On Sunday a Second Amendment rally took place in Kentucky. About 100 people gathered at the state capitol in Frankfort. What was supposed to be a peaceful rally turned ugly when an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear was hung from a tree outside the governor’s mansion.
The rally, was held to “inspire people about what it really means to be FREE,” according to Take Back Kentucky.
The protest was held because of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions put in place by Beshear and his administration. Many of the protesters carried guns and waved “Don’t tread on me” flags. Taps were played at one point to honor the fallen.
Tony Wheatley of Constitutional Kentucky spoke during the event. He asked the crowd to “recognize their ownership of the Constitution.”
Pastor Cliff Christman also spoke during the event.
“This has been one of the biggest shams in world history,” Christman said. “Grown men have been hiding in (their) homes nearly wetting their pants over this invisible enemy that nobody sees. Where is it at? Let it come out and face us. I serve the one true and living God who conquers all enemies. Why should we give our freedom and our liberties up for such fear (and) propaganda and all the garbage that is coming out of Frankfort today?”
As the event wound down the remaining crowd headed to the governor’s mansion to try to hand-deliver a request for Beshear to resign. Several of them carried signs reading “Abort Beshear from office” and “My rights don’t end where your fear begins.
No one answered the door at the mansion and Kentucky State troopers got out of their cars but they did not interfere in the situation. It is unclear if Beshear was at home at the time.
The crowd then returned to the capitol where the effigy of Beshear was hung from a tree as “God Bless the U.S.A” played on a loudspeaker.
A sign was placed on the effigy that read, “sic semper tyrannis,” which means “thus always to tyrants.”
The hanging of the effigy was quickly condemned by state leaders including Mitch McConnell.
“As a strong defender of the First Amendment, I believe Americans have the right to peacefully protest,” McConnell said on Twitter. “However, today’s action toward Governor Beshear is unacceptable. There is no place for hate in Kentucky.”
Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams called the effigy “disgusting” on social media.
“I condemn it wholeheartedly,” he tweeted. “The words of John Wilkes Booth have no place in the Party of Lincoln.”
A joint statement was issued by Kentucky House Democratic Leader Joni Jenkins, House Democratic Caucus Chair Derrick Graham, and House Democratic Whip Angie Hatton calling the effigy “beyond reprehensible” and an “act that reeks of hate and intimidation.”