Texas Rep. Steve Stockman has invited the rodeo clown who impersonated President Obama at the Missouri State Fair this past weekend to perform at a rodeo in his home district.
The Republican congressman issued a statement Wednesday explaining why he wanted the rodeo clown to participate at a rodeo in Texas’ 36th District.
“Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with,” Stockman said in the press release. “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.”
“Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another,” he continued in the release. “Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.”
Missouri State Fair organizers apologized after video emerged showing the rodeo clown donning an Obama mask at an event. Crowds were heard in the clip cheering as the announcer asked if they wanted to see him trampled by a bull. Organizers later banned the rodeo clown from ever participating in the Missouri State Fair again.
Let me suggest a classy Obama move that might go over well. From his Vineyard vacation spot he should have the press office issue a release saying his reaction to finding out a rodeo clown was rudely spoofing him, was, “So what?” Say he loves free speech, including inevitably derision directed at him, and he does not wish for the Missouri state fair to fire the guy, and hopes those politicians (unctuously, excessively, embarrassingly) damning the clown and the crowd would pipe down and relax. This would be graceful and nice, wouldn’t it? He would never do it. He gives every sign of being a person who really believes he shouldn’t be made fun of, and if he is it’s probably racially toned, because why else would you make fun of him?
When asked about the incident at Wednesday’s White House briefing, Deputy Press Secretary John Earnest said he doesn’t know of any reaction from the president.
“I have not talked to my colleagues in the White House about this, and I haven’t heard about the President’s reaction or if he had one,” he said. “I can tell you as a native Missourian it’s 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.”