Bevin said of the protesters: “Children were harmed — some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time — because they were vulnerable and left alone.”
On Sunday, Bevin said “I’m sorry,” but buffered the apology with about four minutes of wordy passive voice.
“I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said. It was not my intent whatsoever,” the governor said.
“It’s my responsibility to represent you — not only when I’m speaking to you, but when I’m speaking on your behalf — in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don’t hurt people and don’t confuse people,” he added, addressing public employees. “And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don’t do it well, that’s on me.”
“I do again— I’m sorry for those of you, every single of one of you, that has been hurt by things that I have said.”
This is still a half-assed apology, the "If I hurt you" qualifier is a classic GOP copout. "I'm sorry because I said things that were hurtful and wrong" is the correct answer, much less apologizing for suggesting that kids were physically abused because teachers were protesting and that it was the teachers' fault.
Also, Bevin didn't bother to apologize until after his accusations gained national attention over the weekend and after Kentucky's GOP-controlled House censured Bevin not once, but twice in the session where his vetoes were overridden, only adding to his massive embarrassment.
I really hope this is the straw the breaks Bevin's political back. We'll see what the climate is like in 2019 when he's up for a second term, but at this point if he does go down in flames, this is looking like the point where Kentucky voters changed their minds about him.