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. Larry

    I remember Nugent. Vietnam draft dodger. By his own admission he spent the 30 days prior to his physical stopped all personal hygiene so he could show up crusted in his own filth.

    Got his deferment out of serving in the military because he was to afraid to actually pick up a real machine gun and fight for his country.

    Typical chicken hawk republican. All mouth no honor.

    April 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Joshua Ludd

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

    Why did you softpeddle this, CNN? The man is threatening to kill the president. He won't be "dead or in jail" because of his guns. Obama has not made any moves to get rid of them and has actually increase the number of places they can be carried. There is nothing this man can realistically mean but that he will kill the president if he is re-elected. Why is that not making serious headlines? Why is this man not under investigation or in jail already?

    April 17, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Angie

    I've lost all respect for and any desire to continue to listen to Nuge. I doubt Fred Bear would condone such hateful nasty verbiage. Glad he's on your side, Mr. Romney. You can have him.

    April 17, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Because ofyou1

    It's sad when the aged begin to lapse into senility.

    April 17, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. kel

    This Independent Voter will be voting for Obama. The crap these folks spew is beyond stupidity. Nugent is on something strong. Lay off the pills man.

    April 17, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. TomGI

    Did Ted threaten the president's life? Is there anybody home at the Secret Service or are they all out drinking at strip joints?

    And please stop calling him a "rocker". His sun set 30 years ago. He's playing hole in the wall venues like the Coach House in San Juan Capo. Do they even charge admission for that place? Bobby Brown's New Edition Reunion Tour is playing bigger halls than Ted.

    April 17, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Iamnotfooled

    Romney is a coward if he does not speak out against this nut. Secret Service should look into this whacko cause he will probably try to do something to save his ugly face. Sheep with guns (cowards) will follow this nut. Responsible gun owners will denounce him. He needs a gun cause he couldn't punch his way out of a wet paper bag. Some leader of the NRA.

    April 17, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Double b

    Sound like two pretty good options for this whacked out old druggie....who on Earth would put this idiot on a stage to speak???

    April 17, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Kev

    Finally someone that has the guts to say what they want and being reported on CNN. You go Nugent. Sure by now you will have every Dem. and likes calling you a racist or something. HAHA. Obozo and his HO don't deserve being in thie White House.

    April 17, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. GFY Ted

    And the horse you rode in on.

    April 17, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Judith Wegerer

    I hope to read his obit in the paper in November.

    April 17, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Charles Bowen

    Well i guess hell has room for one more Republican after all the Devil is good to his own . Looking forward to word of this clowns demise... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    April 17, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. TomGI

    Did Ted play "Cat Scratch Fever Redux" for the geezers at the NRA convention? Captive audience. Sad.

    April 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. ivan

    Nugent is an idiot. I saw him open for KISS about 11 years ago and all he did was bash people who live in the USA and don't speak English. He is a racist and an opportunist. During his song "White Buffalo" he wore a full Native American Headress and paraded around with a bow and arrow.

    April 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Nodack

    The poster child for the NRA/GOP/FOX/Tea Party.

    The perfect choice of a guy that embodies what they are all about.

    April 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. lefty avenger

    Nugent is a wango tango wingnut.

    April 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Mel

    I'm more convinced then ever. I will never vote Rep. Again . Makes me want to stick my finger down my throat. Vote Obama!

    April 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. blindbear

    Crazy people and guns. Not a good combination. I propose we keep the guns and get rid of the crazy people.

    April 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Don in Lawrence, Kansas

    Hopefully, this hunk of human excrement will die in jail.

    April 17, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Larry

    Stick to what you know Nugent, music. Where was your outrage with the Bush/Cheney fiasco? If anyone should be in prison, it is those two.

    April 17, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Emperor Vadik, CA

    I think Obama should invest in a Deer DNA program, giving Deer hands with opposable fingers, and teaching them how to shoot rifles. Then let the deer go hunting for Ted Nuggent and his draft dodging type ilk...

    April 17, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Craig

    When was the last time he was relevant? I'd argue never.

    April 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. sparky

    tell us about serving your country mr tough guy... too bad you werent that tough when it came to going to nam...

    CHICKENHAWK!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. insightinsite@gmail.com

    This is more dangerous than it seems. What is the effect on others?

    April 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. TomGI

    In reality a chicken hawk but in his mind he's Rambo.

    April 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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