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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  1. Dan

    I never liked his music or his views. Thank God he's been irrelevant for decades.

    April 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Romney is not My Hero

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

    Is he making a threat toward the President?

    April 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "I don't know why some sections of the public believe that if you were somewhat famous 20 years ago, or if you are a "reality" TV star, or if you are head of some right or left wing group of wackos that your opinion has enough validity to make a news story out of it."

    Truly...and the "section of the public" that needs to learn to stop thinking that way the most is the MSM itself.

    April 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. CrazyTed

    Gee, we only have to put up with Crazy Ted for one more year? Sounds like a great deal!

    April 17, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney is SILENT about Ted Nugent's making a hateful speech while he was endorsing him, but he was fuming with a fake outrage and condeming Hillary Rosen comments?!!!

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt...where is your BACK BONE?!!!!

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

    Captain Awesome

    Hmm, I seem to recall The New Black Panthers and Louis Farrakhan giving some equally radical speeches lately regarding violence towards whites. I don't remember reading anything about that on this blog. Oh, I get it! Nugent is a Republican. That's the difference.

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    LOL – the Black Panthers???!!! Really??? REALLY???!!! Care to post a CREDIBLE link to video backing up your claim? No? Didn't think so? As for Louis F, same thing – link please? And who exactly did they threaten? The pedophile threatened the life of the President of the United States, which BTW is a federal crime.

    April 17, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Wes Monroe

    Not to worry Ted new gallup poll today has Romney ahead of Obama 47% to 45% and among independents Romney is ahead 45% to 39%. Romney has it in the bag Ted and he's just getting warmed up.

    April 17, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Ms GOP

    Honestly... who would listen to this man..he's still trippen on an acid trip from the 70-80s. His hatred shows that his real look is under a white sheet "hoodie". As a republican, I am sick of seeing "Hate and Malice" from my "conservative, Christian" brothers and sisters. It's sad!

    April 17, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Andy NYC

    Hamsta:
    Oh really?? And I guess you just don't remember the Tea party rallies from a couple of years ago with the pictures of Obama as Hitler or a monkey? And the teabaggers carrying guns in those rallies?
    Short memory huh?

    April 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. John

    Oh and I almost forgot about his great service in Vietnam. Ooops U mean like most republicans he was a draft dodger sure he had a great excuse Like most chicken hawks do REAl TOUGH GUYs GO DEER Hunting. That should be the GOP slogan

    April 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. 1969er

    A real class act. You can't get any more un-American than this. I say to Ted and his ilk, America–love it or leave it. We'll rent a cruise ship for y'all.

    April 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. larry

    Why does CNN even cover this has been?

    April 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Sirned

    Republicans continue to get crazier and crazier... They never speak in specifics just in crass personal insults....I don't think most Republicans know exactly why they hate Obama... It's just the conservative thing to do..

    April 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Deeb

    Two simple choices dude; Start packing now and pick a cell...or make sure your plot is paid for.

    April 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. mario

    Urgent need a psy,,, this guy is absolutjy crazy, so crazy that he doesn't know himself,,,,a nuts is a nuts

    April 17, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Investment Advisor

    Obama Scratch Fever!

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

    Sounds like a threat to the President to me.....

    April 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. mauve123

    Nugent-What a freakin' nutball. It is fine if he doesn't plan to vote for President Obama in the coming Presidential election. It is Nugents right as an American to make the choice to vote for President Obama or not vote for him, however, to threaten to commit an act of violence if Nugent doesn't end up on the winning side of the election is beyond his right. Nugent may be crazy and undisciplined but even a semi retired musician does not have the right to threaten another human being with a violent act. And to encourage every other nut case out there to do violence to another human being is disgusting. Where is the outrage about this loons statement? Or is this what the GOP supports?

    April 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. cel

    I think dead is the answer, Ted, go ahead and shoot yourself, please. It'll save the taxpayers the expense of a trial and execution for hte federal crime you have just committed.

    April 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Olaf Big

    The guy looks like a rabid hamster, and shows intelligence to match. I think he needs to be leashed before he bites somebody.

    April 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Ol' Lefty

    Another reason to vote for Obama! I didn't know this has been was still around.

    April 17, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. fsulevine

    Good riddance, Ted. I do hope you take your own life. Never was a fan of yours anyway, now even much less so. What would you be in jail for if you aren't dead? Trying to assassinate the President? All I can say is, if that is the case, the world is a better place without you in it. Bring lots of deodorant for where you will probably end up... I hear its awfully hot and humid.

    April 17, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Jim

    If you think his comments are bad listen to those on HBO that Bill Maher said about Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Ann Romney on his national audience. What an ___.

    April 17, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. tee27

    Sounds like a threat toward the President to me.

    April 17, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. alfredo

    Tough talk for a draft dodger.

    April 17, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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