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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  1. concerned

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," I take that to mean Ted Nugent, himself, will try to take out the president and is willing to die trying. The secret service needs to consider his words as a direct threat against the president.

    April 17, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. sayer

    Obama 2012! Let send Ted to...

    April 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. weird

    No threats were made.... he was stating that the government would like kill or arrest him...

    April 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. rbyrnes

    Nugent is a moron

    April 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    @ReallY!!?: Of course Romney does not control the NRA, they control him. The Chamber of Commerce controls Romney. The Koch Brothers and their network of organizations control Romney and the RNC, and every elected GOP official. If they don't do their bidding, they get primaried. Nugent is the perfect spokesman for the Right because they can always say, " Well, Ted's a private citizen, he has nothing to do with the campaign": How many private citizens have huge properties in at least 2 states, have talk radio shows where they can throw out their unfiltered thoughts to the public? Mahar is on HBO, Letterman is on late at night, and I can't remember the last Spike Lee movie that did well. Nugent, even as a washed-up rocker, has a ready-made audience and network to plug into. He's advocating armed rebellion, and is ready to carry it out. I frankly hope he tries it, but I hope the pics of his corpse also show how badly he fouled his Depends after he came under fire for the first time. I only hope he's got Chuck Norris with him.

    April 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. JustMe

    Fletch

    ... He threatened nobody ...

    April 17, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |

    If he threatened nobody then why is the Secret Service investigating?

    April 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. DenInNooYawk

    Better Red than Ted?

    April 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. ex-sarge

    Speech like this on either side does no good. But really, where do you find speech like this on the other side? Bring up Bill Maher all you want, but he doesn't own a machine gun, nor has he stood in front of an angry crowd and offered to let the President fellate it.

    April 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. AlwaysRIGHT

    Ted speaks on my behalf all the time. Make him head of RNC, speaker of the house, or best yet, President. All you libtards who are whining should put your heads back up your butts where they belong! Ted speaks the truth. We are doomed if Oblama is allowed to usurp the office another 4 years. He and everyone associated with him all belong in prison. And all the judges who have dismiessed all the cases against him. All of you – pathetic. And everyone at CNN, MSNBC, and all the lamestream media – you are all empty headed clueless fools, following your Hitler-like savior, just like people did with Hitler. Obama is a fraud, fraud, fraud. Wake up!

    April 17, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. SMJ

    He's still alive? Who cares what he says.

    April 17, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. ferrin

    only you very stupid would vote obummer ROCK ON TED!!

    April 17, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Jeep

    has been...who cares

    April 17, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Nugent's Uncle

    "rocker" Mini-Me Nugent has been off his rocker for ages. Brain dead, too much weed, too much dope and whatnot. Any outcries here from repubs who always get upset that (liberal) celebrities express political opinions? Course not..

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year"...
    Please, oh God, make it so. RIP, jerk, Nugent that is, not god.

    April 17, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. judy

    glad this is coming from the right . He is pretty much a has been and if this gets him som publicty so what. His IQ speaKS for itself. Obama 2012

    April 17, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Michael

    Can you say White Supremist? I've seen this man's profanity laced rants. Given his background I'm sure the FBI will want to talk with him.

    April 17, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. allens

    this is the disgusting behaviour that is making politics what it is. this should not be accepptable from any party. if the republicans had a spine, they would say something about this sort of thing. who on earth would be attracted by this guy?

    April 17, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. ReallY!!?

    The White House response to Maher's comments "they cannot be "the arbitrator of every statement that everybody makes in the policy and political arena."

    April 17, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. kayaker247

    if he's dead or in jail this time next year he'll be more interesting, that's for sure. this dude had gone full blown whack job! And if you're supporting this nonsense, check yourself. He's one phone book away from shooting innocent gas pumpers.

    April 17, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. mdesan

    I used to like Terrible Ted, but he started losing it it back in the "Wango Tango" days & has gotten more outrageous since. Maybe it's his way of keeping himself in the public eye, but I simply look at him as a fool now. Really, this got old 10 years ago with his attempt at a reality show. Gary Busey comes to mind....

    April 17, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Bill in Florida

    I SO look forward to reading of this POS's suicide or murder sometime after the election :D

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Tewibble ted

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    there is SERIOUSLY something WRONG in this country!

    The disease known as Republicanism.

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Chop this man!

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Honestuck

    How about arresting this guy for making threats on the Vice-Presidents life. I know for sure if his name was Ted Mohammad they would arrest him immediately.

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. nightsun2k7

    LOL...Ted Nugent, I thought he was allready dead......wango z tango!

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. charlesName

    This what they have come to. Choping off heads, taking away women rights, taking our S.S and our medicade

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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