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Right-Wing Militia Leader Fired From Job For Hanging Governor In Effigy. Now Wife Is Fuming

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Right-wing militant Terry Bush, president of the Kentucky 3 Percenters militia group, lost his job Tuesday with Neil Huffman Auto Group after he was caught on video hanging Gov. Andy Beshear in effigy before demonstrators gathered outside the governor’s mansion and demanded that he come outside, The Courier-Journal reported Wednesday. Now his wife, Patsy Bush, is furious.

“He was fired because this governor is more important than the regular Joe out in this state trying to put food on their tables,” said Patsy Bush, who is also the militia group’s secretary.

In her response, she also claimed her own family had been threatened with violence, complained that the effigy was not her group’s idea, and she said her husband only helped string it up from a tree outside the statehouse and took another shot at the governor.

“When is his iron grip on this state going to end, how many more families is he going to devastate before the people realize how poisonous he really is?” she said. “I heard him yesterday, he has no intention of lifting his grip on this state, he absolutely loves the fact that he believes he is so big. Listen to the way he states things and tell me he isn’t on some warped trip of power.”

Gov. Beshear addressed the spectacle Tuesday during his daily coronavirus briefing, and the Democratic governor called the demonstrators a “mob” who carried out “a celebration of an assassination on our Capitol grounds.”

“I will not be afraid, I will not be bullied, and I will not back down,” Beshear said.