Kentucky's governor has apologized for his explosive comments suggesting that teachers striking during a budget battle had exposed unattended children to sexual abuse.
"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, a Republican, told reporters Friday evening after teachers swarmed the Capitol by the thousands over a battle to raise education funding in the state.
"I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what's truly best for children", Bevin also said following Friday's rally.
Following widespread outrage over those remarks, Bevin has issued an apology, stating it wasn't his intent to hurt anyone. Bevin stressed that it wasn't his intent to hurt anyone.
"Clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating", Bevin said, referring to his earlier comments. Bevin vetoed both bills, but as ABC News reports, the Kentucky legislature overrode both of those vetoes.
The protests in Kentucky follow teachers' demonstrations across several states, demanding higher pay and more funding for education.
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State, called out Bevin's apology.
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The comments drew near-immediate backlash, with the Republican-led Kentucky House passing a pair of resolutions in condemnation. But the legislature's rush to change the state's troubled public pension system, coupled with Bevin's burn-the-bridges approach to politics, has led to a wave of protests and prompted at least 40 current and former teachers to run for public office this year - a lot of them Democrats.
Bevin said he had teachers in his family and knew it was not an easy task.
Bevin said in the video Sunday that he didn't intend to hurt anyone.
His comments Friday were the latest in a long string of comments teachers have found insulting, but Sunday marked the first time he attempted to apologize.
"Governor Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, but the people of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he said and today's video shows he still does not comprehend why so many were understandably upset", Adkins said in a statement.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat and Bevin foe, called the governor's comments "morally reprehensible". "His contempt and disrespect for teachers and public employees is noted and his enablers are on the list".
And after watching the video Sunday, she said, 'Seriously?