Kentucky’s Second Amendment protesters were sentenced this weekend after the effigy of state governor Andy Beshear was strung up outside the state Capitol.
A video of Saturday’s incident showed two men picking up a statue on a lawn in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the U.S.A’ could be heard playing as the statue, with Mr Beshear’s face stuck-on, hanged from the tree.
The Patriot Day parade was advertised on Facebook, reported by CNN, and participants were called in to support the second amendment to the US Constitution.
He continued: “The Patriot Day 2nd Amendment Rally is to teach and encourage everyone today to become like the first American Patriots who will not fight for their God given the right to protect themselves and their loved ones to be taken away by Despotic”
The Latin phrase “sic semper Despotic”, meaning “always of the oppressors”, was seen hanging around the neck of the effigy on Saturday.
This incident of President Abraham Lincoln used the same phrase.
Both Democrats and Republicans condemned the demonstrators’ act, with Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne calling them “unacceptable”.
“I am offended that a group hung a statue of Governor Be shear today at the Capitol and the House Majority Caucus condemns this act of hatred,” said Mr. Osborne on Saturday.
“There is no place for hate in Kentucky,”said Senate Mitch McConnell
He further on Twitter: “As a powerful defender of the primary change, i think Americans have the proper to peacefully protest. However, today’s action toward Governor Be shear is unacceptable.”