Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November
April 17th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
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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. Anthony78

    Republican version of PATRIOTISM

    Just so we're clear, here are some simple facts...

    1) Ted publicly threatened to behead both President Obama and Hillary Clinton (TERRORISM)
    2) Ted threatened to lead a revolution against the government (TREASON)
    3) Mitt Romney sought Ted's endorsement (palling around with terrorists)
    4) Ted crapped his pants to avoid Vietnam War. (DRAFT DODGING COWARD)
    5) Not a single one of Mitt's healthy sons volunteered to fight in 2 of America's longest wars. (COWARDSx5)
    6) and Republicans bashed the President for not wearing a flag pin....

    Obama '12

    April 17, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Jones

    Proving once again why Ted Nugent has and never was relavent. His rhetoric doesn't match the facts.And his "chop of their heads" comment sounds like KKK talk. And the Tea Party movement isn't based on racism? Yeah right. He's borderline on saying that Obama should be assassinated.

    April 17, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. Easy-Pushover

    The New Black Panthers, Bill Maher, etc .. got a pass. Why not Ted?

    April 17, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Investment Advisor

    I saw the video. He is speaking metaphorically. "We are Braveheart....We need to go into the battlefield and chop their heads off" Get real people! Quit being so artificially insulted. If you saw the video, regardless where your political bent lies, and you can't decipher what he is talking about, you deserve Debbie Wasserman as your "go-to" gal.

    April 17, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. garc

    Don't associate this dude with rock. Ick, yeck, blecccchhhhh. What has he even put out of note anytime recently? Wasn't rock once about more than one race, and everybody–including the poor and the middle class–kind of getting together and having a good time? Not just people with elevators for their CARS?! This guy is so nuts he makes sarah palin look reasonable and bookish.

    April 17, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. DonJuan1943

    Nugent is a circus performer. He is not a philosopher, a comedian, an actor, a politician, or a man of God. He is a circus performer. What has Nugent ever done for this country? What are his credentials for advising people on life's issues? Nugent is a circuls performer in The Circus of Hate. He knows how to plug a guitar into an electrical outlet and make noises. ...a real American hero. Thanks for all you do for us Ted!

    April 17, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Benn

    Dead is fine with me: him and his music sucks…

    April 17, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Andy

    Yay! This is perfect. Keep fanning the flames and enraging the populace. This really will be better for the country in the long term. The system we have now is a complete failure. The path we are on is leading inevitably to destruction. No ifs ands or buts about it. The sooner we devolve into anarchy and civil war, the sooner we can build a new system, hopefully a better system, from the ashes.

    "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
    resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
    –Thomas Jefferson

    April 17, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Bob

    What an idiot... Really demeans the meaning of the NRA and patriotism

    April 17, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Shannon

    Really Republicans, what is wrong with you! What a vile group of people you are, it must be all those family values you preach!

    April 17, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. Doug

    And that is why this goober is a country music singer. Go back to singing about "drinking Christmas dinner alone".

    April 17, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. truthbagger

    I promoted Nuegent from 1970 to 1980. He is insane! He is also a Pedifile!
    Hundreds of roadies know this and called him "Uncle Ted", because they would find him in the equipment truck, limo, band house or closet with some under aged girl 15, 16 the younger the better, he never asked.
    He should be dead or in jail! He once let a real arrow go inside an auditorium shattering a glass chandelier and covering the audience in glass. He could have blinded someone. He's done so much speed in his life that nobody should take him seriously! He's also a punk and couldn't fight his way out of a 8th grade gym class. His fixation on guns is to support his feelings of inferiority and his drug overdose history has effected his mind and his fears! Obama's not taking anybodys guns, but somebody should take Ted's away and lock him up!

    April 17, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Shannon

    Where are the demands for an apology, this man is a private citizen just like Hilliary Rosen. Mitt Romney needs to immediately come out and denouce these comments, or take personal responsibility for these words. If President Obama is responsible for the words of every Democrat out there, than Mitt is responsible for these vile words.

