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Congressional Clown Steve Stockman Invites Obama Rodeo Clown to TX

Congressman Steve Stockman has invited a rodeo clown to perform in Texas who was banned from the Missouri State Fair for mocking the President in what many believe was a modern day minstrel show. Bad company is par for Stockman who invited Ted Nugent to give a response to the President's 2012 State of the Union speech after he told Obama to "suck on my machine gun."

In a press release Stockman referred to the act as a "harmless gag", and precisely outlined the strategy that the rightwing has used to vilify our president and turned it upside down saying, "Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear." It is no coincidence that targeting a man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear is exactly what happened that night. In the skit, which has drawn criticism from Republican and Democratic elected officials in Missouri, the announcer can be heard saying, "We're going to smoke Obama man", "We're gonna stomp Obama now," and "I know I'm a clown, he just run [sic] around acting like one [and] doesn't know he is one."

I reached out to Michael Cole a Democrat and challenger to Stockman regarding the clown's invitation to Texas and he had this to say, "That is the most I've heard Congressman Stockman talk about bringing jobs to the district since being sworn in as our representative." He added, "Overall, I am appalled that this happens in 21st century America.  Our nation should be one of tolerance, not promoting hate.  It is one thing to disagree with a elected official, it is quite another to promote violence against them..."

Perry Beam, a witness, shared Cole's sentiment and said he was appalled by what he saw, "The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather. One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy."

For his part the clown said, "nothing racist was ever implied." and told a Missouri news outlet, "I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day..." Props go to him for at least recognizing that Limbaugh is a comedian. On his Radio program Monday Rush couldn't resist cracking a head slapper Monday saying, "When the president of the United States more often than not connects with the American people on late-night comedy shows...what else can happen other than the diminishing of the office?"  

Beam isn't convinced, he thought the performance had racial overtones. He told Associated Press:

[It] was cruel. It was disturbing. I'm still sick to my stomach over it ... I've never seen anything so blatantly racist in my life ... If an old country boy picks up on something like that, imagine what a person of color would think It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally.

If Congressman Stockman really wants a clown to perform in District 36, I suggest he take his bull and saddle up.

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