Gun rights advocates spark outrage by hanging effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear at protest

first_imgiStock/somboon kaeoboonsongBy: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Democratic and Republican leaders denounced gun rights supporters for hanging an effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear from tree outside the state capitol building during a Memorial Day weekend demonstration.The symbolic lynching occurred on Sunday at a rally by gun rights groups that was initially organized to celebrate Second Amendment freedoms to bear arms. But as the rally in Frankfort went on, it turned into a protest against Beshear’s coronavirus-prompted stay-at-home orders.As country singer Lee Greenwood’s hit song “God Bless the U.S.A.” played in the background, a demonstrator wearing camouflage pants and what appeared to be holstered handgun strung a rope over a tree limb and with the help of another man hoisted the effigy bearing a picture of Beshear and a handwritten sign tacked to it reading, “Sec Semper Tyrannis,” a Latin phrase meaning “Thus always to tyrants.”Video of the episode, taken by a reporter from the Courier-Journal newspaper of Louisville, showed at least one child standing next to a baby carriage as she watched the adults hang the Beshear effigy.The event was organized online by a group calling itself “Take Back Kentucky,” which in a Facebook announcement billed it as “a rally to celebrate freedom, and to fight back against the unconstitutional shutdown over the Coronavirus.”“We will have guest speakers to talk about the virus, and how this shutdown will not only wreak havoc with the economy over the next several years, but also threaten our fundamental freedoms and the character of America for generations,” reads the group’s Facebook announcement.“Take Back Kentucky” organizers had no immediate comment on the incident.The Courier-Journal reported that the effigy hanging took place outside the state capitol building after about 100 demonstrators marched to the Governor’s Mansion yelling for Beshear to come out.“Come out, Andy!” protesters chanted.It was not clear if Beshear was home at the time. The governor, a Democrat, has yet to issue a response to the protest.As images and video of the effigy being strung up went viral, political leaders from both sides of the aisle condemned the act.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued statement calling the incident “unacceptable” and saying “there is no place for hate in Kentucky.”Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams, a Republican, took to Twitter to denounce the incident.“This is disgusting and I condemn it wholeheartedly,” Adams wrote.Adams noted that John Wilkes Booth shouted the phrase “Sec Semper Tyrannis” when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. He said those words “have no place in the Party of Lincoln.”The Kentucky House Democrats issued a joint statement deploring the protesters and calling their actions “beyond reprehensible.”“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 Kentucky House Democrats’ statement reads. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Hedwig Plays Record-Breaking Week Prior to Tonys

first_img FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.43%)** 2. The Book of Mormon (102.42%) 3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (100.79%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.55%) = 5. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) = 5. Aladdin (100.00%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Chicago (66.35%) 4. Bullets Over Broadway (64.00%) 3. Rocky (61.45%) 2. Once (58.60%) 1. Mothers and Sons (43.87%) Come on, sugar daddy, bring it home! Prior to roping in four Tony awards on June 8, including Best Revival of a Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch set a box office record at the Belasco Theatre. In just seven performances, the Neil Patrick Harris-led tuner grossed $1,021,707.87, beating a record held by the production during the week ending May 4. Aladdin secured a spot in the top five grossing shows for the third consecutive week, joining fellow perennial faves The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. Meanwhile, the first show of the new season, Holler If Ya Hear Me, started performances on June 2 at the Palace Theatre. “Keep ya head up” for this Tupac tuner, which could land out of the underdogs as buzz travels. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 8: *Number based on 7 preview performances **Number based on 7 regular performances UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($376,607)  4. Rock of Ages ($278,823)  3. Casa Valentina ($262,224) 2. Mothers and Sons ($197,920) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($148,964)* View Comments Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,949,684) 2. Wicked ($1,924,272) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,592,249) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,374,315) 5. Aladdin ($1,286,953)last_img read more

Stinky deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Well, there’s $25,000 for Communities in Schools to expand its anti-gang efforts in the Sun Valley area, which suffered the harm from the problems at Bradley. Then there’s $50,000 for Para Los Nios, a worthy agency that helps low-income families as far away as Ontario and operates throughout Los Angeles – except for the San Fernando Valley. Now why in the world would a charity that doesn’t operate in the Valley get most of the settlement money when all Bradley’s harm was done in the Valley? Maybe it’s just habit. After all, the Valley has long been the city’s garbage dump. Or maybe Delgadillo’s involvement in Para Los Nios as a member of its advisory board had something to do with it. Probably it’s a little of both, highlighting the fact that the functionaries at City Hall only talk about how much they learned from the secession fight and how they really do respect the 1.5 million Valley residents of Los Angeles. But when it comes down to it, the old patterns prevail. So the Valley keeps on paying a big share of the city’s bills and keeps on getting a smaller share of its services. It keeps on getting the garbage, and it keeps on getting ripped off. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Talk about rotten odors. The smell coming from Los Angeles City Hall over the settlement by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office with Waste Management is more noxious than anything emanating from the firm’s operations at Bradley Landfill in Sun Valley. The issue involved odor, sewer and noise problems at Bradley from 2002 to 2004, and it took a year of negotiations between the firm to work out the deal: $20,000 in fines to the regional air quality district, commitments to improve operations and $75,000 in donations to charities. And what charities did Delgadillo’s office come up with? last_img read more