Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November
April 17th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November

(CNN) – Rocker Ted Nugent did little to quell his reputation as a conservative firebrand through comments at the National Rifle Association convention when he took aim (pun intended) at high profile members of the Barack Obama administration and voiced support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The Romney-backer, musician, activist, NRA board member and tea party figure encouraged an NRA audience over the weekend to help oust the current administration.

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"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. "If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don't even know what you're made out of."

He accused the government of "wiping its ass with the Constitution you're living under a rock some place" and labeled members of the Obama administration, including the vice president, attorney general and secretary of state "criminals."

"We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Am I, any questions?" Nugent said.

This is not the first time Nugent has vividly espoused his views. In fact, the NRA has a section of its website devoted to some of his statements, including profanity-laced comments and threats directed at then candidates Obama and Hillary Clinton during the last election cycle.

Responding to the comments from Nugent, who announced his support for the former Massachusetts governor in March, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said "Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from."

"Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil," she added.

Saul's reaction followed a call from Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to denounce the remarks. Wasserman Schultz sent out an email to supporters on Tuesday to solicit donations off the comments she called "despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale."

"Romney's surrogates should know better than to rally the troops with outrageous rhetoric that is unacceptable in our political debate," the Florida representative said in a statement. "Mitt Romney must condemn Nugent's violent and hateful rhetoric immediately, as it has no place in our political discourse or this campaign."

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  1. David

    Ted Nugent dead or in jail? Sounds like a win/win to me!

    April 18, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Peggy - TX

    This kind of language, where Ted is implying that if his votes does not work, he will use his guns to force his point of view on the rest of the Nation, threatening the life of the POTUS, must not have any legitimacy in American Discourse.

    He used language very failures to Americans and his meaning was clear. Attempts to rewrite what he said to mean something different, such as saying he was threatening suicides or asking people to vote, fail miserably in the face of reality. Comparing what he said over the mic at a NRA rally to a stand-up comedians words or the words stating accurately that Ann, Mitts wife, has never had a job.

    This kind of hateful language makes one wonder what goes through the mind of ½ the population that see themselves as Republicans and continue to vote against their self interest. The lack of sound logic in their views, a willingness to believe any absurdity against the President while condoning this really bad behavior by Ted, smells a lot like racism.

    April 18, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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