Courier Journal reports impatient protesters demanding Gov. Andy Beshear reopen Kentucky disrupted his televised Wednesday afternoon pandemic update, chanting, blowing horns and shouting into a megaphone outside the window of the briefing room and nearly drowning out his comments to Kentuckians.
The protest began with just a few people holding signs on the Capitol lawn, but by the time Beshear started to speak, the group numbered about 100 people.
Protesters, some of whom appeared to be standing less than 6 feet apart from one another, chanted “we want to work” and “facts over fear.” They yelled non-stop throughout Beshear’s one-hour press briefing, switching up chants and occasionally sounding a horn.
About halfway through his briefing, Beshear acknowledged the protesters, saying “there’s some noise in the background.”
“We do have some folks up in here in Kentucky today — and everybody should be able to express their opinion — that believe we should reopen Kentucky immediately, right now,” Beshear said. “Folks, that would kill people. That would absolutely kill people.”
“My job isn’t to make the popular decision, but the right decision, and the decision that saves peoples’ lives,” Beshear said.
As Beshear began his news conference, they rapidly switched between chants, which included: “Open up Kentucky!” “We want to work!” and “Open up the church!”
Protesters who oppose Gov. Andy Beshear’s decision to close businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus have gathered en masse outside the room where he is doing his daily #COVID19 press conference, crying out “We want to work!” and now “Facts over fear!” pic.twitter.com/49812u8G4R
— Morgan Watkins (@morganwatkins26) April 15, 2020
The hundreds are now walking around the Capitol. They plan to stay outside @GovAndyBeshear’s press room while he speaks to the state. You have to wonder if they will be able to be heard from inside the room — then picked up on microphones and broadcasted out. @WKYT pic.twitter.com/XdGlSyHOSh
— WKYT Nick Oliver (@WKYTNick) April 15, 2020
Protesters gather outside Capitol over Beshear's handling of COVID-19, disrupting briefing https://t.co/1pFhvadtkD
— Courier Journal (@courierjournal) April 15, 2020
Protesters chanting 'open Kentucky' nearly drown out Beshear during briefing https://t.co/HnGbnt3iVM
— WLWT (@WLWT) April 16, 2020