The Obama rodeo clown caused a bunch of controversy in Missouri on Saturday, but one GOP congressman thought the stunt was pretty entertaining and has extended him an open invitation to perform in Texas.
The rodeo clown, wearing an Obama mask, performed at the Missouri State Fair Saturday, encouraging a bull to run him down. He has since been banned from future state fairs in Missouri, and rodeo clowns all over have been required to undertake sensitivity training, but if Rep. Steve Stockman has his way, the Obama rodeo clown will ride again in Texas.
"Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if it's speech they don't agree with… They want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama, even if it's a rodeo clown with a harmless gag," the Houston pol said in a statement.
"From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion between Texans value free and open political speech. I'm sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have performers."
Missouri state and fair officials reacted negatively to the stunt, with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (a Republican) tweeting "We are better than this" on Sunday.
Missouri native and White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the controversy was "certainly not one of the finer moments for our state and not the way that I like to see our state mentioned in the news."
One observer compared the rodeo clown's performance to "some kind of Klan rally you'd see on TV," and the outrage has resulted in calls for a federal investigation into the incident.
But Stockman says that's not necessary, as the rodeo clown was exercising his right to free speech.
If you're demanding a rodeo jester be thrown in the dungeons for mocking the king, don't pretend you support a free country.State fair officials have refused to reveal the Obama rodeo clown's identity.
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) August 14, 2013