Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin “apologized” on Sunday for a ridiculous outburst two days earlier in which he claimed that protests by teachers in the state had led to children being sexually assaulted.
“You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone? 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 said on Friday about the protests, after his budget veto over education spending went down in flames.
Of course, the governor issued one of those politician-style apologies, in which the blame lies with those criticizing the bad message instead of the one who actually said it.
“One of the other things that’s clear about unintended consequences is sometimes the words that people say, the way in which they say it, or just the misunderstanding that comes from that also can have unintended consequences,” Bevin said in a Facebook post. “And I think that is what happened from the very things that I said.”
While he admitted that the “responsibility for such things falls on the person doing the speaking,” the governor added that “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, and I hurt a lot of people.”
Bevin said that “many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate…I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said, it was not my intent, whatsoever.”
Ok, governor. You can stop talking now.
For the record, following Bevin’s statements to reporters on Friday, WAVE 3 News confirmed that “In our coverage area, police have not alerted us to any crimes against children being reported on Friday.”