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Protester fired from job after helping hang effigy of Kentucky governor

A man who was involved in an effort to hang an effigy of Kentucky’s governor outside the state capitol was fired from his job on Tuesday.

The Neil Huffman Auto Group announced on Twitter that an internal investigation had confirmed that one of its employees took part in an armed demonstration outside the state capitol building against Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D) stay-at-home order. The demonstration involved hanging an effigy with a photo of Beshear’s face attached to it.

The auto sales company added that it had fired the unnamed employee on Tuesday, calling his action an “implied threat” against the governor. The effigy bore the phrase “sic semper tyranis,” a Latin phrase believed to be uttered by John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Lincoln.

“The Neil Huffman Auto Group does not condone threats of violence in any form, whether they be a call to action or an implied threat,” said Shannon Huffman, the company’s human resources manager.

“Following an internal investigation on this matter, the employee was terminated,” she continued. “There is no place for hate or intolerance at any of our dealerships.”

The protest was condemned by state officials including Beshear, who addressed the demonstrators Tuesday in a statement vowing not to back down amid their calls for his resignation.

“I will not be afraid,” Beshear said. “I will not be bullied. And I will not back down. Not to them, and not to anybody else.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also addressed the protest, noting the historical significance of the phrase scrawled on the effigy’s torso.

“I condemn it wholeheartedly,” McConnell said. “The words of John Wilkes Booth have no place in the Party of Lincoln.”

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