    April 17, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Jeez Louise

    Poor Theodore's got cat-scatch fever. Does anyone really care what this guy thinks? A third-rate rocker and a cut-rate political philosopher (and I'm being generous). We could have a record burning, but we'd be hard pressed to find anyone who still owns them. Let's just forget this ever happened and he can slink off to his Michigan bunker to await his apocalypse.

    April 17, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. alan

    What a whack job. This is the perfect reason why people shouldn't do drugs. Remember the commercial about drug use that showed a hot frying pan and the narrator said, "this is your brain." Then they place an egg into the frying pan and the announcer said, "this is your brain on drugs." Nuff said.

    April 17, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. kyactivist

    oh Ted Nugent, you're about as relevant politically as Hollywood liberals like to pretend they are. Go crawl back under your rock and stay there, no one cares about you

    April 17, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. Red

    This guy is such a phony. Talks tough but I bet if the stuff hits the fan he'd be cowering under the bed. I'm more impressed he survived the drug fueled days of his part.

    April 17, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Max Powers

    Nugent is all talk. He's not the kind of guy that will ever do anything. He's a weakling dedicated to talking tough. Like the whole teaparty. Whiny babies that talk talk talk. I'm going to guess that Nugent will still be whining at this time next year.

    April 17, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Jaime

    Amazing! Where do some of these folks get this stuff: "turn you to communism" most people don't even know what that means in the real world not imagined fantasy, crazy. 'obolish' the second amendment, how crazy is that?, like we elect a dictator who rules by fiat? Remember folks we have a Congress that makes the legislation the President can either accept or reject. He cannot dictate to Congress, only propose and then Congress takes charge to do it .... or not – and the President can accept or reject. I just seems that so much on the far right gets more and more ridiculous.

    April 17, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Dean

    Ted,
    You weren't bad musically in the 60's and 70's. RIP

    April 17, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. jellylee2020

    Promises promises! GOP And Tea Party are filled with people that are full of hot airs but no actions. I hope he keeps his words that by this time next year he'll either be dead or in jail. Either way, the world will have 1 less evil ignorant belligerent gun toting idiot around.

    April 17, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. NameCatmandew

    An educated man, I guess I must've missed our country held hostage by Ted Nugent or anyone else except maybe the wingnuts in office. You realize it is a free country. Wait I forgot anything bad about our useless president is racist,or maybe hatred. Fact he has failed at the job. Your just jealous because you don't have the kahones to stand up for yourself.they educated them outta ya.

    April 17, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. EyeforandEye

    Seriously, this is supposed to help Romney?? With statements like that, Obama will pick up endorsements...this is not an advertisement for electing Romney, but scaring sane people away.

    April 17, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Lisa

    I have never seen so much hate in my entire life, Im so sick of it, All the republicans have done since Obama has been elected , is to spew hate, and not done anything to get our country back to what it could be, They continue to vote against him and they haqve shown there colors, The Republicians have spent 4 years working against Obama, is why nothing is getting better faster , Why cause they will do anythong to fight him and pass nothing, he wants. then blame Obama for not keeping to his promises , and just how do you change when you have another party fighting against you? well The people of this country are tired of the republicans playing there nasty politivcs and how soom all forget what The Shurb/ Bush did and how can anyone forget that idiot He put this country in this mess, and it will take another republican to distroy it and if you put another republican in the white house, this end will just come faster. People will bolt and we will have another uprising in this country , this country has nevrt seen. Ande dont sit there thinking it will not happen you see what is going on in other countrys prople fighting to take over there governments?Well gueess what that is going to happen here, People are tired of it and the only way to rid this country is to do whaqt our country did to form it aqnd that is to have a war right here among eachother

    April 17, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Ron

    Gonna vote for President Obama for sure now. I can think of nothing better than a world without ted. Good riddance to the washed up has been rocker.

    April 17, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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