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. paul

    Ted Nugent.... really?? As is usual, all talk/no action. Big mouth, big guns.....small dik, small mind

    April 17, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Tim

    Nutbag celebrities come in both flavors. Alex Baldwin still lives in America. Ted Nugent will still be around when Obama wins. Why do we see these non-stories on reputable news sites?

    April 17, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    I am no fan of Mr. Nuggent, but let me first state. RIP Ted Nuggent

    April 17, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess he and Breivik can hang out together in hell: they all seem to think they are crusaders for the Right.

    April 17, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. KasichIsAFatCat

    Can I get a refund for my "Cat Scratch Fever" album?

    April 17, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Alina1

    I hope he will eat his hat and chock on it, when Obama wins.

    April 17, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    JerseyJim wrote on pages 10 and 11:

    If Mitt is to stand up and reject Ted should Obama not do the same with Bill Maher? ...
    I'm not defending Maher, but your comparison is way off base. Maher is the host of his own show. Comparing Maher to Limbaugh or Beck would be far more accuate.

    Ted Nugent was a speaker paid by the NRA to speak at their very public event. The NRA is an organization that has consistently supported conservative politicians and Republicans, including the presumptive Republican nominee.

    I would challenge you to name just one instance of a liberal supporter, making offensive remarks during a paid speech, at an event highly supportive of liberals and/or Democrats. They're out there. When you do find one, look at the condemnation that came from liberals and Democrats against the individual. Meanwhile, listen to all of the conservative crickets.

    April 17, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Kenny

    Ted is a nerd and, just like many of the NRA-types I know needs a gun to feel like a man. His threats should be taken seriously as he is desperate for attention since he has lost his musical talents and now seems quite unstable.

    April 17, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. LRRP

    If he had gone to Viet Nam and started saying "I'm gonna' kill all them draftee hippies in their foxholes" as he has been quoted, he would have been fragged within a week by his squad mates.

    April 17, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Minnesotan

    Ted Nugent isn't even a 'has-been,' but more like a 'never-was.' And now his insipid political rants are his only chance to keep in front of the media.... It's always sad to see failed musicians trying to get attention. Perhaps he'd do better if he shilled for the 'Hair Club for Men" for Romney?

    April 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Ted Nugent's behavior was reprehensible and un-American.

    April 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Out of Texas

    " If Barack Obama becomes president in November again, I will either be dead or jail by this time next year" says Nugent.
    Well Nugent, say hello to Satan when you get to hell because President Obama will be re-elected!

    April 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Max

    Makes for a better America

    It makes for a better America for people like Ted Nugent to get rid of themselves. A man like this is a Nuisance to a civilized society. I wish he could disappear now by whatever means he chooses to do so. America will be a better place to live with him gone.

    I'm serious!

    April 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Scott

    Hey, Ted,

    No one's afraid of you or impressed. Somehow cleaning America out of raving, hateful lunatics like you would do a lot more good. Border's always open going out, spud.

    April 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. SokrMom

    I think Ted Nugent ought to find himself in jail considerably sooner than this time next year.

    April 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Hingie

    You liberals are pathetic and so uninformed! Nothing like tasty backstraps.

    April 17, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. TomInRochNY

    After Gifford's shooting Nugent continues this hateful crap? Talk about vile and criminal.

    April 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    sounds like business as usual, hate filled, nazi, right wing nut job, GOP/Tea Party, conservative, family values rhetoric to me.

    April 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. mdn

    Dead OR in jail...I could live with that!

    April 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Greg

    Please do it, Ted.
    I mean, you know, please commit suicide!

    April 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Typical republican response. Silence.

    I'm sure Ann and Willard don't feel an apology is necessary because afterall, this was just a "little" thing.

    April 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Lolo

    These republican nuts are so full of hatred. They really are the KKK under cover. They hate this black president so bad only because of his color and are willing to vote for a idiot to take his place called Willard Romney. Please Mr. Nugent it is okay with the rest of America if you are willing to go to jail or kill yourself over the choice of president this election or any other election. Obviously you have a mental problem to even say such a thing, just like the rest of the right wingnuts. Wake up America, because these fools are going off of the deep end because a black president was elected. The only way we can stop these fools from ruining the country further is to vote them out.

    April 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. DRod

    Ted Nonuggets is really loosing it. It's gonna be fun to see all the whackos go really crazy in November when Obama wins by a landslide.

    April 17, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. tk

    so who gives a rat's ass-let him die!!

    April 17, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Drake

    That guy is hilarious. You can't take him seriously. As a right winger I have plenty of liberal friends who said much worse about Bush. But Ted should see no need to act like a liberal and spout foul and hateful things. Spend you money wisely – become a NRA Life member.

    April 17, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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