February 21st, 2014
12:04 PM ET
7 months ago

Nugent apologizes for using term 'subhuman mongrel'

Updated 1:03 p.m.

(CNN) - Conservative activist and rocker Ted Nugent apologized Friday for using the term "subhuman mongrel" to describe President Barack Obama.

"I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself," he said in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, who's also a CNN political commentator.

Texas attorney general Greg Abbott, the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee this year, came under heavy criticism from Democrats this week for campaigning with Nugent, who's known for making outlandish comments about the President.

Watch Ted Nugent on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Monday night starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Nugent said he apologizes "for using the streetfighter terminology of 'subhuman mongrel' instead of just using more understandable language, such as 'violator of his oath to the Constitution'."

In his apology, Nugent appeared to regret more the fact that his language has been tied to Republican politicians from his state, such as Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Ted Cruz.

"I apologize for using the term," he said. "I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I'm learning from in the world of politics."

Later on in the interview–after some people on Twitter argued Nugent's comments weren't a real apology–Ferguson asked Nugent if he was directly apologizing to the President for the comments.

"Yes," Nugent replied.

While Perry and Cruz both said they found Nugent's original comment inappropriate, they didn't rule out campaigning with him.

Sen. Rand Paul, however, made headlines when he called on Nugent to apologize Thursday night.

"Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize," the Kentucky Republican tweeted.

Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Thursday in an interview "The Situation Room" about Nugent, Perry said "The idea that Ted Nugent has said something that's outrageous shouldn't surprise anybody."

Perry, who's considering a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination, added that Nugent "shouldn't have said something like that about the President of the United States."

And Cruz distanced himself with what Nugent said in an exclusive interview Wednesday with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

"Those sentiments there, of course, I don't agree with them. You've never heard me say such a thing and nor would I," Cruz said.

But the GOP senator, who's also entertaining a 2016 run, embraced Nugent's outspoken stance in support of the Second Amendment.

"I will note, there are reasons Ted Nugent - people listen to him, which is that he has been fighting passionately for Second Amendment rights. And - and this administration has demonstrated an incredible hostility to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens," Cruz said.


Filed under: Greg Abbott • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • Ted Cruz
soundoff (673 Responses)
  1. keith

    What a Boob !!! And Racist,,,

    February 21, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "2nd Amendment rights exist for one reason: To enable the citizenry with the ability to fight against their own nation's army, should the need arise. "

    Funny how that's not what the cases say.

    February 21, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Desmond Jones

    Who's Ted Nugent?

    February 21, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. mmletts

    Why does anyone care about anything Ted Nugent has to say? A washed up, former C-rate "rocker" who will pimp himself out in any way possible. Go play that masterpiece "Cat Scratch Fever" one more time Ted...

    February 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. tara

    A) How do you get worse than subhuman? I'm pretty sure saying another person isn't a human being is as far down as you can go.

    B) Break the trend of all conservatives and provide an example. To compare, calling someone subhuman "or worse."

    Bill Cassara

    Liberals make comments like this about conservatives every day, and said much worse about George W. Bush. Nary a peep from CNN.

    February 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Ken

    I thought his comment was funny and spot-on. Our "president" is no leader.

    February 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. SI67

    Ted Who?

    February 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. PM Ohio

    ...and the GOP criticized Clinton for saying he didn't inhale. This low IQ druggie is now one of the rising stars of the GOP...hahahahaha. This guy was doing drugs and writing songs against our Government and avoided serving during 'Nam. Now, the GOP needs him, hahahahahaha. Just when you though the clown car was full, they find room for more idiots hahahahaha.

    February 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Polijukie

    Draft-dodging, misogynistic, child predictor is who Abbot is running with?

    February 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Zac

    Well, at least he's honest.

    February 21, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Hogan's Goat

    " why not a stronger repudiation of Nugent's name-calling? Makes conservatives really seem like closet racists."

    You know what they say: if the dookey shoe fits, wear it and leave stinky tracks. If they can't scrape people like this off the GOP shoe, they are doomed.

