Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November
April 17th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
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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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soundoff (1,527 Responses)
  1. macrasta

    I see that Ted Nugget hasn't changed.. in fact.. the old age has made him worst...

    April 17, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

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

    Making threats against the President is illegal, so I'm expecting the next Nugent article to be about his arrest and arraignment.

    April 17, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "Mitt Romney must condemn Nugent's violent and hateful rhetoric immediately, as it has no place in our political discourse or this campaign."

    Don't hold your breath; Mittens is a chicken.

    April 17, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. SUBS 4 VOTES

    IOKIYAR. Mr. Nugent, I'll pay for your ticket to NYC, get you a pass to the Empire State Building, and you can toss your ass off. Republicans say the most vile and cruel things, but their candidate doesn't have to repudiate ther surrogates comments. Just compare Hillary Rosen's comments to Ted Nugent's. Who do you think crossed the line? The answer is obvious.

    April 17, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Orchid333

    And you call left-wingers radical? Never do you hear anyone from the left threaten violence (i.e. chop their heads off or put target cross-hairs on a map!!) over an election. This type of behavior is what invokes the stupid people who take these fools seriously to do actual physical harm to others. These crazies need to get off the stage before they really do kill someone, and over politics no less. It's so dumb!

    April 17, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Thanks, Mr. Nugent. You somehow found a means to permanently quiet Mitt Romney down over the Hillary Rosen comments.

    April 17, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. KTM

    Another fine example of what a republican looks like. How do you call yourself a republican without being completely embarrassed?

    April 17, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Jon

    Ted Nugent, never one for hyperbole

    April 17, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Harry Wreckdom

    Will the Nuge ever grow up??

    April 17, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "Republicans say the most vile and cruel things"
    -------–
    Want to see come vile & cruel things? Read the comments on the article about Trump throwing a party for Ann Romney.

    Having said that, Nugent's comments were over the top and not helpful.

    April 17, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Scott

    This just proves the over-the-top hypocrisy of the Republican party. If a Democrat says anything even remotely critical, let alone vile, about a Republican, an apology is demanded immediately and repeatedly. But when a Republican voices ridiculous hyperbole and slander and even threatens or incites violence....you hear nothing but crickets. At most, you hear excuses for bad behavior, but you never hear an apology.

    April 17, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. curt

    With comments like that does not surprise me he's a member of the NRA.

    April 17, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. HenryB

    Par for the course for our current-day "Conservatives". When they equate Republicanism to Conservatism they are belittling what true conservatives stand for. If Ted Nugent, Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter, Malkin, O'Reilley, et all are Conservatives, then I feel sorry for true conservatives. These people are no more than hate and fear mongers. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MY REPUBLICAN PARTY?

    April 17, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Lady

    Republicans where are you? I can't see or hear you all saying anything

    April 17, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. MCJNY

    and yet no charges from the republican controlled house of representatives. With all these "impeachable" obama acts, why are they not forcing him to account for his deeds? Because this is a psych warfare campaign. And it's only audience is middle aged white men.

    April 17, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. joe

    Good for Ted, no doubt many red blooded americans that care what this fool is doing to our constitution feel axactly the same way!!!! Amarican true patriots need to stand up and be heard our country is depending on it!!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. mike

    I am deeply offended. Ted Nugent should not be considered a musician.

    April 17, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. rs

    Mr. Nugent clearly needs some sort of intervention. Is his health care insurance lapsed?

    April 17, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @Orchid333: "And you call left-wingers radical? Never do you hear anyone from the left threaten violence (i.e. chop their heads off or put target cross-hairs on a map!!) over an election."

    Oh, c'mon, according to some regular posters here, Repubs are the nicest, most loving, most God-fearing, most-Amurikan people on the planet, all going to heaven because they say "Praise the Lord!" on a regular basis.

    April 17, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. lmerr

    @ Subs 4 votes, yeah, Bill Mahr never says anything like this.

    April 17, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Former Republican, but never again!

    This should turn off a lot more independents! This is why I will never again vote for a Republican!

    April 17, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. NRC

    He takes his freedom of speech seriously. I want Obama out as bad as the next guy, but this is probably a little too far out there. But a man is allowed to have and voice his opinions as long as they don't lead to illegal action

    April 17, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. davec.0121

    Ted Nugent? That's the best the NRA can do? An undeducated, paranoid, washed-up old rock-n-roller? The only relevance he has is that his violent threats serve to illustrate how pathetic and how extreme many of the anti-Obama-ites have become. No rational thought, no reasoned objections, just violent ranting. What makes Nugent even more laughable is that when he did have a chance to serve his country during Viet Nam (he was born in 1948), he eagerly volunteered to play rock-n-roll and make lots of money instead. Ted Nugent dead or in jail in a year? We should be so lucky.

    April 17, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. mcklapp

    What an ignorant fool. Obama signed legislation allowing guns in National Parks and fully supported the Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment applies to individuals and not just state militias. He also did not push for a renewal of the 'Semi-automatic style' ban. Yet he and the NRA continue lying to whore for dues and attention. Or maybe he just has a problem with a black man in the White House. Why else would the NRA's biggest booster trash the best friend gun-owners havd had in the White House for decades.

    April 17, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. callmecrazy

    With threats like that you might expect the SS to be all over him, but they will just as likely take him to a dancer bar.

    April 17, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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