State Officials React to Protesters Hanging Effigy of Kentucky Governor Outside of Capitol Building

State officials and lawmakers in Kentucky are expressing concern about an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear (D) that was hung by protesters.

On Sunday, protesters held a rally outside of the Kentucky State Capitol building to oppose the governor’s extended stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus.

The crowd, which included approximately 100 protesters, could be heard chanting “Come out Andy” and “Resign Andy” while others held signs that read, “Abort Beshear from office” and “My rights don’t end where your fear begins,” according to USA Today.

See footage of the protests below:

The effigy, hung to a tree, included a photo of Beshear’s face with a sign that read, “Sic semper tyrannis.” As photos of the effigy began circulating on social media state officials and lawmakers weighed in with their concerns.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams (R), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and the Kentucky House Democratic leaders have all released statements to condemn the act.

“This is disgusting and I condemn it wholeheartedly,” Adams said. “The words of John Wilkes Booth have no place in the Party of Lincoln.”

McConnell released a statement saying the display was “unacceptable.” The Kentucky lawmaker also said that “there is no place for hate in Kentucky.”

Kentucky House Democratic leaders also released a collective statement criticizing the “hateful rhetoric” while challenging elected officials.

“Hanging Governor Beshear in effigy is beyond reprehensible, and yet it is also the logical conclusion of the hateful rhetoric we saw touted on the Capitol grounds earlier this month that was implicitly condoned by elected representatives from the legislature’s majority party,” the statement read.

The statement went on to defend Beshear, insisting the hatred only undermines their efforts to combat the pandemic.

“Doing this in front of our Capitol, just a short walk from where the Governor, First Lady, and their two young children live, is an act that reeks of hate and intimidation and does nothing but undermine our leading work to battle this deadly disease and restore our economy safely,” the statement read.

As of Monday morning, there are currently 8,571 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Like the rest of the states, Kentucky has implemented a phased reopening.


  1. Politicians need to remember who they work for. Sometimes they need a shake-up to wake up. The tree of liberty is thirsty.

  2. I want to see them hang Mitch, if he comes to Iowa I will show him how to dress a turtle and I’ll you him as the turtle

  3. «[Senator Mitch] McConnell released a statement saying the display was “unacceptable.” The Kentucky lawmaker also said that “there is no place for hate in Kentucky.”»

      F••• that.

      The kind of tyranny that is taking place here, has no place in Kentucky, nor anywhere else in this country.  Shame on Senator McConnell for condemning a rightful expression of “hate” toward a corrupt and irredeemable tyrant.

  4. «Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams (R)…

    “This is disgusting and I condemn it wholeheartedly,” Adams said. “The words of John Wilkes Booth have no place in the Party of Lincoln.”»

      Those were not John Wilkes Booth’s words.  It’s an old Latin phrase, “Sic semper tyrannis.”, possibly going back as far as 500 BC.  It translates to “Thus always to tyrants.”  It is the official State Motto of Virginia, and appears on that state’s official seal, below an image of a heroic figure standing on the slain corpse of a tyrant.

      It is certainly an appropriate phrase to use here, in reference to a corrupt criminal infesting a position of power in government, who has been severely abusing that power.

    1. Yes, it’s great when the media twists things and now we have a Rep, or a rino, falling into the narrative.

  5. No one cared when totalitarian DemocRats did This to Trump or the Enemedia lynches Trump everyday

  6. If this is reprehensible, imagine what a basket of deplorables lived in Boston in 1770 to 1776

  7. Politicians getting worried their dictatorial conduct is not neing accepted like they thought it would be?

  8. Be thankful it was just an effigy! The Democrats keep this shit up, we might start hanging these asshats for real! I personally think these polititians need a reminder of who is in charge…..We the people!!

    1. I want to see a real hanging when it come to Trump then I can piss on his grave

      1. TOMboy, try and stay focused. This has nothing to do with the President. You are completely obsessed and infatuated with the 45th President of the United States of America.

        1. It has everything to do the Trump your right I am infuriated that you Trump supporters a such a bunch of morons

  9. While we may find such actions as a hanging in effigy extreme or reprehensible (though I don’t recall similar outcry when Trump is depicted in ‘hateful’ charicature), we must remember that freedom to express even ‘offensive’ thoughts is exactly WHY the 1st Amendment exists. It is not (only) to protect ‘acceptable’ speech, but ALL opinions.

    1. Unless, of course, you’re kneeling in silence before a televised NFL football game. Then the first amendment doesn’t count.

      1. First Amendment doesn’t apply on the job. NFL should be working. Kaepernick can hold a sign in front of the courthouse on the off season.

    2. You don’t remember when everyone lost their minds over Kathy Griffin’s nonsense?

  10. Ironic how the democrat led states are making little effort to reopen, at least until after the November elections.

  11. Like it or not…it’s protected “FreeSpeech”, just like the twit with the head of President Trump!

      1. Antifa ARE the fascists. They’re glad the people are in lockdown, nobody’s working, and censorship is across social media.

  12. Completely self centered, evil, infantile, spoiled brat, Caucasian trash phuhking ass holes being themselves.

      1. No Willie you arrogant, lazy, lying, sloppy, and stupid piece of shit, THAT is my description of you and all trumpukers.

      1. You are such a idiot why don’t you stick your head up your ass where it belongs. I bet you never made it past E1

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