On Saturday, the town of Arcadia, Iowa was celebrating the centennial of the Arcadia Fire Department.
Their parade’s main attraction featured a Hillary Clinton look-alike wearing an orange prison jumpsuit being hauled in a make-shift cage while children pelted her with water balloons.
According to the The Daily Times Herald newspaper in nearby Carroll, Iowa, Kyle Julin and two other men, Adam Corky and Josh Reetz, built the float. Corky dressed up in the Hillary Clinton costume.
Only one group booed us,” Julin told the Daily Times Herald. “My consensus from that was 99 percent to 1 percent liked it.
The Herald’s story depicted a young boy dashing into the street, aiming his balloon, and throwing it toward the Clinton-like figure. He then walked away flashing “the prideful smile of a job well done.”
One person in the minority of residents who was not amused by the display was Tim Tracy, Chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee. Tracy told the Herald that he found the float to be in poor taste.
It is “not appropriate to be handing water balloons to little children and inviting them to throw” them at such a display, Tracy said. “I’m sure there are some that wondered, ‘Why is that lady in a cage? Why are they being mean? Why are they throwing water balloons at her?’
By Julin’s estimate, his group handed out roughly 400 water balloons during the parade.
And when it comes to those who found his display offensive, Julin shrugs it off:
I mean if they do, they do,” Julin said. “We believe if Hillary gets in, it’ll be bad for moving our political agenda forward. … Also, it wasn’t just kids, there were a bunch of adults grabbing water balloons and cheering.
The Chairman of the Carroll County Republicans, Craig Williams, said the local GOP had nothing to do with Julin’s float but did post the parade photos on their Facebook page.
Here is a cell phone video shot by what appears to be an older boy encouraging a younger boy to throw his balloon at Hillary.
Here’s Arcadia’s census from 2010. Does anything jump out at you?
It would have been interesting to see how the same crowd would have reacted if it were someone in an Obama mask instead of Clinton. Perhaps we’ll find out at their next celebration?
Featured image via Matthew Rezab/Carroll Daily Times Herald.