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. Ricardo

    By now he must start killing himself because Obama gonna win in november

    April 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Thorne

    Oh Shut Up Ted.
    You just gave me added incentive to vote for Obama... I hate being coerced.

    April 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Actually Ted. Spare us the posturing. Just end it now so we can be rid of you.....buh bye

    April 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. JC in SC

    I saw a preview of a TV show the other day where these guys are so in love with their cars that they make love to them. I think Nugent must be in a similar type of relationship with his gun.

    April 17, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Old-Skool Conservative

    Wow! What a nut job!

    April 17, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. The_Esposito_Himself

    Reblogged this on theesposito.

    April 17, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Joan

    When the Dixie Chicks made one off- the- cuff remark about Bush when he was beginning his illegal war for oil in Iraq, they were blackballed by Country radio, had death threats, their records smashed and their career was pretty much ruined. It is a shame because they are one of the most talented country acts ever. Actually it wasn't long until most of the world agreed with the Dixie Chicks. So now this cowboy can say anything crude and insulting he wants about the President and it's suddenly OK. Hank Williams Jr. can compare the President to Hitler and he gets praised at country award shows. What a bunch of hypocrites. Since the President has the backing of such intelligent people such as George Clooney,Oprah, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Bill Cosby, Bruce Springsteen, Ron Howard, Steven King, Aretha Franklin, George Lucas, Barbara Streishand, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and the list goes on and on, I guess this loudmouth should just be ignored. He certainly lacks their intelligence and class. He and people like Hank Williams Jr. are very poor representatives for the Republicans.

    April 17, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Bob in Ohio

    Mr. Nugent is obviously a very, very sick individual and needs serious help before he hurts either himself or someone else.

    April 17, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Really obvious points and questions

    Ted Nugent...Who?

    April 17, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. donato

    Certainly I sometimes wonder where in the world is America that great nation where peoples would disagree and still has respect for the other part this great nation morality is at all time low. I do not intend to make any excuses for the democrats however the level of respect offered by them to then president Bush it was five times that the respect offered to our duly elected president Obama. The republican party have to be careful with their political rhetoric wish do not help by mean.

    April 17, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Just.Another.Day

    How low are you willing to go? They have called this President every name possible. But wait there are still some names out there that they haven’t remember to call him yet. This is the end my people. Jesus is about to make his return. Lawless is about to completely take place on this Earth. Can you feel it or either see it. People are blind to the truth. Many are down here trying to grain power on this varnishing Earth and losing their souls at the same time. People there was a timeline put in place back in two thousand and three. But some are so blind and all they want to gain is power here on Earth. There was a word that the Sprit gave me so I will pass it on to you. I hope you absorb and meditate upon it. The Sprit gave me the word “Examine.”. The definition of this word is “to inspect or study somebody or something in detail” or to analyze something in order to understand or expose it” -- you need to examine your heart and be really sure that you would be going to Heaven. Many lips and tongues are saying “I’m Christian” just because it sounds good. However you need to step back and truly examine your mind and your heart. This President has been called so many things that I will not repeat. This President has been so disrespected than any other President. No one owns this so call White House. People look around; your houses are here today and go today. The sprit is moving swiftly upon us. The timeline had been set – for some who minds are clear and focus might want to go to youtube.com (prophet ruth revelation)

    April 17, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Dean

    Thanks Ted, for telling it like it is. I agree with you 100%. This president makes me sick to my stomach.

    April 17, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Tom in Illinois

    $4.00+ dollar gas, high unemployment, run away national debt. Just three of the many reasons to vote Obama out next time. Our President has lost a lot of respect from our citizens and other countries.

    Its time for a professional and proven leader to take charge and try to clean up the mess we now have after three years of amateur leadership. Hopefully there will be a lot less people make the same mistake they made in 2008 when they vote in November.

    April 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    If you're expecting some critical remarks from a Republican or a conservative, don't get your hopes up. Some people might think that Republicans and conservatives are stupid, but they are not crazy enough to get this gun-totin' firebrand all up in a huff mad at them. Would you?

    April 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    RE: "I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year" – either is fine...

    April 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. asdf

    Does Nugent know how to speak in complete sentences?

    April 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Mike

    This is not news

    April 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Dave

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

    Hopefully, dead.

    April 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. JWR

    Ted Nugent? I thought he was already dead!

    April 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Chandra

    Is Ted a Tabby Nackle??

    April 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. kate

    OBAMA 2012 Clinton 2016!

    April 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Bolaji09

    We care about this oaf's paranoid rant because at least one respondent in this forum comes down on his side! Jared Loughner went on to commit the dastardly act against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on account of the utterances and actions of the tea party crazies – from AK to AZ. THAT, my friends, is why we care about this blustering buffoon's ridiculous rant. Tag him and keep an eye on him!

    April 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Fielding Mellish

    Why would you even print crap like this?

    April 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. bluedogboy

    Secret service needs to pay a visit to Ted.

    April 17, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Really obvious points and questions

    I'd say I was pretty confident the Secret Service could handle this wannabe "threat" to the President, but well, of late they've been concerned about only the threats of STDs and illegitimate kids bred during security detail forward missions.

    April 17, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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