(Photo courtesy: Perry Beam)
WASHINGTON D.C. (KSDK) - A Texas congressman has invited the rodeo clown that was banned from the Missouri State Fair for a controversial impression of President Barack Obama to perform in the state's 36th District.
Fair officials did not reveal the clown's identity.
"Liberals want to bronco bust dissent, but Texans value free speech, even if it's speech they don't agree with," Rebublican Congressman Steve Stockman said in a news 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."
Texas' 36th Congressional District is located in southeast Texas and includes all of Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin, Liberty and Chambers counties, plus portions of Harris County.
The clown who donned an Obama mask during a show at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday was permanently banned from performing there after organizers called the display "inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair."
The incident invoked harsh criticism from Gov. Jay Nixon, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. On his Twitter feed, Kinder said, "I condemn the actions disrespectful to the POTUS the other night. We are better than this."
Stockman disagreed, saying in a news release, "the liberal reaction is straight out of Alinsky. They want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama, even if it's a rodeo clown with a harmless gag."