A Texas Republican congressman has invited a rodeo clown who has been banned from the Missouri State Fair for a mocking depiction of President Obama to perform in his district.

Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative whose rural district stretches east of Houston, said he was extending the invitation and defending the clown because liberals “want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama.”

“Liberals want to bronco-bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if it’s speech they don’t agree with,” the lawmaker said in a Wednesday news release.

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