FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Matt Bevin apologized for saying that teacher protests led to sexual assault of children.
Bevin made his comments on his YouTube and Twitter page during a four-minute video that was posted Sunday.
“It is not my intent to hurt anybody in the process, but to help us all move forward together,” he said.
He apologized more than once in the video for his remarks that created a firestorm in Frankfort. More than 30 school districts closed Friday and Bevin’s comments came not long after lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of an operating budget that included more spending on public education and an accompanying tax increase.
"The words that people say can have unintended consequences," Bevin said in the video. "I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said.”
Both House Democrats and Republicans made resolutions on the last day of the session Saturday condemning Bevin’s remarks. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchaster, and House Democrat Leader Rocky Adkins both said he needed to apologize.
"For the governor to be offended in some way that people are here, it’s time for him to understand that the Capitol is the people’s house, that this is not Matt Bevin’s house, and there may be somebody else in Kentucky who might have a little different opinion on things than he may have,” Adkins said.
Bevin didn’t totally back down in his video apology. He said there were some who understood what he was trying to say.
“For those of you who understand what I was saying, thank you,” Bevin said in the social media. “I know a tremendous amount of people didn’t fully appreciate what I was communicating.”
Bevin concluded his video to Kentucky by saying everybody needs to stay together.
“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. “When I don’t do that, that’s on me.”
Video of Bevin’s remarks on Friday have flooded Facebook and other social media since it was first posted on Twitter by a reporter on WDRB, causing a stir among the teacher community especially.
Watch Bevin's video on YouTube by clicking here.