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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  1. Don

    The voice of the new GOP arises. and nobody has the guts to control it. I'm proud to be an American with people like that

    April 18, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. dean

    Ted Nugent–still a legend in his own mind. I saw him play in '70 with the Amboy Dukes, and he was acting like whiney, grade-school brat throwing a temper tantrum then too! I'll definitely vote for Obama if Teddy Boy swears he'll keep his promise.

    April 18, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. hrdwrknjoe

    Not to worry Mr. President Obama, Justin Bieber could kick Nugent's geriactric pansy der·ri·ère.

    4 more years
    4 more years
    4 more years

    April 18, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. P Mathew

    I can appreciate Ted Nugent's music and I can appreciate his right to his own political beliefs...but a not-so-subtle threat to the president (regardless of political affiliation) is deplorable.

    Funny how a poorly-worded comment directed towards Ann Romney stirs up so much rage from the right, but a threat towards a democratic president gets no response from them.

    April 18, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. RichSF

    Oh Ted. Remember back when you were a child and your mom tried to teach you that hate and ignorance were terrible things and you should do whatever you could to overcome them?

    If you would have put the guitar down and listened, you might have learned something besides chords. Now look at you.

    April 18, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Taran wrote on page 53:

    I think Ted should have kept his opinion to himself. He did not do the GOP any good with his statement. But then again I also think the rest of the hollywood liberals should keep their irrelevant opinions to theirselves as well
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    Ted Nugent did the right thing. It's his version of transparency in government. Besides, he found a means to permanently shut down the faux outrage and indignation over the Hillary Rosen remarks.

    Mitt Romney has some denouncing to do, Reagan rule or no Reagan rule. Romney actively sought and won Ted Nugent's support. Nugent is a Romney surrogate, which is exactly why he was given the platform to speak so transparently.

    April 18, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Lauren

    Our socialist President better get used to crticism because its not going to get any better. Ted's words are more like what a liberal would say about Bush than what a conservitive would say about Obama but believe me alot of us agree with him. The difference is most conservatives do not verabalize our complete disgust with how our President has done his job.

    April 18, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Michael

    All I want to know about Ted is.. where was he doing the 8 years of the bush administration?? Why wasnt he screaming about our constitution being torn up, when it was ACTUALLY being torn up by bush and company?

    April 18, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. jaw4

    Nugent is a vile, nasty, ignorant man. I don't hold Romney responsible for Nugent at all but Mitt's GOT to be royally pissed-and he should be. One of his biggest supporters once again proves he's a raging lunatic and making the GOP look all crazy again? Nice.

    April 18, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Ardy

    You sure have my support Ted!!

    April 18, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. rlr1

    Well this only proves that Nugent is more of a coward than I imagined. He loves war and killing, but was afraid to be drafted during Vietnam (as per his own story). He doesn't need to be in jail, he should be in a mental instutation or a place for the criminally insane. I back the Presiden all that much more after these stupid outbirsts by idiots. Can one imagine if some one said on a national stage that they would kill our former President? Ed shultz's comments about cheney were vile I will agree, but I recall him threatening to kill him. Also remember Ted ole boy, Democrats also have carry permits and carry too.

    April 18, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Ted Who

    Lorettta- It's highly doubtful that you ever read one of the President's books, OR watched Ed Schultz. You are just parroting talking points heard on FOX which is evident by your out of context statement you use as an example.

    April 18, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Gary

    Ted is 100% correct

    April 18, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Keith

    Dear Republican friends,

    I'd like to offer to retroactively hold Eddy Vedder to his promise to leave the country (on the re-election of president Bush), if you'll hold Ted Nugent to his promise to "be dead" when Obama is re-elected. Consider this "win-win".

    April 18, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. outoftouch

    Our constitution has been under assault since the beginning of it – we, the american people, stopped caring a long time ago. When was the last time people cared about the vote, and if it would actually make any difference? We know that what Clinton, Bush, Obama, and whoever is next in line, has and will do, is part of a larger overall plan. If I knew what this plan was, I would be trying to tell everyone that would listen to me, but I don't know what the plan is, I am only very concerned about the future.

    April 18, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Andrew

    Um.. why isn't Mr. Nugent arrested? Last time I checked, a direct threat to the office of the President was illegal.

    April 18, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Eyes Wide Open

    Ted Nugent was a great party-rocker guitarist. How that qualifies him as an expert in economics & civil rights I can't quite grasp. "Dead or in jail"? Can you imagine if anyone said that about Dubba or Cheney? That guy would be in Gitmo without warrant or trial in a heartbeat!

    April 18, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. rickp530

    Another rich one that will benefit if the Republicans win.

    April 18, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Paul

    And how is this 2nd rate has -been musician relevant? Really, Nugent is off his rocker and a JoeSchmoe making these statements would have a visit by secret service agents and the fbi and be prosecuted....and rightly so. These flag waving , only in the good ole USA idiots of the NRA seem to forget something. Our President was elected by the people and unfortunately for them, he will be again because of non-sense spewed forth by right wing-dings. No facts, no truth .....just like what we got from Bush. Sorry , you had your turn guys and sc***wed this nation into debt with wars and lies. and you think romney is the answer? pathetic. just pathetic. This guy does not care about most Americans....HE SAID IT...what more do we have to say? Nothing! Game over. Nominate him and it is an Obama victory ...not even a contest.

    April 18, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Borat

    Anyone else makiang this kind of threat would have the Secret Service at their door in 5 minutes.

    April 18, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Dont Believe the Liberal Media!!!

    April 18, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Brownstain

    Anyone else makiang this kind of threat would have the FBI at their door in 5 minutes.

    April 18, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Lili

    Lauren, Pres. Bush was never subjected to the blatant racism and ignorance that the POTUS is being subjected too! WHere have you been or may be you weren't paying attentino during Pres. Bush's tenure or previous presidents for that matter!

    Blacks and Browns can run this country, too! Get over it and your life will be much more ful-filling and purposeful!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 18, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Larry L

    @Lauren

    "Our socialist President better get used to crticism because its not going to get any better. Ted's words are more like what a liberal would say about Bush than what a conservitive would say about Obama but believe me alot of us agree with him. The difference is most conservatives do not verabalize our complete disgust with how our President has done his job."
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    I'll bet this person considers herself a Christian. Hate and bigotry are powerful – more powerful than faith in some situations.

    April 18, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. shoegazer

    Lousy musician,lousy music,lousy human being.......hey,he's three for three.

    April 18, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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