‘Will not be afraid, bullied back down’ Gov. Beshear says in reaction to protests

Gov. Beshear reacts Sunday's protests

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear delivered an emotional response to an act from Sunday he says aimed to create “fear and terror.”

An effigy with a photo of Gov. Beshear was hung outside the Governor’s Mansion on Sunday during a 2nd Amendment protest.

According to the governor, the group behind the hanging doll goes by the Three Percenters.

Gov. Beshear said, “these actions aimed at creating fear and terror,” during his coronavirus news conference on Tuesday.

In addition, the governor says he will not be back down.

“I will not be afraid; I will not be bullied, and I will not back down,” Gov. Beshear stated.

He added he never thought he would have to question the safety of his kids, especially from adults.

“Never had to question their [his kids] personal safety," Gov. Beshear explained. "I did not consider they [his kids] would be bullied or heckled by grown adults. And then Sunday happened.”

Protesters chanted and heckled just feet away from the room where the governor says his children play.

“And there, just a windowpane away from where my kids often played, they chanted and heckled,” Gov. Beshear said. “While they were thankfully not there, I want to remind you my kids are 9- and 10-years old.”

Thankfully, the governor said his 9-year-old and 10-year-old children were not at the mansion on Sunday to see these acts.

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Coronavirus Cases, Deaths, Tests

Gov. Beshear released the total number of new cases over the past three days on Tuesday, since the state didn’t release any updates since Saturday.

  • Sunday, May 24 - 141 cases
  • Monday, May 25 - 122 cases
  • Tuesday, May 26 - 117 cases

The total number of cases over the three days is 387, the governor said on Tuesday.

“These are some of the lowest daily numbers we have seen,” the governor said. “But that is fragile, and with a disease that can so easily spread we have to want and put into action our desire to see that downward movement.”

In Northern Kentucky, the NKY Health Department reports a total of 1,150 coronavirus cases.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown across Northern Kentucky:

  • Boone County - 425 cases
  • Campbell County - 152 cases
  • Grant County - 38 cases
  • Kenton County - 535 cases

Overall, Kentucky now has a total of 8,951 cases of the coronavirus.

A total of 193,576 tests have been done in the state.

Gov. Beshear also announced that three more Kentuckians died on Tuesday from the coronavirus.

The state’s death toll is now 394.

NKY Health reports a total of 57 deaths in the Northern Kentucky area.

Gov. Beshear gives update on COVID-19 response

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