Protesters Hang Beshear In Effigy Outside Governor’s Mansion

Gov. Beshear (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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During a rally trumpeting Second Amendment rights outside the Governor’s Mansion at the state capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, protesters hanged Gov. Andy Beshear (D) in effigy, earning bipartisan condemnation.

The figure had a sign slung around its neck reading: “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” or “thus always to tyrants.”

Per CNN, a man cut the effigy down from the tree it was tied to, saying that it had “no place” at the rally.

“The act that was displayed on Capitol grounds today, near where the Governor and his young children live, was wrong and offensive,” Beshear’s communication director Crystal Staley told TPM in a statement. “This type of behavior must be condemned. As Kentuckians we should be able to voice our opinions without turning to hate and threats of violence. Put simply – we are and should be better than this.”

The move engendered bipartisan blowback.

Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne (R) expressed his “outrage.”

“I am outraged that a group hung an effigy of Governor Beshear at the Capitol and the House Majority Caucus condemns this act of hatred,” he said in a statement. Pointing to the significance of Memorial Day weekend, he added that “Today’s actions are an insult to their sacrifice and the kind of incendiary action that can only cause harm.”

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) chimed in Sunday night.

The Kentucky Senate Minority Leader, a Democrat, expressed his lack of surprise.

This post has been updated with a statement from the Governor’s office.

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  1. Deplorable.

  2. Patridiots.

  3. Once again, it’s come to this??

  4. Avatar for vonq vonq says:

    Shouldn’t MoscowMitch move out of state then?

  5. re: ‘Cecil’

    He’s trying to get re-elected.

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