August 14th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP provocateur wants Obama-mocking rodeo clown for Texas

(CNN) – A U.S. Representative from Texas known for his provocative statements wants the Missouri rodeo clown fired for mocking President Barack Obama to know he is welcome in the Lone Star state.

Rep. Steve Stockman, the Republican who invited conservative firebrand musician Ted Nugent to the 2013 State of the Union address, has put out a release inviting the rodeo clown to come and perform in his home district in Texas.

"Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don't agree with," Stockman said in the statement.

The unnamed clown wore a mask in the likeness of the president at a rodeo performance Saturday, with a broom handle stuck up his backside. A rodeo announcer asked the audience if they would like to see Obama run over by a bull.

Asked for comment Wednesday, White House spokesman Joshua Earnest reacted to the rodeo performance with distaste. "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," he said.

Stockman, himself fond of anti-Obama and anti-Liberal statements on social media, called the performance "a harmless gag," he said.

"Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear," the second-term Congressman said.

"The idea to create a state of fear and make people afraid to trivialize Obama."

There's been no word on whether or not the clown will take up the offer.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

Filed under: Missouri • President Obama • Texas
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Oh please. Had this happened in 2003 with some jackhole running around with a Dubya mask on while someone talked about violence being done to him over the loudspeakers at a state sponsored event, the screeching macaques in the GOP would have gone absolutely ballistic about "disrepsect for the office," "un-Murkin" and "GASP...NOT DURING WARTIME!!!!" We'd have never heard the end of it. Stockman's strained rationalization is nothing more than him trying to throw up a thin veil to hide how much he liked just how disrespectful and borderline racist the whole incident appeared.

    August 14, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Do those Texan nasty idiots know that rodeo clown was cleaning up the mess caused by that animal?

    August 14, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. RLalo

    When did Americans become such politically correct wimps? Presidents get ridiculed on late night comedy shows all the time, and even participate in the juvenile hi jinks as Obama's recent visit to Leno exemplifies.

    And when did "social media" become any relevant gauge of national outrage and condemnation? It's all a sham of purported outrage ginned up by media and cowardly bureaucrats who seem to have long forgotten the forceful free speech and challenges to authority that were prevalent in the 60's. For those on social media who claim condemnation or outrage at a silly rodeo act I say "get a life and a real friend".

    In Iran, poking fun at the ayatollah can get you banished or worse. How did the U.S., once a nation that prized liberty and free speech, become no better than Iran?

    It's very sad that such a gross over reaction to a rodeo clown act can so clearly demonstrate how pathetically dumbed down Americans have become. It seems Caspar Milquetoast is very much still alive in government, business, and social media.

    It makes me so totally outraged I want to dress up as a clown and post it on Facebook just to be condemned buy those who would be outraged if I did.


    August 14, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. The Pontificator

    Gurgyl, The whole world trembles before your searing logic and fiery in-lays

    August 14, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Useless Texas Congressman continues to be useless. Pictures at Eleven.

    August 14, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Hawk in Texas

    This clown got barred from performing at rodeo's now if we could just get Stockman barred from Texas. along with gohmert, cornyn, abbott, perry, and so forth.

    August 14, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. ????

    Yeah, I hear the Missouri rodeo clown's YouTube video caused all of today's violence in Egypt.

    August 14, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. T

    ............Dopes from the south are numbered in the multiple millions.............

    August 14, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. John

    Clowns wanting to hire clowns, what's wrong with that?

    August 14, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I want to dress up as a clown and post it on Facebook just to be condemned buy those who would be outraged if I did."

    Nobody gives a flying rat's pink patooty what you do on your personal FB page, champ. NOBODY. You want to embarrass yourself with that kind of nonsense, embarrass away! If you don't understand the distinction that this rodeo was a state-sponsored event, then you missed the very first elementary point of the entire issue.

    August 14, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Thomas

    The clown looks more like John Boehner with a cowboy hat on then Obama .

