Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) stopped by the Sean Hannity Show Friday afternoon to offer his thoughts on the rodeo clown who sparked an uproar at the Missouri State Fair with an impersonation of President Barack Obama.
While the Missouri State Fair has apologized for the incident and banned the clown from ever performing there again, Stockman has invited the clown to perform in Texas.
The public reaction to the invitation within the Lone Star state has largely been positive, the congressman said, but reactions from left-leaning states have been much less supportive.
"One guy threatened to kill me," said Stockman. "I said, 'How are you gonna do that without a gun?'"
Noting that Texans poked fun at former President George W. Bush (a resident Texan) during his presidency, the congressman dismissed the uproar as "false outrage."
"We've got some serious issues out there ... and they're focusing on a clown," Stockman told Hannity. "This is more laughable and silly to me than anything. It's a sleight of hand to shift topics from the IRS scandal, from Benghazi."
Stockman isn't the first Republican lawmaker to suggest that the White House should take a joke. Earlier Friday, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) suggested that amends be made over drinks.
Mr. President: Invite the rodeo clown 2 the White House 4 a beer summit. Take the temperature down, have a laugh, relax. It's not about race
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) August 16, 2013
Correction: A previous version of this story referred to Bush as a native Texan. He was born in New Haven, Conn.