“I’m not going to be afraid. I’m not going to let these folks bully me or bully the state of Kentucky,” the Democratic governor told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”
Beshear condemned the actions of the small group of protesters who he said were part of the militant right-wing group, the Three Percenters, as “vile,”http://rss.cnn.com/”wrong” and “evil.”
“With everything going on in the country, I know this is one day of me seeing hate, fear and a direct attempt to create terror for a small minority to get their way,” the governor told CNN. “But I also note that that image is something that was also meant to be a message to others that had to feel that same type of fear and terror, maybe even their whole lives.”
Though the rally was centered around exercising Second Amendment rights, the protesters also opposed the governor’s response to the coronavirus which included a stay-at-home order and other restrictions.
Beshear said that despite the threat of the effigy he saw as “a celebration of assassination,” he’s committed to his state’s coronavirus response.
“I’m committed to doing what I can to address this healthcare inequality moving forward, and I will not let these folks that want to ultimately try to force or pressure and really create fear and terror, which is what they’re doing, to make us do the wrong things. They will not intimidate me or us,” Beshear said.