Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November
April 17th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
2 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. Slash

    Behold the core of the Republican party.

    April 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Henry

    Fletch: "If I had a son, he would look like Ted Nugent."

    Hey, Fletch, you need a woman for precreation. Something that's probably not in your mom's basement where you live and write your BS.

    April 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. madmaninthemiddle

    Good thing he didn't say Michelle never worked a day in her life. If he had, then I'm SURE Romney would quicly condemn these comments.

    April 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Juxtapoz

    Fletch says: "So Madonna can film a video in which she throws a grenade at a guy wearing a Bush mask, but this is somehow unacceptable rhetoric?"

    Did Obama recently accept Madonna's endorsement? Is Madonna a frequent guest on cable news networks? These and other burning questions answered in our next round of, "Why Republicans need to just shut up"!

    April 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Ronny

    Wasserman Schultz is a dirtbag and a hypocrite. When is Obama going to condemn Bill Maher's comments?

    April 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Joe

    I look forward to not hearing anything about Ted Nugent once he's in prison.

    April 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. thisisyourbestyear

    Who is he???

    April 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. A. Goodwin

    I'm an independent and have voted in presidential elections for both Democrats and Republicans. But its comments like Ted Nugent that a) makes me sad I ever voted GOP and b) makes me sad that the GOP has become such a complete disaster. I really miss the republicans of the Regan, Bush Sr. and Clinton days...you know, the ones who actually gave a damn about our country and didn't make pledges...or had respect for the presidency.

    April 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. sgurdog

    Class act...pft

    April 17, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Mike

    Who is Ted Nugent anyway?

    April 17, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Jack The Tripper

    Didn't this draft-dodging, pedophile used to be a musician?

    April 17, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Nodack

    Don't like Democrats? Then chop their heads off Nugent says. I'm sure that made the NRA mad since they would prefer that guns be used instead. He about sums up the Republican party these days. Hate with a little sprinkling of extra hate on the side. Don't like the elected officials, just kill them he says and he is a rep for the NRA?

    April 17, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Florida Joe

    And would you think Flip Flop Mitt would denounce this idiot....of course not........Mitt will say anything, let anyone say anything, that he thinks might get him one vote..........These are both pathetic humans

    April 17, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. hottpoker

    That's what happens when they hide his meds.

    April 17, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. 4 More Years

    Sounds like Nugent is the one full of vile hatred.
    Go ahead Nuge!!! Do yourself in!!! The world will be a better place without ya!!!

    April 17, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Mark

    Dead or in jail....sounds like a win-win to me. This from a man who has perfomed wearing a loin cloth. How can anyone take this foul mouthed idiot seriously. Hey, I have an idea. Why doesn't Ted go quail hunting with Chaney?

    April 17, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Some Chick

    Bye Bye Ted.
    wont miss ya , forget all bout you anyway.
    horrid music outta you too.!

    April 17, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Will

    This is baby stuff compared to the endless hate we heard about Bush. Hypocrisy from the left. Nothing new or different. Ted is right at their level so they should love it.

    April 17, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Republican Class Warfare

    I hope Ted Nugent dies for his treason against this nation.

    April 17, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Zil Zerimar

    The face of this man Ted Nugent is a face nobody will love including his own mother.

    April 17, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. 0RacKL

    If Nugent is as stupid as he sounds (at least two of his sentences don't even make any sense), then I can see why he's for Romney and I can understand why he doesn't like Obama.

    April 17, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Funny that Debbie has no problem with statements like these when Bill Maher makes them . . .

    April 17, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. JP Johnson

    Is that a promise? I certainly hope he'll jump off the face of the earth when Obama wins.

    April 17, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Doreen Johnson

    And the world watches...America looking ridiculous once again.

    April 17, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. nilla

    "So Madonna can film a video in which she throws a grenade at a guy wearing a Bush mask, but this is somehow unacceptable rhetoric?"

    Nugent can film whatever video he wants. He can say whatever he wants at his concerts, too. However, if he wants to say these things at a GOP convention (let's face it, that's what this was), he becomes a spokesperson for the party. The party is now accountable for its spokesperson.

    We do still value accountability, right?

    April 17, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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