Kentucky Governor Insults Teachers – Then Gets Taken To The Woodshed For Fake Apology


Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, said some really awful things about teachers on Friday in response to the one-day strike they staged to protest lack of funding. And then he made an even bigger jackass of himself by offering up a pathetic non-apology apology.

Teachers in states across the country walked out of the classroom to go on strike for better pay and increased education funding, especially in West Virginia and Oklahoma.

In Kentucky, teachers chose to strike in front of the state capitol building for a single day, and rather than address their concerns, Bevin insulted them instead with some outrageous claims. Bevin told reporters that:

“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. 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. Children were harmed – some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time – because they were vulnerable and left alone.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

Bevin’s remarks made national headlines and offended teachers and parents alike. After all, teachers work damn hard to make sure kids get the best education possible, but lawmakers, especially Republican lawmakers, have made that job more difficult over the years by cutting funding and expecting teachers to do everything from babysitting to doctoring to security in addition to teaching.

Kentucky Republicans passed a bill to cut teacher pensions and Bevin vetoed a bill that teacher unions say would have created millions of dollars in new revenues for public education.

After much outrage over his remarks, Bevin posted a video on Twitter insisting that he was misunderstood and claimed to regret that what he said hurt people.

Bevin said that he was trying to communicate that there are “unintended consequences” for the actions of the teachers who went on strike, ironically ignoring the consequences of slashing teacher pensions and cutting education budgets that hurt far more children than a teacher going on strike would do.

Bevin also wrote off his words as just him being ineffective in this particular instance and seemed to be criticizing his critics for not “appreciating” his tone-deaf and offensive message. Bevin said:

“For those of you understanding what I’m saying, thank you, I appreciate that you do. But clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating or what it was that I was trying to say. I hurt a lot of people, many people have been confused or hurt, or just misunderstand what I was trying to communicate. That’s my responsibility. I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said, it was not my intent whatsoever.”

Twitter users weren’t buying it.

Claiming that children would be raped because teachers went on strike is horrendous.

Bevin clearly tried to bully teachers and shame them into not protesting by saying what he said. Child sexual abuse is a real issue that people should take seriously, but accusing teachers of causing children to be sexually abused is a red line and Bevin crossed it. People from across Kentucky’s political spectrum is giving him hell for it.

That’s the only reason he put out his “apology.”

But it looks like that “apology” didn’t work, and Bevin can expect consequences at the voting booth in 2019 when Kentucky will get a chance to vote for governor again.

Featured Image: YouTube screenshot.