Texas Congressman Invites Rodeo Clown Banned for Obama Mask to Perform in His State

By Penny Starr | August 14, 2013 | 6:02pm EDT

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas).

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has invited the rodeo clown that was banned for life from Missouri state fairs to perform in Texas’s 36th District. The unnamed man made headlines after he wore a President Barack Obama mask and asked the audience if they wanted to see Obama run down by a bull.

“Liberals want to bronco bust dissent,” Stockman said in an e-mailed statement. “But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with.”

Stockman said Texans would welcome such performers to their state.

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“I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have performers,” he said.

Stockman noted that the rodeo clown apparently has been ordered to get sensitivity training.

“Disagreeing with speech is one thing,” Stockman said. “Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another.”

Stockman also referred to a report on NewsBusters’ website that cited a 1994 rodeo where the clown used a dummy wearing a George H. W. Bush mask for his stunt.

The report was based on a 1994 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“A dummy with a George Bush mask stood beside the clown, propped up by a broomstick,” reads the news story.

“T.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy. He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence.”

A White House spokesman was asked on Wednesday if the Justice Department will investigate the rodeo clown for mocking President Obama.

"I have not talked to my colleagues in the White House about this, and I haven't heard about the president's reaction if -- or if he had one," said spokesman Josh Earnest. "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. In terms of any Department of Justice action, I'd refer you to them."

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