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Steve King suggests President Obama host beer summit with Missouri rodeo clown

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Outspoken Republican Rep. Steve King had a suggestion Friday for how President Obama should deal with the controversy surrounding the now famous Missouri rodeo clown: Invite him to the White House for a beer.

The Iowa congressman took to Twitter to weigh in on the weekend incident in which a rodeo clown at a Missouri state fair donned an Obama mask and ran around while an announcer taunted him, saying, “Obama, they’re coming for you this time.” Fair organizers have apologized for the event that some denounced as racist and Republicans and Democrats in the state have denounced it.

When video of the performance emerged, it sparked a national firestorm, with groups like the NAACP calling for a federal investigation and some Republicans racing to the clown's defense. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, invited the clown, who was banned for life from the Missouri fair, to preform in the Lone Star State.

King said Obama could calm everyone down by holding a beer summit, similar to the one the White Hosted hosted in 2009 for a black Harvard professor and the white police officer who arrested him outside his Cambridge, Mass., home after a 9-1-1 call reported a burglary in progress.

“Mr. President: Invite the rodeo clown 2 the White House 4 a beer summit,” King tweeted. ”Take the temperature down, have a laugh, relax. It’s not about race.”

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