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. Silence DoGood

    So all Dems will now picture all Repubs like this. And all Repubs will see Dems as Obama-Girl.
    Welcome to cartoon America.
    Thanks for helping us all avoid actual thought processes CNN.

    April 17, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Tony

    Hey, Ted, that collection of guys in black suits and sunglasses in the front row at your next concert? They're not there for the music. Just so's you know...
    What a meathead.

    April 17, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. jboh

    "It's a land unknown to man where fantasy is fact. If you can please understand you might not come back". He never did come back.

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Those people don't attend NRA meetings, they go to Hate Rallies.

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Tim

    I cannot remember a time when there was so much hatred for an administration that has done so little in comparison to the previous administration to deserve this kind of vitriole. And where, my God, is there any semblance of respect for the office of the president. Hate him if you like, but the immense disrespect comes from everywhere, including the minority leader of the house. He's our President, folks, so instead of spending all your time thinking of clever ways to manipulate his name, try to let him do his job.

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Reed

    Does anyone really care what this draft-dodging clown has to say. This is the guy who peed in his pants and worse to avoid serving in Viet Nam and then claims that if he had gone, he wouldhave been the greatest warrior in history, he claims that he would have killed all the hippies in the foxholes. Not the guy I should have wanted on my fire team, squad or platoon.

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Filthburger

    Ted. lol. it would be a loss if he did, but not for politics. he is certainly entertaining and has actually pushed some useful legislation in his area. most of it is drivel.

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    As long as it's your death only, you treasonous POS.

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Louis in Wisc.

    This is how a typical teaparty nutcase feels but they won't say it .

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. drdiane50

    And what Ted Nugent says matters because why???????

    April 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Republican who supports President Obama

    And the GOP cries about people who say Ann Roomney does not work when you have nutjobs saying this crap. Where is the outrage for this? Where? Sure folks can rally behind people who do not make a threat on our President but go into hiding when there is vile unpatriotic rhetoric like this.

    April 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. retief1954

    Ted Nugent, washed-up, irrelevant has-been and Huckabee co-jammer (that's really cool Ted, "jammin" with ole Huck on Fox). He belongs in WWE – that's the appeal level of his spew. Glad to hear he won't be around after November, and the preference here would NOT be him ending up in jail.

    April 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Name Prestige

    I watched the video and could not believe my eyes and ears when I saw and heard people clapping at the stuff this retarded dim-wit was spewing. I am amazed at how gullible and stupid people have become

    April 17, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. casanova

    clearly makes no sense to complain no ones listening and no one cares

    April 17, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Hello-Earth to Nugent-You live in a Democracy-unless the Republicans get their way into an Oligarchy(rule by the rich)-so if Obama is reelected you are going aginst the majority vote of Americans which is why Obama is IN the White House now-So Yes-move out of the coutry or die and leave a better place for the rest of us.

    April 17, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. hamsta

    @nilla neither the nra or the tea party was involved in trespassing,disruption of commerce,disturbing the peace,noise pollution,graffiti,vandalism,arson,armed robbery,rioting,drug possesion and use,selling stolen weapons,murder or terrorism.that would be the angry nutjobs that call themselves the occupy movement and obamas department of justice.that finger you are pointing is attached to a guilty conscience,you are looking in the mirror.

    April 17, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. ST

    Why can't Nugent enjoy his music instead of spitting out his hatred?

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Voice of Reason

    Listening to this guy and wondering if he has any grasp on reality whatsoever. Does anyone take what he says seriously (aside from the secret service – who should be sitting him down for a talk about what he means by , dead or in jail'...)?

    He's making noise, but not saying anything intelligible. Wht scares me is that there are others out there who are just as deluded, and just as ignorant, and just as willing to become martyrs for an unjustifiable cause that doesnt really exist. Hoping he's just another fruitcake with lots of hot air.

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Shardik

    Help me out here, we care about Nugent's ridiculously paranoid opinion because....?

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. ejhowe

    BYE TED – You said it now do it.... We don't need you!!!

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. mdodge1974

    Wait... isn't he already on trial in Norway?

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. El Hombre

    The only thing more idiotic than this waste of a human being is CNN actually making a story out of this.

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Chandra

    OH NO HE MIT NT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Mikey

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year"
    *********************************************************************
    Why would he be dead or in jail. What is he threatening to do... or attempting to incite others to do? It is just this kind of anti-American rhetoric that floors me about the right (the "more patriotic than thou" crowd). You can't say anything negative while they are in power, but with Obama in the White House, they can say all the absolutely disgusting, unpatriotic, hateful things they like, which, or course is simply a reflection on them.

    April 17, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. nylescota

    its not just democrats that deserve death its all politicians its all become so corrupt that if something as extreme as what the nuge describes were to happen. The only just course would be to take a page out of Frances book and behead them all in public.

    April 17, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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