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16 April 2018, 11:45 | Erica Roy
In the video posted Sunday Bevin apologized “for those who have been hurt by the things that were said.”
Politicians have responded to Governor Matt Bevin's apology, hours after it was posted on social media Sunday.
"Clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating", Bevin said, referring to his earlier comments.
While speaking with reporters in Frankfort Friday, Bevin claimed that teachers who called in sick to protest put the children's lives in danger.
"It's entirely inappropriate and perverse that the man sitting in the governorship would criticize Kentuckians who stood up today for teachers, public employees and our public education by insinuating that their presence in Frankfort today caused a child to be sexually assaulted", Kentucky Democratic Executive Director Mary Nishimuta said.
"You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?"
The Republican issued his apology in a almost four-minute video posted online, saying "it is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process, but to help us all move forward together".
The GOP-led Kentucky House later approved a pair of resolutions condemning Bevin's comments.
Friday's teacher rally did result in the closure of at least 30 Kentucky school districts, including Erlanger-Elsemere Schools and Bellevue Independent Schools.
Although the teachers succeeded in protecting pensions for current workers and pressuring legislators into overriding Bevin's veto, Kentucky teachers could still face problems in the future.
Bevin posted a video to his Twitter account Sunday in an effort to explain his comments.
'And so the extent that I do that well, great.
Robin Cooper, an occupational therapist in Fayette County, the state's second-largest public school district, was among the thousands of educators protesting at the Capitol in recent weeks. Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday not to do it again.
'I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something, ' Cooper said. It was still him defending his words.
On Friday, Senate President Robert Stivers said he would hate it if Bevin's comments "marred" his accomplishments. Everyone heard his words. "In order that simply form of makes me offended".
"His insults of teachers over the a year ago have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official", Nishimuta wrote in a statement.
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