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. Joe from Ohio

    Lets see, the "Obama's gonna take yer guns away" tactic worked to sway some voters in '08. Lets dust er off and see if she'll work again!

    April 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Anyone else find it funny that conservative, family values Republicans love the crude and vile Ted Nugent? What was even better was watching baptist preacher/former Republican candidate Mike Huckabee rocking out to "Cat Scratch Fever" with Ted Nugent.

    April 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Rodneu Boyd

    This guy needs to be locked up Quickly!!!

    April 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Billy bob

    This is soooo stupid, why is any one listening to this IDIOT.

    April 17, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. mtylerjr

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, It is right to call those comments by nugent "derisive, violent, hateful, unacceptable". But don't, in the same breath, slander Romney by calling Nugent "one of his surrogates" – that sort of comment should also be derisive and unacceptable.

    April 17, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. gg

    i see why reagan de-funded mental-illness he,d have no party left

    April 17, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Jorge UU Boosh

    Nugent guitar "playing" sukks too. He's a washed up "never was-been"..

    April 17, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Don

    We appear to have a Breivik in our midst. And the NRA, by giving this guy a platform, is looking more and more like a hate group.

    April 17, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. COL

    I have some compassion for people like this, so I'd prefer that Teddy Boy get psychiatric help. Failing this, I'd opt for him taking his own life rather than going to prison – we wouldn't want him harming anyone he doesn't like in there.

    My 45-year music collection doesn't include any of his songs but I may have heard one or two on the radio.

    April 17, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Another Day in the Idiot Mines wrote:

    The silence from the GOBP is deafening.
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    Most especially Mitt Romney. Ted Nugent has put the whole Hillary Rosen thing to bed, permanently.

    April 17, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Oliver

    Besides, cat scratch fever is just smoke on the water with worse lyrics.

    April 17, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Dave R.

    ..and he's an example of Republicans?? Obama 2012!!

    April 17, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Mom to 3

    Scary! And what is even more scary is that there are plenty of Tea Party types who agree with this lunatic. President Obama has my vote and if Nugent ends up "dead or in jail" I will not be the least bit upset (unless he takes innocent people with him as violent lunatics tend to do). OBAMA 2012

    April 17, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. patiat

    The Nuge will always be the Nuge. No way I'm voting for Romney, but the Nuge is a national treasure.

    April 17, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Since Obama has taken office, what evidence is there that Obama is trying to take away guns? What has he done? What has he threatened to do? NOTHING!!! This is runaway paranoia based on nothing but paranoia.

    April 17, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Good for him and nation. Then I vote for Obama.

    April 17, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. ZP

    Obama 2012! Crazy, violent, nut jobs.

    April 17, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. marjee123

    Another has been trying to keep his name in the news. If the Secret Service was doing it's job the millionaire that said President Obama will need a bullet proof teleprompter should also be checked out and made to appear before a judge. what do you think would have happened if either of these remarks were made about Bush. the Secret Service would have desended on them in a nanosecond.

    April 17, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Is Mitt a Git?

    Ted Nugent is as irrelevant as a fart in a wind storm. He is a racist pig and a long time ago, had a pathetically ugly wife. He is just trying to quicken himself. He's an uneducated, white trash hick....go away you slob. SS guys or FBI guys, where are you on this one?

    April 17, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Susan in Arkansas

    This guy is crazy, nuts! The Republicans were all over Ms. Rosen's comments about Mrs. Romney not ever having worked, for which she apologized...and for which both President Obama and Michelle Obama called her out on her remarks. Where, pray tell, is Mr. Romney in this mess???? Why hasn't he called out Ted Nugent for these incendiary remarks??? Such a double standard!!! Any Republican who doesn't call Mr. Nugent out is a coward of the worst kind.

    April 17, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. Alan DeGolmon

    @RetiredVet said, "he left wing liberal 'sheeple' don't like what you said Ted, I guess they don't know that Obama and his crew are trying to obolish the 2nd Amendment." If a liberal musician had threatened Bush with death, the right wing conservative sheeple would have supported his execution – and you know it, because that's Nugent's message. Has Nugent been arrested, or threatened with execution? NO. Besides, what has Obama done to abolish the 2d Amendment? NOTHING. ZERO. He won't, either, because he's not a gun control advocate. Like all good conservative sheeple, you obeyed Rush Limbaugh when he lied about Obama and gun control. HE LIED. You wasted all that money when you ran out in a cowardly panic and bought all that ammo after Obama was elected. By the way, it's spelled "abolish". Let's hope the conservatives are successful in their agenda to limit the right to vote to only those people who can read and write English. I'm a liberal and I own a gun and support gun ownership rights. LIVE WITH IT, SHEEPLE.

    April 17, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. John Stockton

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

    ..hey, Teddy Bear, I know you don't have the stones, just like the rest of you loud-mouthed, small-membered, inbred idiot bigots, but if I had the choice, I'd choose the former for you...

    April 17, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. waj66

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." ...Gee Ted thank's for the offer. I was going to vote for Obama anyway, but this is a wonderful bonus.

    April 17, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Inglourious

    Who would win a crazy contest: The Nuge or Tuco from Breaking Bad?

    April 17, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. hemplover

    It's a felony to threaten to shoot someone. He should be arrested.

    April 17, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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