Mo. State Fair bans rodeo clown who mocked Obama

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by Associated Press and KVUE News

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Posted on August 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 12 at 4:40 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri -- The Missouri State Fair has permanently banned a rodeo clown whose imitation of President Barack Obama has been widely criticized as disrespectful.

It happened over the weekend during a bull riding contest at the Missouri State Fair. Video shows a rodeo clown wearing a Barack Obama mask.

The announcer worked up the crowd asking people if they wanted to see Obama get run down by a bull. At one point the announcer said, "We're going to stomp Obama now."

The state's rodeo board of directors has issued an apology.

Fair officials said Monday that the rodeo clown has been barred from ever performing at the fair again. They are also reviewing whether to take any actions against the contractor responsible for Saturday's rodeo.

Missouri's Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder condemned the stunt and posted on Twitter, "We are better than this."

Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill also criticized the stunt saying a taxpayer-funded state fair is supposed to be a family event, not one in which the president of the U.S. is taunted and disrespected.

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See video of the incident below:

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