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Missouri State Fair Controversy

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A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked the enthusiastic spectators if they wanted to see ‘Obama run down by a bull.’

The antics led the state’s second highest-ranking official, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, to denounce the performance in a tweet Sunday. He said it was ‘disrespectful’ to the president.

State Fair officials said the show in Sedalia was ‘inappropriate’ and ‘does not reflect the opinions or standards’ of the fair. ‘We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark,’ they said in a statement Sunday.

It wasn’t clear if any action will be taken against the performers. Officials with the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the organization that coordinated the rodeo, did not return phone calls seeking comment Sunday.

Some are saying it goes beyond inappropriate and that it’s borderline illegal. The U.S. Secret Service takes threats against the president very seriously.

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