The rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama when performing at the Missouri State Fair has now spoken out, arguing that the bit has been performed by rodeo clowns “for generations,” regardless of who occupies the Oval Office, and that it was meant to be humorous, not hateful.
“I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done fifteen years ago, ten years ago, five years ago . . . when we’ve done it with Bush and Clinton and Ronald Reagan,” the performer, Tuffy Gessling, told a Missouri TV station.
Indeed, Gessling presents himself as just as non-partisan as he claimed the bit to be. When asked whether he was a Democrat or Republican, Gessling responded, “I am a rodeo clown.”
The clown also insists that race was not a factor, saying, “I never did anything because of anybody’s race. I don’t care what color somebody is. If they’re blue, white, green, polka-dotted, striped, it doesn’t bother me one bit.”
Gessling received a lifetime ban from performing at the Missouri State Fair, but will soon be working at another rodeo, in Jefferson City, Mo. (in fact, his participation has become a selling point for the event).
“If President Obama turns out, I’d be honored to shake his hand,” Gessling said.
While there’s been plenty of support, Gessling claims that he has also received five death threats as a result of the stunt.
Via the Right Scoop.