Is online post harmless criticism or threat against the governor’s life?

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police are investigating an alleged online threat against Governor Andy Beshear.

The reported threat on social media called on people to use the Second Amendment to “eliminate the governor.”

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This comes after protests this week outside the State Capitol, the first Kentucky has seen against the state’s coronavirus policies and restrictions.

A man posted on social media calling for people to exercise their right to bear arms to “eliminate” the governor.

KSP says it took screenshots of the reported threat and sent them to KSP headquarters in Frankfort for investigation.

The Courier Journal reports the man who wrote the post says it wasn’t a threat at all.

The report says the man added the comment about the Second Amendment to highlight what he calls the governor’s constitutional violations.

The post references Governor Beshear’s actions during the coronavirus, including requiring protesters to social distance and restricting in-person mass gatherings, like church services.

Lawmakers and elected officials have taken to social media to defend the governor, despite political differences.

When asked about the alleged threat at his 5:00 p.m. briefing Sunday, Governor Beshear didn’t directly address it, but says he’s confident in State Police.

“The Kentucky State Police is an incredible organization filled with great people. They provide security for me on a daily basis and I fully trust that they know what they’re doing and I couldn’t be in better hands,” Beshear says.

KSP says it doesn’t release information about how it handles threats against the governor or about any updated security measures relating to the alleged threat.

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com