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Protester who hung effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear fired from job

A protester who hung an effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear from a tree during a gun rally that turned into a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions has been fired from his job, according to reports.

The Neil Huffman Auto Group on Tuesday said it canned the unidentified employee following an internal review, adding that it “does not condone threats of violence in any form.”

The Louisville Courier Journal identified the staffer as Terry Bush, the president of the right-wing Kentucky Three Percenters, one of the groups present at Sunday’s protest.

“He was fired because this governor is more important than the regular Joe out in this state trying to put food on their tables,” his wife, Patsy Bush, told the newspaper on Wednesday.

The effigy was hoisted from a tree during a Second Amendment rally at the state capital in Frankfurt, where some of the demonstrators raged against measures implemented by Beshear’s administration in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

A contingent of the group walked down to the governor’s mansion, taunting “Come out Andy” and “Resign Andy.”

The crowd then returned to the capitol where a likeness of Beshear was hung from a tree while “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood played over a speaker.

A sign 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.

Both Republican and Democrat leaders in the state condemned the hanging of the effigy.

Beshear on Wednesday said about the firing: “different decisions have consequences and I would hope that we would all make better decisions.”

“But you don’t simply in the moment make a dummy with somebody’s face on it and hang it up,” the Democratic governor said. “I think what we saw was an act intended to create fear and terror.”

With Post wires

Source: NYPost

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