State Fair Silences Political Speech; Removes 'King Walz' from Booth

The Minnesota State Fair removed the 'King Walz' sign from our booth in the middle of the night against our wishes. On Thursday afternoon, the front office left a voicemail stating they would like for us to take down the image because it is "disrespectful" to the Governor. The objective of the Action 4 Liberty 'Never Again' booth is to educate Minnesotans about the dangers of one man unilaterally declaring king-like powers and how we plan to make sure it never happens again.

Action 4 Liberty was up front about what we planned on doing at the booth. Here's the drawing that was submitted to the State Fair in July.

Political caricatures have been used in politics going back to the founding of this country. The image we used is not obscene or pornographic, which we agree would be inappropriate. Our graphic artist wanted to capture a sloppy governor who crowns himself king, dangles the Constitution and takes a bite out of liberty, represented by a turkey leg. We think he captured it perfectly.

The booth has been very popular and the majority of people coming by our stand loved the image of Walz. Here's an image of the booth before it was taken down.

Images that could be considered “disrespectful” of political figures are common place at the Minnesota State Fair. During Trump’s presidency, fairgoers saw several anti-Trump exhibits, including award winning art featuring Trump under the control of Russian President Putin.


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  • Jill Larsen
    commented 2021-08-29 09:25:20 -0500
    The article said they received a voicemail Thursday afternoon to take the sign down because it was disrespectful? Haha TOO BAD if some think it’s disrespectful.

    We all have an opinion and should not be silenced or told to take a sign down cus it offends someone!

    Walz is responsible for his actions and how he wants WE THE PEOPLE to perceive him. Hes overstepped his bounds ALOT and had no right to do so.

    Obviously it was the State Fair people that took the sign down because the State Fair left the VM Thurs and after closing that night is when it was removed.

    The fair approved it and now they’re saying they have to take it down? Then they should sue the fair owners.
  • Jonathan Hanson
    commented 2021-08-28 10:33:40 -0500
    It could have been vandals not related to the fair that did it as well
  • Jonathan Hanson
    commented 2021-08-28 10:32:51 -0500
    Agree, put up a new one, also if the state fair approved it, sue them!
  • John Grove
    commented 2021-08-28 08:41:35 -0500
    Get a new one made! Put it up every morning and take it down every night. The people need to see how truthful the “caricature” really is!
  • Jake Duesenberg
    published this page in News 2021-08-28 07:46:26 -0500