Tuffy Gessling, the Missouri rodeo clown who wore a President Barack Obama mask, said there was nothing racist about his decision earlier this month.
“I live to make people laugh,” Gessling told Will Roberts, the political radio host, according to Politix. He said that in the past, he wore a Bill Clinton mask and did not receive any media attention or a hostile response.
He wore the Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair.
Gessling, in exclusive interview, told the host that he received five death threats over wearing the mask, according to KCTV-5. He said that a person threatened to “burn his house down.”
“This bit–this clown bit–has been around for generations,” he said.
He also wore masks of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
“I never did anything … because of anybody’s race,” he said.
And when he was asked whether he was Democrat or Republican, he said that “I am a rodeo clown.”
“I think a lot of people have lost the ability to laugh,” he said.
In upcoming rodeos, he said that if “President Obama came out, I’d be honored to shake his hand.”