Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has condemned a stunt at the Missouri State Fair involving a negative depiction of President Barack Obama, to say the least.
McCaskill, one of Obama's earliest and most prominent supports in his 2008 campaign, "released the following statement in response to reports of a stunt at last night's Missouri State Fair, in which a clown wearing a mask of President Barack Obama entered during the bull riding event, with the crowd repeatedly being asked if it wanted to see Obama 'run down' by a bull":
If what's being reported is true, then it's shameful and it's unacceptable. The State Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars, and is supposed to be a place where we can all bring our families and celebrate the state that we love. But the young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse - that somehow it's ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt, and joke about harming the President of our great nation. Missouri is better than this, and I expect someone to be held accountable.
According to an account published on the Democratic-leaning blog ShowMeProgress.com, an announcer at the Missouri State Fair Saturday night asked "if anyone would like to see Obama," portrayed by a masked clown, "run down by a bull." The crowd reportedly cheered, until the "bull came close enough to him that he had to move." According to the account, at that point the clown "jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands."
Condemnation was bipartisan. Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was one of many Missouri political figures on Sunday to slam the performance, politicsmo.com reported.
"The @MoStateFair celebrates Missouri and our people. I condemn the actions disrespectful to POTUS the other night. We are better than this," he wrote on Twitter. "I love the @MoStateFair and will attend this week. I implore @GovJayNixon to hold the people responsible for the other night accountable."
After hours of silence, the Missouri State Fair weighed in Sunday night with a two sentence statement.
"The performance by one of the rodeo clowns at Saturday's event was inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair," spokeswoman Kari Mergen said. "We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday's rodeo badly missed that mark."
Politix, and via ShowMeProgress.com and politicsmo.com.