Bevin: I Guarantee a Child Was Sexually Abused Today Because of School Closures
The Kentucky General Assembly voted Friday to override vetoes by Governor Matt Bevin, who responded afterwards by alleging that children in the state were physically and sexually abused because they were left home alone after many school districts closed for the day so that teachers could advocate in favor of the legislature's vote.
WDRB reporter Marcus Green shared a video of the governor's statement via Twitter:
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on the teacher rallies today. “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.” pic.twitter.com/Q4PpzFsTt2
— Marcus Green (@MarcusGreenWDRB) April 13, 2018
Bevin also targeted former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, a fellow Republican who stepped down from that post but retained his seat in the House following a secret settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit against him and three other GOP representatives.
The only reason we did not have a special session last year is because Jeff Hoover, a married man, was sexually involved with a very young, single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions...The result was chaos in the KY House that stopped everything
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) April 13, 2018
Republicans control both houses of the General Assembly and the governor's office in Frankfort.