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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soundoff (1,527 Responses)
  1. Scotty L.

    Boy, I grew up enjoying some of his music, but Ted has completely lost his marbles on this one. I really don't think it'll be long before Ted ends up in a permanent straight jacket!

    April 17, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Silly Baggers!

    And the really sad part is Ted doesn't realize that his comments actually said more about him than it did the admin he was trying to shed a negative light on.

    April 17, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. chromigula

    "Still have yet to see any of the liberally biased media report the hypocrisy of Debbie Wasserman Schultz calling for Romney to disclose his income tax returns, while refusing to disclose hers. But then again that is democrat liberal hypocrisy isn't it."

    You realize that it's a pretty common practice (one might even say precedent) for presidential candidates to release their returns? And that Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't running for president, right?

    April 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. jms58

    I hope he is dead by this time nest year. His opinion is as evil as he is.

    April 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. alex

    Yet another republican SWINE!!!! Bring it on you illiterate SWINE and well see...

    April 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Walter

    I'd say sick the Secret Service after hiim, except they're too busy getting laid.

    April 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Max

    Good!!!

    It would be GOOD NEWS to have a vile bigot like this dead or in jail. There must be some way to get rid of haters and psychotics like this and if that's how he chose to end his existence in a decent society...good for him.

    congratulations, you certainly won't be 'missed'

    Good...go ahead Nugent, the sooner the better

    April 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Who is Ted Nugent?

    April 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Senior Citizen

    I'd say this guy needs to be committed. Not only does he look crazy, he is crazy. I'm sure the Repubs are so proud of him for his stupid statements and backing Romney. His Mother should have used birth control!!!

    April 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Gerry Daley

    Gee what a surprise...a crackpot organization attracts a crackpot rock star.

    April 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. nilla

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,"

    Ok, I'm definitely voting for Obama now.

    April 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    What a wackjob. I guess it'll just be another thing to look forward to. :D

    April 17, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Topaz

    If an idiot like this guy talks like this in any other democratic country either in Europe or Asia or in other third world country, his ass must be rotting in a jail by nowfor instigating hatred towards the president and the government. Only people in this country under the name of free speech get away with this kind of repulsive talk Obama should get aggressive and do something to keep these kinds of jerks silent.

    April 17, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Marian

    ........I think Ken just stole Ann's birthday present!!! thank you very much.......

    April 17, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Gary Street

    The view up his butt tends to distort Teddy's view of the world.

    April 17, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. JAB62

    I think we should hold him to his word. Dead or jail. See what cat scratch fever can do to you? Time for your meds now Ted.

    April 17, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. David

    This is just another example of the lack of leadership the "right" has, and the shallowness (pun intended) in their pool of talent.

    April 17, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. curious

    The problem won't come from this crazy angry white male, it's the one's listening to this idiot's message.

    April 17, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. dave

    THis piece of garbage doesn't deserve a response. He used his freedom of speech; now I'll use mine: Here's to a 100 MPH meeting of Mr Nugent alone in his car and a 100 foot, 100 year old oak tree.

    April 17, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Well, that changes my vote, I was all set to vote for Romney, but if a vote for Obama will cause Ted Nugent to die or go to jail, I have to vote for Obama.

    April 17, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. David

    Why are all my comments always subject to moderation in this forum?

    April 17, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. ChubbJack

    What deters me from voting for a Republican at this time is their ideology of "beat Obama" at any cost. If we all are honest, this ideology is a key factor to the slow recovery of the American economic recovery. The fact that the Republican agenda to "beat Obama" is laced with lies and inaccurate facts says a lot. However, when the Republican party pays someone like Nugent to speak in a threatening manner towards the President of the United States is a clear display of the GOP lack of respect for that position. I do not mean lack of respect for Barrack Obama, but for the actual office of the president regardless of who is the president. The Republican party conduct for the last twelve years is a dishonor to their voters and to America.

    April 17, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. ReaganDem

    Wow! and we as Republicans should not wonder why when we get a beat down in November because of idiots like Ted.

    April 17, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. NRAKillsPeople

    This dude fell off his wagon years ago. Look at him, he's borderline mentally unstable. Why do you think he coops himeself up in the middle of nowhere trying to liberate his way back into the public space. No one took anything from you, you nutter. You can still buy 20 plus guns a year to kill everything that comes within seeing distance of him. Ted needs to be in a rubber room with all the other NRA/PREPPER nation nuts who no longer trust there fellow citizens. Although Ted had no problem taking all there money througout the last 4 decades, what a PUNK.

    April 17, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. IAMCORRECT

    Nugent is obviously an america hating enemy combatant. Time to ship him off to a permanent vacation at Guantanamo.

    April 17, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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