Republican Governor Calls Teachers ‘Ignorant’ and ‘Selfish’ for Opposing GOP’s Proposed Cuts to Retirement

By Sahid Fawaz

Teachers in Kentucky are unhappy with the Republican attack on their retirement system. And the Republican governor his mad that they are expressing their unhappiness.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports:

“Gov. Matt Bevin ignited fresh outrage among Kentucky teachers Wednesday after he delivered a tongue-lashing to them for opposing Republican efforts to cut their retirement benefits, stupefying some of his GOP colleagues who called the remarks ‘inappropriate.’

During an interview Tuesday on WVLC radio in Campbellsville, Bevin called teachers who oppose Senate Bill 1 ‘selfish’ and ‘ignorant,’ comparing them to disloyal Americans who hoarded rationed goods during World War II.

‘This would be like people having mass demonstrations about, “No I want my butter, I want my sugar, I’m going to keep all my steel and my rubber and my copper, and to heck with the rest of you people, you better keep giving me mine,”‘ Bevin said.

‘That’s what it is, it’s the most remarkable commentary about who we are in modern times,’ Bevin said. ‘It’s just straight up about wanting more than your fair share.’

Wednesday afternoon, Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim fired back: “We were shocked today by the disrespectful verbal attacks leveled at the teachers of Kentucky by Governor Bevin.”

‘It’s true that countless teachers have had the audacity to stand up to our governor and the state legislature to demand the funding our students deserve and the retirement benefits we were promised,’ McKim said on Facebook. ‘We ask our governor to remember he is a role model for Kentucky students too, so he should not be modeling name-calling or the disparaging of any group of our commonwealth’s citizens.’

Bevin’s remarks also were condemned by House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, R-Prospect.”

For the rest of the story, check out the full article at the Lexington Herald Leader.

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