Tuffy Gessling The Clown Gets Support From Texas Rep., Glenn Beck, Many Online Fans
Here's Gessling's short apologies:
Here are two short clips provided by attendee Perry Beam whose account sparked the whole controversy:
And some Twitter support:
'Like' Tuffy Gessling Rodeo Performer and tell him we support him! via Facebook #MoStateFair— Cindy Who (@wh_cindy) August 12, 2013
Can't believe liberals went after a clown. Fired Missouri State Fair Rodeo Clown Tuffy Gessling Permanently Banned http://t.co/GsVuGzyPuQ— John Gort (@JohnGort) August 12, 2013
Here's a statement the St. Charles GOP posted on Facebook:
Give me a break! I love how liberals find racism around every corner. The mere fact that it gets dark at night is racist to some.
People have been lampooning public officials for years. I recall when my son was in martial arts, they had a Halloween party for the kids -- one of the older kids at the time, probably 13 or so, donned a George W. Bush mask and walked around dragging her knuckles and picking her "nose" as she paraded around proudly -- obviously a household thought process that came from her labor union member father.
I thought it was tasteless, too.
But where is Show Me Progress and Daily Kos ANY time Bill Maher takes to the airwaves? Or Chris Matthews?
These people are doing nothing to trying to draw attention to themselves.
Some of the comments on the Show Me Progress site are actually coming from public officials, one democrat state representative says, "I am both angered and disgusted by the blatant racism that was displayed at the Missouri State Fair. It is appalling that the Fair organizers would allow such a distasteful display. This is an embarrassment to the People of Missouri. I will not support future funding for an event that will condone racists acts and is so blatantly disrespectful to the President. Clearly racism is alive and well in State of Missouri. I never imagine that I would see this type of display in my state in 2013."
Another person posts, "I felt like I was at a Klan rally..."
How short your memories are ...
And from some of the outraged elected officials via our earlier coverage:
The @MoStateFair celebrates Missouri and our people. I condemn the actions disrespectful to POTUS the other night. We are better than this.— Peter Kinder (@PeterKinder) August 11, 2013
From State Rep. Caleb Rowden, another Republican:
I don't agree w/ this Prez on many things. But he is deserving of respect and shouldn't be the object of political stunts. Out of line!— Caleb Rowden (@calebrowden44) August 11, 2013
From Tishaura Jones, St. Louis treasurer and former Democratic state rep:
From State Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, a Democrat:
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill fired off this statement in response to the hoopla last night:
If what's being reported is true, then it's shameful and it's unacceptable. The State Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars, and is supposed to be a place where we can all bring our families and celebrate the state that we love. But the young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse--that somehow it's ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt, and joke about harming the President of our great nation. Missouri is better than this, and I expect someone to be held accountable.
U.S. Congressman Lacy Clay:
I am amazed that in 2013, such hatred, intolerance and disrespect towards the President of the United States could take place at the Missouri State Fair.
Our fair is supposed to showcase the best of Missouri, instead, it showed an ugly face of intolerance and ignorance to the world.