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

    Good Riddance !

    April 17, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. spike

    We must all listen to what over-the-hill rock stars say. Nugent, Bono and Springsteen are all geniuses and experts in politics. And Hollywood actors too. These people know what's best for us. We must obey.

    April 17, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Hap

    Ted got a problem with his mouth, it opens and words come out. He's really not smart enough to understand real issues so he's a republican. Unfortunatly he's also a parent that has brainwashed his daughters into his Michigan anti-government, shoot first, survivalist kook squad. Hope one brings a black man home someday because he's also a bigot.

    April 17, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. John

    Turd nugget dead or in prison if Obama wins now that's a great reason too vote What would the world do without that redneck one hit wonder Actually think he would like prison Be real popular w that long blond hair.

    April 17, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. ray

    what happen cnn, dont like posting the truth? these people on the right are all racists and hates that an african american is president and is living with his family in the white house.

    April 17, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Locke Ness

    So, say something that is "interpreted" as insulting working moms, particularly the wife of the GOP candidate: outrageous and every news organization has a panel discussing it. Advocate violence towards the first family, meh.

    April 17, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    Nugent. Isn't that the creamy stuff inside candy bars?

    April 17, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. cosmicsnoop

    Instead of killing yourself a hole, because you most likely will have to, I say take on an animal without a gun and let's see who wins now. Even a buck would kick your a$$ if you didn't have a gun coward.

    April 17, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Ryan

    So let me get this straight..........
    Ted Nugent can say all things disrespectful and bordeline bigotry . And yet Republicans complained about Common on Poetry Night?

    April 17, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. malcolm Spence

    another dumb redneck, St Louis was full of them this weekend.

    April 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Bob

    This man and his supporters are traitors that should be tried for treason and then executed.

    April 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. naeco

    We'll take Nugents death please...

    April 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. phenoy

    yawn...so I will be watching this guy kill himself by November then....

    April 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. mommytwice

    what a complete psycho! Sure, let's take this nutjob seriously and race to vote for Romney! Please. What a total lunatic.

    April 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. vatoloke

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

    This alone would make it worth Obama winning in November.

    April 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. naeco

    Ted Nugent is just not really very bright.

    April 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. mike proctor

    Who care what this nut case thinks!!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    dvbaker77

    really teds comments arnt so bad i felt the same way about w

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    Did you state such thoughts in front of a large crowd? Did you post such thoughts on the internet? How many times did you get a visit from the FED after posting/stating such things in public?

    April 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Holla

    Allthe ted wishes would be granted.Based on scripture of the holy bible!

    April 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Laverne

    Typical angry white man because we have a black president! Get over yourself already!

    April 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. naeco

    Then again, jail for Nugent would be fun too...

    April 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. gpk

    Nugent is a violent, racist sicko. How can the NRA even give him a minute of time. He preaches hate and violence and racism.
    Not a true American in my book.

    April 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. aalisa31

    This is a real nutcase, like most of the teareplicans..... he better keep his eye open... someone just may decide to take his a$$ out before Nov...... Am I ? ( mocking)

    April 17, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. charlesName

    Just one more that don't like that if Obama mite make him pay his fare share of taxes. O poor baby!!!!

    April 17, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Brian

    If only it were true, Ted. My prediction is Obama will win, and we will still have to put up with your idiot comments.

    April 17, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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