What started out as a freedom-loving celebration of the Second Amendment ahead of Memorial Day turned into Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear being hanged in effigy and protesters chanting outside the governor’s mansion.
The Second Amendment rally, meant to inspire people “about what it really means to be FREE,” according to Take Back Kentucky, attracted at least 100 people to the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort on Sunday.
It began as a celebration of constitutional rights but turned into a protest of coronavirus restrictions and Beshear’s administration. Folks toted guns and waved American and “Don’t tread on me” flags. Taps honored the fallen, and free flags were given to veterans from all military branches.
A sign hung on the effigy said, “sic semper tyrannis,” which translates to “thus always to tyrants,” a phrase famously used by John Wilkes Booth after shooting President Abraham Lincoln.
The effigy was hung just a short walk from where the Governor, First Lady, and their two young children live.
The “Memorial Day COVID Freedom Rally” was hosted by Frank Harris a Libertarian (aka Republican) who is running for Kentucky’s 6th. District US House seat and was promoted by the group Take Back Kentucky. Neither have taken responsibility nor condemned the hanging of the effigy.