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California State Fair cutout caper: Where’s Donald Trump?

Carl Burton, president of Republicans of River City, is seen here with cardboard cutouts of Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan at the GOP club’s booth at the California State Fair on July 9, 2016.
Carl Burton, president of Republicans of River City, is seen here with cardboard cutouts of Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan at the GOP club’s booth at the California State Fair on July 9, 2016. Courtesy of Carl Burton

Donald Trump went missing from the California State Fair on Sunday.

Volunteers from the Republicans of River City club stepped away from their booth for a few moments. When they returned, their six-foot tall cardboard likeness of Donald Trump was gone. The president of the organization said he believes the cutout was stolen.

“I thought it was an immature action on somebody’s part,” Carl Burton said Tuesday.

Fair attendees had stopped by the booth for the first three days of the fair to snap photos of themselves with the faux Trump, who was pictured giving two thumbs up. While the cutout cost around $50, Burton said his biggest concern was that whoever stole the prop would use it in a way that didn’t “appreciate” it.

“We hope that they didn’t mean to be menacing or destroy it….I wouldn’t want somebody to go out and use it as a target,” Burton said.

The group has had a booth at the state fair and various county fairs for more than 15 years, and Burton said this is the first time anything has been stolen.

Luckily for fair visitors who want their own picture with the cardboard representation of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Burton had another cutout on hand.

And he’s ordered two more for good measure.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs

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