    February 21, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Chad

    Well then you don't want to hear what I have to say about the president

    February 21, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Juan23Four

    Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Thursday in an interview "The Situation Room" about Nugent, longtime Perry said "...

    What exactly is a longtime Perry?

    February 21, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    Except there is nothing Al could ever call a white person that's as offensive as subhuman mongrel. That is a racist term.

    Give up trying to prove false equivalence. It might work had whites EVER been oppressed by blacks or any other minorities.

    If only this world could flip upside down for a year.......

    February 21, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. dadof2girls

    I'd be more offended if I were Perry or Cruz. To be seen as great by Ted Nugent is certainly no feather in your cap.

    February 21, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. PeriSoft

    I'm really not sure it counts as an apology when you apologize for the effect your language has on your friends, but specifically exclude the person you were actually insulting.

    I mean, if a kid in school stole another kid's lunch money, and then said, "I apologize to my friends whose reputations I harmed, but not necessarily to the kid whose money I took", I really doubt that would cut much ice with his teachers or parents...

    Unfortunately, there's nobody around to ground Mr. Nugent so he can think about what he's done – a sensation which would no doubt be novel for him.

    February 21, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Untermenschen" and "mischling"...both words that were deeply part of the Nazi lexicon as a result of their use in Mein Kampf. I think Nugent's idea of the "Good Book" has been revealed.

    February 21, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Steve Kaplan

    OMG what a jerk! He's a disgrace to the human race!

    February 21, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. just asking

    Mopery
    2nd Amendment rights exist for one reason: To enable the citizenry with the ability to fight against their own nation's army, should the need arise. The NRA needs to push for legalization of fully automatic rifles, SAM missiles, rocket artillery, grenades, mortars, all the stuff we'd need to actually stand a chance against the real military. As we stand now, no amount of semi-automatic weapons will matter when the government can just drone-strike us into oblivion, so what's the point?
    --

    if you're concerned with 'your governemnt' drone striking you, is it really 'your government'??? btw, iran grabbed a drone by taking over the communications with it. drones are not infallible and undefeatable. a very cheap, simple method of defeating them might be smaller drones that fly into their engine intakes.

    February 21, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. flecka

    Ted Nugent, that really isn't an apology you offered–just more of the same back handed spew again.

    February 21, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. my10cents

    Ted's real apology should have been "I'm so sorry that I'm a washed up, has been, draft dodging, caged animal killer, with a serious gun fetish who is just looking for any attention I can get".

    February 21, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Robert Bell

    Oh, he apologized. It's all OK then....

    This is the same guy who said he wanted to machine-gun the president and make Hillary "suck on his machine gun".

    That little tirade got him a visit from the Secret Service.

    What is Nugat made about anyway? bad hair? Poor choice of hat?

    February 21, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. YabaDabaDoob

    Why is nugent still talked about? The guy only does all this stuff and makes a scene so he can sell his crappy antigovernment books to sheeps that follow him. He is like alex jones nutcase, he makes crap up nobody can disprove because its like asking someone to prove unicorns dont exist, just because alex jones says unicorns are a conspiracy from space.... people like this should simply be ignored, nobody really cares, they come and make fun of the fool, while the 1 percent who are racist will follow and buy his lame book. He is the white version of that racist Al Sharpton, basically

    February 21, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. it's_all_good

    Sorry, your "apology" is only to further yourself, as you said, you didn't apologize to President Obama, you only apologized to those who will from now on be afraid to appear on stage with the likes of you. And of course, you've got to be in the limelight so you can't possibly not stand on that stage with them – right? Well, you don't owe them an apology, you owe the apology to the POTUS, you're still a little boy in pooped pants, just disgusting.

    February 21, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Steve miller

    Now let's get apologies from liberal name-calling of Quayle, Bush, Cheney, Christie, and hundreds of other conservatives.
    --------–
    Apologies? From whom? Name the politician or liberal, and what was you think that they have said.
    -----
    2 right off the top of my head would be Arianna Huffington and Jeanine Garafalo.

    February 21, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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