Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) released a statement Sunday condemning a rodeo act that took place over the weekend at the Missouri State Fair, in which a clown wore a President Barack Obama mask while an announcer asked if spectators would like to see “Obama run down by a bull.”
“If what’s being reported is true, then it’s shameful and it’s unacceptable,” the statement read. “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,” the statement concluded.
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