Republican KY Gov Says Striking Teachers Are To Blame If Children Get Assaulted While Not In School

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Republicans have taken pride in their ability to “frame the debate,” no matter the issue. If taxes are discussed, Republicans insert the phrase “tax relief.” If women’s bodily autonomy is on the table, conservatives turn to one of their favorites, “unborn child.”

It’s a strategy that’s been decades in the making, and it seems to work for them. Many of their doublespeak phrases have trickled down into the national lexicon and are in use to this day — The Ghost of Ronald Reagan surely smiles every time he hears a Democrat accidentally use the not-even-remotely-subtle racist term “Welfare Queen.”

Sometimes, however, it backfires. And that’s what I’m hoping is the case with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, who tried to frame the debate about teachers in the state holding a rally over school funding and pensions as an attack on kids.

God, that doesn’t sound nearly gross enough to describe what Bevin said to reporters outside a courtroom, just hours before his state legislature would eventually override his veto of a budget that actually helps education in the state, so we’ll let this video do the talking:

“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. I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn’t have enough money to take care of them.”

That’s right — the Republican Governor of Kentucky just blamed teachers for children being sexually assaulted because they’re not in school.

I guess he forgot that kids are out of school three months of the year. I wonder who he thinks is keeping those poor, defenseless kids from being injured and poisoned during summer break?!

It looks like Matt Bevin is trying to take a page from the Donald Trump playbook. Trump has become the master of manipulating his own base with this kind of “the other side hates babies/America/the flag” rhetoric, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if up-and-coming politicians like Matt Bevin tried to run for even higher office on just that kind of talk.

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