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Congressman defends comments about Obama rodeo clown

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BEAUMONT -

U.S. Representative Steve Stockman Monday spoke to a crowd in Beaumont about recent comments he made concerning a Missouri rodeo clown that wore a President Obama mask.  Stockman was criticized after he invited the clown to work in Texas.

Monday Stockman suggested Obama's Presidential predecessor's experienced similar criticism. He noted that there were those who wore George W. Bush masks. The lawmaker implied the clown, who was banned from working at the rodeo of the Missouri State Fair, was the one who was truly unfairly treated.

"We just need to make sure we don't trample on someone's rights. I was the guy who stood up to defend the kid on the bus that was getting picked on. We have the right to criticize the president in this country. We've been doing it forever."

Stockman also promised attention to what he called a "war on freedom."

The 36th District Republican said there is an erosion of rights evident by the actions of the Internal Revenue Service, the National Security Agency and in some provisions of Obamacare.

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