From the so-called “progressive” left.

SEDALIA, MO (KCTV) – A rodeo clown’s controversial Missouri State Fair antics went viral after wearing a President Barack Obama mask and mocking the nation’s leader.

It divided people across the country on whether Tuffy Gessling’s stunt was disrespectful to Obama.

He took a lot of heat for the stunt, and now he is looking for a chance to clear the record.

The incident occurred Aug. 10 at the fairgrounds in Sedalia during the The Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association finals.

Gessling started a firestorm – angry rebukes from politicians, a lifetime ban from the Missouri State Fair and more personal hits than he ever faced in the ring.

“I’ve had one lady spit in my face, called me a dirty name, spit in my face and walked off,” Gessling said.

And he says there have been five death threats.

“I’ve had somebody threaten to run me over. One of them wanted to burn the house down,” he said.

Gessling says that hate is actually what finally brought him out to speak.

“I didn’t do this to do any hating on anyone. I did this to be funny. I did it to be a joke,” Gessling said.

Gessling said the clown act has been around for generations.

“I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, ten years ago, five years ago, when we’ve done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan,” Gessling said.

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