About Teachers' Strike

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

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin

(Frankfort, Ky.) - Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is apologizing for his remarks that suggested the teacher walkouts left children vulnerable to harm, drugs and even sexual assault.  

"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 told reporters Friday as teachers from across the state came to the Capitol to protest. "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 remarks faced harsh criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.  He posted a video on Twitter Sunday saying his comments had, "unintended consequences." 

"For those of you who understood what I'm saying, thank you. I appreciate that you do, but clearly, a tremendous number of people did not appreciate what it was that I was communicating or what it was that I was trying to say, and I hurt a lot of people," Bevin said.

He added that many people have been hurt or just misunderstood what he was trying to say.  Bevin stressed that it wasn't his intent to hurt anyone. 

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