Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky apologized for, but did not retract, his false claim (originally made on April 13) that “hundreds of thousands” of children were sexually assaulted and used drugs because teachers went on strike for higher wages for one day.
Bevin issued his half-baked apology in a video uploaded on April 15 in which he claimed people were misunderstanding what he said, notes USA TODAY:
The words that people say can have unintended consequences… I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said… It was not my intent.
Bevin also thanked people for supporting his original rant (which was an attack against the underpaid teachers for daring to go one strike for one day):
For those of you who understand what I was saying, thank you. I know a tremendous amount of people didn’t fully appreciate what I was communicating.