Ken­tucky Gov. Bevin apol­o­gizes for child sex abuse re­marks

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Ken­tucky Gov. Matt Bevin apol­o­gized Sun­day for say­ing chil­dren were sex­u­ally abused be­cause they were left home alone while teach­ers ral­lied to ask law­mak­ers to over­ride his ve­toes.

The Repub­li­can is­sued his apol­ogy in a nearly four-minute video posted on­line, say­ing that “it is not my in­tent to hurt any­body in this process, but to help us all move for­ward to­gether.”

On Fri­day, Bevin’s ex­plo­sive com­ments were part of his state­ment crit­i­ciz­ing teach­ers for leav­ing work to protest at the Capi­tol. More than 30 school districts closed Fri­day. Bevin’s com­ments came shortly af­ter Repub­li­can law­mak­ers voted to over­ride his ve­toes of an op­er­at­ing bud­get that in­cluded in­creased spend­ing for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion with the help of a tax in­crease.

The GOP-led Ken­tucky House con­demned Bevin’s com­ments.

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