Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November
April 17th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
11 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. blairablair

    Mitt was NOT A DRAFT DODGER. Clinton was. Did you forget that like obama wants. Google the web and you will find all kinds of disgusting videos of the black panthers ( or what ever branch of them they are)talking their filth. Read the story again "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," How in the h*** can you say he threatened obama. obama is the one going around threatening people, even congress. I say we start legal action against obama for hate crimes against the citizens of the United States.

    April 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Howard


    April 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    Once again we see the emergence of hate and fear as the basis of Republican presidential campaigns. What ever happened to the optimistic "Morning in America" message that Reagan represented? Apparently, these days Republicans don't expect themselves to actually advocate for specific public policies but, rather, simply name-call their opponents and accuse them of things that facts simply don't support. And, specific to the agenda of the NRA, the Obama administration has neither administratively nor legislatively advocated greater limitations on gun ownership. Therefore, the ranting of one of it's board members is, at best, unwarrented and, at worst, flagrant lies.

    April 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Pat

    Ted Nugent ! The coward who was afraid to serve in Vietnam. A coward that cannot face a man without a gun in his hand. This guy can't do real hunt either. His next album should be named " Ted Nugent – An american Zero "

    April 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Dike

    This sort of racist overtone from the right in so many arena's is disgusting . . .! And the Press REFUSES to take them to task for it because they want them to come on their shows and give them the interview . . . meanwhile another 'Arizona Incident' is probably brewing 'somewhere' in this country . . . with a nut job being primed and charged up with RHETORIC LIKE THIS!!

    And THIS COMPANY CNN has been one of the most complicit in allowing this crap w/o pushback!

    April 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. jake1969

    Draft-dodging Nugent sucks, period. His music was totally lame. He apparently isn't that bright either. Nugent's biggest cause is gun rights, and Obama hasn't come close to touching gun rights. He's made it clear since his campaign in 2008 that he doesn't have plans to increase gun restrictions.

    Interesting how Obama has largely behaved like a '90s republican (no tax increases, no gun control, pro individual mandate, pro cap and trade, ...), yet yahoos like Nugent and the Tea Party call him evil??? Liberals have far more reason to be mad at Obama...

    But, the main issue is, his comments are as disgusting as they come. Basically directly calling for revolution if he doesn't get the President he wants in '12. C'mon Tea Party, do you know ANYTHING about history and how the concept of "if you don't like the democratically elected leader, seek a coup or revolt" is the same concept that kept Europe backwards for centuries and continues to stifle development and democracy throughout the developing world?

    In a democracy, our favorite candidates are goint to lose sometimes. We don't always get everything we want. Grow up and be a big boy. Knowing how to take a loss is every bit as important to a democracy as winning.

    And, did I mention his music really does suck?

    April 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. carlos

    and the mittsy s bloated head and funnnnnnnnnny walk says nothing about these comments??????? bunch of criminals....

    April 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama can change into 1984.

    April 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. barbel.graham

    that guy is crazy and he is going to get the right nut job to listen to him and go out and hurt someone or try to hurt the president there are simple minded people out there . but to tell you the truth that is what he wants to happen the hatred this guy has is beyound real . black and white are we not tired of this stuff all the hate its crazy

    April 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. CTSadler

    The Nuge has never been relevant, neither as a pundit nor a musician.

    April 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. DRod

    Ted Nugent is less relevent than clowns Palin, Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, Paul, Santorum, and Romney. He's just another attack dog whose job is to throw out red meat to people that blindly follow the Republican banner.
    Most REP crazies threaten to leave the country but this guys threatens to kill himself or get thrown in jail. I predict he'll do something stupid to go to jail for a few days so he can say, "see I told you I'd go to jail". This draft dodger that thinks he's a man because he has a gun is a coward with a big mouth. Someday he'll be put in his place.

    April 17, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. ART

    Ted Nugent is a hasbeen that never was. What a poor pathetic vile moron he is

    April 17, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Arpad

    Rock on Brother!

    April 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Jack

    Poor Ted. He's been sniffing too much gunpowder. Funny for all his gun yanking he avoided going into the service. Another hawk who sat in a easy chair during the real conflicts.

    April 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. chris Omu

    This man is about to die...because Obama is going to win in a big way

    April 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. JerseyJim

    If Mitt is to stand up and reject Ted should Obama not do the same with Bill Maher? Maybe return the $million dollar donation as well. Seems to like everyone likes play both sides of the fence on these stupid matters, meanwhile the Secret Service and GSA are partying their asses off while most of America can't afford to feed their kids or buy gas to drive to work. Lets all get real and get someone that can get us out of this mess. I can't believe Obama and Romney are the best this Country has to offer!?!?!

    April 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. WatchDawg

    @Wes...good to see you TGOP'ers out trying desperately trying to prop up Mitts numbers...meanwhile mainstream media and anything NOT associated with Faux has President Obama up by 9....sorry to crush your hopes...but keeping cutting and pasting from adds some comic relief in the

    April 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. cf

    He SHOULD be in jail for threatening to assassinate Obama and Hilary Clinton in that hate filled rant from 2008. And Romney... sits quietly and does nothing to denounce such comments.

    April 17, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Unfortunately there are about 500,000 Republicans who feel the exact same way. We need to hold the Republican Party, and their propaganda wing Fox News, accountable for fostering this level of hate and oppression.

    April 17, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Mario

    It sounds like this OLD KKK MAN is going to kill somebody. He needs to be arrested. OBAMA will Win in November, So BYE BYE you old washed goat. The NRA needs to kick him off their board. Romney love's him.

    April 17, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Bill, NY

    One more reason to wish for Obama re-election!

    April 17, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. David

    This whack-job is even more irrelevant than Newt. What a has-been. If it wasn't for the NRA, Teddy would be out of a job. And Teddy... expect the Secret Service at your door anytime... seems like you just threatened The President of the United States. Not very bright, are you...

    April 17, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Brian

    As much as I believe people shouldn't even bother to listen to someone like this, Secret Service needs to make an example out of him and the rhetoric he's using. Just a complete and utter lack of respect. I would love to see the ATF raid his house, search it from head to toe, and just see if he's on the up and up. My guess is that they can find something. Don't want to make him a martyr for his cause, but an example that if you act out, you'll get yours.

    April 17, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. OregonRC

    If there was ever a reason to vote for Obama this is it. If this vile idiot is going to "off" him self when Obama wins, count me in. Obama 2012!

    April 17, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Natalie

    This guy's as creepy as they get. Fire 'em up, Teddy, you're irrelevant. Be proud Teabaggers, he's your icon and you can have him.

    April 17, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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