Congressman invites rodeo clown who mocked Obama to perform in Texas
WASHINGTON D.C. – While a stunt mocking President Obama by a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair didn’t win him any friends among Missouri politicians, a Texas congressman has extended an olive branch. U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX, 36th district) invited the clown to perform at any rodeo in his district.
The stunt in question featured a rodeo clown, now identified as Tuffy Gessling, asking the crowd if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” A release from Stockman’s office criticized liberals for wanting to ‘bust dissent’ and ‘create a state of fear’.
“Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another,” Stockman stated in the release. “Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.”
Gessling was banned from ever performing again at the Missouri State Fair and the announcer of the rodeo, Mark Ficken, resigned his presidency from the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association in the wake of the controversy. The Missouri State Fair Commission announced that rodeo clowns and cowboys will have to complete sensitivity training before performing in future events.
Stockman said his invitation is in the spirit of free speech.
“Texas value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with. From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion in between, Texas value free and open political speech.” Stockman said.