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Does Claire McCaskill Not Know the Difference Between a Sheriff and a Police Chief?

Missouri’s senior senator thought it was a good idea to dress as the mildly racist, sexist, and inept chief of police from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

By NTK Staff | 03.05.2018 @2:00pm
Does Claire McCaskill Not Know the Difference Between a Sheriff and a Police Chief?

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) posted a picture of herself Sunday night in a full sheriff’s costume, evidently an homage to Chief Bill Willoughby, the character played by Woody Harrelson in the Academy Award-nominated movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Willoughby, the town’s chief of police, and not a sheriff as McCaskill says, oversees an inept police department that is unable to track down the man who raped and killed the daughter of Frances McDormand’s character, Mildred Hayes.

McCaskill evidently thought it would be a good idea to dress up as this character for an Oscars party she says she was attending.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW

The problems don’t end with Willoughby’s ineptitude, however. Battling cancer, Harrelson’s character decides to end his own life rather than solve the Hayes murder. Though he does leave Mildred money for another month’s worth of billboard advertisements upon his death, Willoughby’s worst parting gift is his racist police department.

Ultimately, “Three Billboards” is a story about redemption and people’s ability to change for the better. But that doesn’t change the fact that McCaskill likely just picked this character because the movie had the word “Missouri” in the title.

During a re-election year, risks like this can sometimes make or break a campaign. What might seem like a benign costume can leave some voters with a bad taste in their mouths. And calling the chief of police a “sheriff” certainly doesn’t help her case. It literally says chief on one of the eponymous three billboards:

Will this faux pas turn into anything more than a party foul? Not likely. But McCaskill risks looking too comfortable in her re-election efforts with stunts like this one.

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