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. kaligaclark

    So nugent finally lost what little mind he had left! OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. John

    Do what you got to do Ted. President Obama In Nov. 2012.

    April 17, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Mike S., New Orleans

    I didn't know Ted Nugent was still alive. Didn't he have that one hit song?

    April 17, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. gg

    he should be given drug test on a daily bases–take away his gun licence if he does not pass

    April 17, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. NameEddie Mitchell

    Ted lives in the state where according to Romney the trees are the right height, I'm not steppin foot in Michigan, where. They play solider for sport, and their belief is they're coming for our guns

    April 17, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Iamnotfooled

    Hey Nugent -hope you are reading these comments cause 3/4 think you are a whacko! the other 1/4 are your sheep.

    April 17, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Bob

    Washed up hack loudmouthed poser.

    April 17, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Peon

    Come on Ted, you're smarter than this drivel! You've just succeeded in alienating a bunch of supporters you, or Romney, would've had if you hadn't decided to emulate an un-educated redneck bigot. If it hasn't been made 100% crystal clear yet, the Obama administration is NOT concerned with gun control, and most probably never will, about which I'm sure is the reason you continue to spout off about him. You can relax man, take a deep breath, and gather your thoughts........now, find a different issue to harp on, and make sure you don't threaten to kill someone, ok?

    April 17, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. TomGI

    What message does that goofy hat convey to you? Village People stand in?

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

    The most immature, obnoxious person ...still. Don't expect bail and, definitely, don't expect flowers, Mr. Nugent.

    April 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. david willoughby

    Vote osama? Are you socialist life for real?, America has become insane, with bleeding heart candy asses go to Canada losers. This country can be great again. Never under this administration.

    April 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Iamnotfooled

    The administration is anti-Amewrican when you dodged the draft? Laughable. Patriot? Vets are true Patriots. They also are responsible gun owners. You are a coward.

    April 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Mark silvers

    What a dinosaur. A trye a–hole

    April 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Pat

    I hope he will chose death over jail after Obama wins.

    April 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. P.A. Albert Anthony Galbo-Jackson

    The leader of the anti-intellectual movement speaks! Sweaty Teddy has to be one of the dumbest individuals to ever strap on a weapon...idiot!

    April 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Pete/Ark

    welcome to the watch list...

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

    loose nut

    April 17, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Mark silvers

    Ted is truly a redneck dinosaur.

    April 17, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Debbie

    And when it came time to rebuke Rush ... Romney's responce was not the language I would have used. When Nugent uses threats Mitt's has someone else speak for him. Not leadership qualities from Mitt.

    April 17, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Jimmykl

    Funny, Nugent would endorse the man who gave Massachusetts it's assault weapons ban. Thanks Ted, gun owners really need morons like you speaking for them.

    April 17, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. An Educated Man

    What an ignorant and blood-thirsty nutjob! "Dead or in jail?" I say okay to either. Move aside, you ignorant and UNeducated rednecks. Let the educated people who know what they're doing get to work, and stop being obstructionists. We're tired of what you've done to the great USA.

    April 17, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Investment Advisor

    Wow!!! Ol' Ted really struck a nerve with the Left. I'm still wiping the froth off my monitor.

    April 17, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. elizabeth

    this is just horrible how do you allow it on internet.

    April 17, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. drdiane50

    To Kev up above – your mind is so far down in the sewer that you belong there with Ted Nugent. President Obama was ELECTED by a majority of the American voters – and his wife was part of that deal – so your disrespect gets you nothing with those of us who are grounded in reality. You should have your head pinched off.

    April 17, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Maul

    Wow! If that doesn't make you want Obama to win, nothing will.... I'm really hoping Nugent choses to die, rather than go to jail. I don't like the idea of having to share air with the likes of Ted Nugent.

    April 17, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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