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A Trump Political Rally In Worcester County Prompts Backlash Over Entertainment

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WHALEYVILLE, Md.- A Trump political rally promoting "little people" entertainment prompted a frenzy of backlash. Hundreds of people showed up at the Oasis Bar & Grill in Whaleyville wanting to see the advertised "live midget alligator wrestling" and "midget paintball manhunt." 

Swift criticism about the use of the term "midget" in describing "little people" caused the owner, Bobby Riccio to cancel those entertainment events. Stanley Lamm said he came for one event. 

"I come down here to shoot a midget with a paintball gun," Lamm said.

Gary Arnold, with the Little People of America Organization said it's the use of the term "midget" that dehumanizes and objectifies "little people" and is offensive. Chris Cox with Bikers For Trump said the entertainment was not meant to be offensive.

"These guys are performing artists, they're comedians and they're very athletic, so it's a performing arts show that we're trying to show," Cox said. 

Lamm said he doesn't see an issue. 

"I'm fine with the entertainment, the midgets are making that decision to get in there and let people do it, so it's not our fault," Lamm said. 

Riccio said he's taking full responsibility and apologizing, saying he naively entered into an agreement with a promoter for the events.

"I hired an outside promoter to do that and after concerns for the Little People of America, I decided to cancel the events for all weekend. I truly understand their concerns and don't want to draw any unnecessary attention. It has nothing to do with Mr. Trump or his campaign. It was decision I made from a business standpoint," Riccio said.

Cox said he supports the owner's decision to cancel the events. 

"We're going to try and do the right thing here. Bikers For Trump, we always do and so if that's a concern for people we certainly can put that in the background," Cox said. 

Riccio issued an apology letter to the Little People of America saying in part,"We sincerely apologize for any confusion or ill will that we have caused the Little People of America."

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