Right-Wing Anti-Lockdown Protesters Hung an Effigy of Kentucky's Democrat Governor From a Tree - 2020-05-25
The group Take Back Kentucky hosted the "freedom-oriented" rally in the state capital of Frankfort, but eventually it turned into a more general protest against the state's coronavirus lockdown and against the Democratic governor, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
After a larger rally at the state capitol and a march to the governor's mansion and back with a smaller crowd, two men (including one reportedly wearing an armband of the far-right 3Percenters militia) helped hang the effigy of Beshear bearing the message "sic semper tyrannis" — Latin for "thus always to tyrants," and believed to be what John Wilkes Booth said after assassinating Abraham Lincoln — from a tree outside of the Capitol building.
Eventually the effigy of Beshear was cut down. "There's a gentleman that came up. He was pretty upset about it, and he cut it down," freelance journalist Gerry Seavo James told CNN . "And he was like this has no place at this rally. We're trying to be peaceful."