    August 14, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Fact: The entire display, and Stockman's hypocritical blather and his invitation to have it repeated in TX, is actually the conservatives trying desperately to send a message of intimidation out to minorities. It says: "We're done holding it in. We're done pretending we don't have these prejudices and these bigoted feelings. We're done playing nice as you slowly reach a point of parity and are slowly reaching numbers that will threaten our stranglehold over control of this country and it's assets. You better watch out, because we're done pretending."

    August 14, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Yes, Mr. Stockman, it's always just a "harmless gag". Kinda like the post card sent out by the GOTP of watermelons growing on the White House lawn. Kind of like inviting a wild eyed, drugged out, violence threatening Ted Nugent to the State of the Union was really a great haw-haw. What will really be funny is when the voters throw your hillbilly, redneck butt right out of office. Then about 3/4 of the country can laugh.

    August 14, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Marcus

    RLalo – It's true that the POTUS gets mocked and ridiculed all the time since Washington (yep, even him) because the USA recognizes the right to a public figure gets any of his action to be scrutinized and, if it's the case for at least a portion of the population, becomes the subject of some jokes and laughs because of this or that action.
    No problem about it, just check the political cartoons or that strip with a green duck (I honestly forgot its name, Mallard something) and you'll see that ever since Obama was elected POTUS they had criticized (with at least an honest attempt of making a joke).
    Which wasn't the case of what happened at that rodeo.
    A joke is a joke, even if it's a lame or a bad one.
    An offense is an offense.
    And if you can't differentiate one from another, I'll hate to be next to you when you decide to show me and whoever else is near you how funny are your 'jokes'.

    August 14, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Marcus

    Sorry for the typo, it should have been 'they had criticized him'.

    August 14, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Tom

    @P.D Sniffit
    While I will agree that it's disrespectful I would be willing to wager you didn't have a problem when the Dixie Chicks made their disrespectful comments overseas about Bush.

    And, once again, you introduce race into a conversation where there is absolutely no reason to. Only someone who harbors those latent feelings would think that what he did was racist. Thank you again for proving my point. Race didn't even occur to me but for someone like you it sure does.

    August 14, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. rs


    When did Americans become such politically correct wimps? Presidents get ridiculed on late night comedy shows all the time, and even participate in the juvenile hi jinks as Obama's recent visit to Leno exemplifies.
    The difference is, one may expect what happens on Leno when the President is present to happen. One DOES NOT expect the politicalization of something everyone should be able to go to and enjoy- like a rodeo. Face it, it was a stupid act, and grossly inappropriate, un-American and certainly not the act of patriots- which well defines the GOP (especially from Texas).

    August 14, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. PJ

    "When did Americans become such politically correct wimps."
    It has nothing to do with "political correctness". It is more a lack of self-respect, ignorance, and hate. This, like
    some of the comments made here, is a show of contempt for our President. If you want to dress up like a clown,
    feel free. And if we want to be disgusted by that show, and the immaturity demonstrated by this clown, and Steve Stockton, we are free to say so.
    Maybe he can bring Teddy Nugie to the show, and they can have a free-for-all as to who can be the most disgusting.

    August 14, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    When did Americans become such politically correct wimps? Presidents get ridiculed on late night comedy shows all the time, and even participate in the juvenile hi jinks as Obama's recent visit to Leno exemplifies.


    Yeah, except the rodeo was a state sponsored event at a state owned facility, so you're comparing apples to orangutans.

    August 14, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Perpetrators or sympathizers of racism will always justify their acts and words based on ignorance, hate, or intolerance. Too bad there are so many Rush Limbaugh clones repeating his extremist wingnut diatribes.

    August 14, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. lew todd

    Sounds about right...One clown inviting another clown to his clown of a state...What a clown...

    August 14, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Donkey Party

    People that don't see the overt racism in this despicable acts, are clearly racists themselves.

    August 14, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Texas is the laughing stock of the country and a national disgrace, we should sell it to Mexico to reduce the deficit !!!!!!

    August 14, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. anonoymous

    Wow cant believe the party that wants to include all people and change their brand would even touch this. I hope people are paying attention come election time and remember. We have enough nuts in politics and need people who respect and represent all the people.

    August 14, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. ak_steve

    It's OK when the GOP do this, but what is their was a Reagan rodeo crown? OMG... sacrilege.

    August 14, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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