Just one week after traveling Kentucky with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to advocate for her plan to co-opt federal tax dollars from public schools to support private and religious schools, Governor Bevin once again thrust himself into the debates about education, teachers – and gun control.
On Thursday, Bevin told members of a Kentucky Rotary Club that public school teachers who staged a “sick-out” were responsible for the non-fatal shooting of a 7-year old girl, as the Courier Journal reports.
That young girl was shot accidentally by her 11-year old brother while they were reportedly in the care of their uncle, who was outside at the time.
“One thing you almost didn’t hear anything about while we had people pretending to be sick when they weren’t sick, and leaving kids unattended to or in situations that they should not have been in — a little girl was shot, 7 years old, by another kid,” Governor Bevin said.
“Because they were somewhere that they weren’t intended and because a parent didn’t have any option, put them in a situation so that they could go to work, it left these kids in a compromised situation where they encountered a gun and there was not enough awareness.”
The teachers, who are by law not allowed to strike, organized the sick out to protest at the state capitol after lawmakers without notice started to legislate away their pension rights.
This is far from Bevin’s only attack on public school teachers, and far from his most controversial remark.
One year ago Bevin blamed teachers for children being raped and “introduced to drugs” during a teachers’ protest over the state budget that forced schools to close.
“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,” Bevin, said in April of 2018. “I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them.”
“Children were harmed – some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time – because they were vulnerable and left alone,” he insisted.
There were no reports of any children harmed as a result of the strike.
Bevin also came under fire nationally – and at one point even by popular NBC weatherman Al Roker – after the governor mocked some school districts in his own state for deciding to close during sub-zero weather.
“By the way, this nitwit governor in Kentucky, saying that, ‘Oh, we’re weak.’ These are kids who are going to be in sub-zero wind chills. No, cancel school. Stop it. Adults, if they want to be out there, that’s great. These are our children,” Roker blasted back in January.
In February of 2018, after a horrific shooting in Kentucky, Bevin blamed “psychiatric drugs,” but not guns, for America’s gun violence and mass shooting pandemic.
And last month Bevin, who does not believe in science or vaccines, came under fire after he revealed he had sent all nine of his own children to a “chicken pox party” because “this is America.”
Bevin, according to a recent poll, is the nation’s most unpopular governor.
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Rand Paul Blames ‘Exorbitant Taxes’ for Police Killing of Eric Garner (Video)
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says the NYPD’s 2014 killing of an unarmed Black man, Eric Garner, by suffocation, was because of “exorbitant taxes.”
Garner had quit his job as a horticulturalist for health reasons, and police were in the process of starting to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes without a tax stamp on a package.
“In fact the death of Eric Garner, the sad death of Eric Garner being choked to death in New York City, had to do with taxes,” the Kentucky Republican Senator claimed on the floor of the Senate Friday morning.
“And some people are offended by this, oh, ‘it’s police brutality.’ Of course it was. But it was police brutality based on exorbitant taxes that caused this man to be selling cigarettes. loose cigarettes, in order to try to make a living,” Paul said.
Garner wasn’t selling loose cigarettes because taxes were too high. If anything, the lack of access to health care is far more to blame for Garner being forced to quit his job for health reasons and taking to the streets to try to make money selling cigarettes than taxes.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) just now on the Senate floor blamed the police-killing of Eric Garner on high taxes: “It was police brutality based on exorbitant taxes.” pic.twitter.com/MMxc7AQM5A
— The Recount (@therecount) May 28, 2021
WATCH: Trump Jr. Pushes Conspiracy Theory the U.S. Military Is ‘Literally Attacking American Civilians’
Donald Trump, Jr. continued to rile up his supporters with conspiracy theories in new video posted online on Friday.
“Guys, what the hell is going on with our military this last week?” he asked. “It’s been politicized like we’ve never seen before, but look at this — they’re literally attacking American civilians.”
He went on to complain about Fox News personality Tucker Carlson receiving pushback for his attacks on female service members before being 45 years off when estimating when Guam became a U.S. territory as he defended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
GOP Governor Faceplants on CNN: Ending Mask Mandates Is ‘Following the Data’
CNN host Jake Tapper grilled Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Sunday over his decision to lift mask mandates and COVID-19 related restrictions on businesses in his state.
“The governor’s office is getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do,” the Republican governor announced on March 2.
Tapper started off his interview this weekend by telling Reeves that health experts were warning that “people will get sick and die” because of his decision. But Reeves insisted he was just “following the data.”
“We know more people are likely to get sick and die without mask mandates and that is what the science says,” Tapper said. “Why is this a tradeoff you’re willing to make?”
But Reeves insisted his state was in good shape. He also lashed out President Joe Biden, who last week accused Reeves and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of “Neanderthal thinking” for their decisions to end mask mandates and other measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Let’s talk a little bit more about the data,” Reeves told Tapper. “The fact is that at our peak, we had 1,450 Mississippians in hospital beds because of the virus. Today, that number is below 400. At our peak, we had 360 Mississippians in ICU beds. At this point that number is below 120. The fact is we have seen significantly reduced levels. and, oh, by the way, unlike President Biden who wants to insult Americans and insult Mississippians, I actually trust Mississippians to make good decisions.”
Tapper then asked Reeves if he thought it was a good idea for the residents of his state to continue wearing masks, to which Reeves replied that he did.
“If you have not received the vaccination and you’re going into a large crowd or if you’re going out to dinner, I strongly encourage Mississippians and people across the country to wear a mask because I believe that it does, in fact, reduce the ability of individuals to spread the virus. No question about that,” Reeves said.
“Only about 9% of Mississippi residents have been fully vaccinated – 9%,” Tapper noted. “The governor of neighboring Alabama, Republican Kay Ivey, is extending her mask mandate another month. Why not do the same thing so you can get more of your constituents vaccinated before relaxing your measures? We all want to go back to normal. The fear is if you do this, it will take longer to actually get back to normal.”
“Well, I should start by saying I love and appreciate Governor Ivey over in Alabama,” Reeves replied. “She is a great friend of mine and has been for many, many years. But when you look at the numbers in Mississippi, it doesn’t justify government intervention. It just simply does not. It doesn’t justify statewide mask mandates. You’ve made a very valid point earlier that statewide mask mandates have been in effect in our state over the last six months and we are not going back to that.”
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