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. ArtVandely

    Ted Nugent is freakin' AWESOME!!! Rock on Uncle TED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    So Madonna can film a video in which she throws a grenade at a guy wearing a Bush mask, but this is somehow unacceptable rhetoric? He threatened nobody – if you even bothered to read what was said. You crybabies need to put on your big boy pants and stop trying to make something out of nothing.

    If I had a son, he would look like Ted Nugent.

    April 17, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    Why would Mitt Romney condemn Nugent's comments when he is willing to accept any and everything said in a effort to get into the White House? It's like all other Republicans in the party. They all scream about Obama's war on Big Oil and Obama's war on women and Obama's war on Wall Street and all his other "War ons. Then when Obama makes the claim that Republicans are carrying out a war on the MIddle Class, first thing Republicans claim is that the use of the word "WAR" is unpatriotic. It was ok for them to use it but it is unpatrotic when it is used against them. What a bunch of IDIOTS.

    April 17, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. DRod

    Hingie- so you like backstraps? Go back to your Faux-noise and stay uninformed and in the dark the way Republicans want you to be.

    April 17, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. mdn

    Ted gives us two very good choices...Dead TED or Jailed TED. Its all good!

    April 17, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. John

    This is what the GOP tolerates in their party. What happened to the party of Lincoln?????

    April 17, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. RAWoD

    Dead or in jail. We'd just as soon not have to pay to keep you in jail.

    April 17, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. DRod

    I think Nonnuggets and Cain should do a duo.

    April 17, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Greg

    thinks like an animal.
    talks like an animal.
    sounds like an animal.
    now, even looks like an animal.

    April 17, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Hingie – You liberals are pathetic and so uninformed! Nothing like tasty backstraps.
    Care to enlighten us? Or do you plan on spewing more of that Faux Noise stuff you live on?

    April 17, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. jt

    I wonder how his underage ex wife feels about his comments. You know, the one where he had to pay the parents to sign her over to him. Yeah, he is a real model of morality.

    April 17, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. KG

    Regardless of whether you support Romney or Obama, comments like this threaten the country's civility. I understand freedom of speech, however, this idiot should be arrested.

    April 17, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. science101

    He's threatening the President and members of the US Govenment. That's prosecutable – Secret Service let's arrest this traitor. And by the way his guitar playing is crap.

    April 17, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Lauren Smith

    Ted Nugent...what a creep. You're making the political right and those who are members of the NRA look terrible. Hate to break it to you, Ted – I'm voting for President Obama.

    April 17, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. rs

    I bet if some rapper had said the same thing about Bush back in '04, he would have wound up in Gitmo.

    April 17, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. DRod

    A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.....President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
    I'dl ike to post this on Faux-Noise but "moderator" don't like me. Wonder why.

    April 17, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. ClarasBeau

    Oh, my... The vitriol and the anger expressed does nothing but reveal his inferiority. And, yes, that comment is intended for you posters who have it coming, too.

    April 17, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. BLKMANinAmerica

    SAD...........................1 word of advice, make sure your affairs are in order because he (President Obama) will win 2012.

    April 17, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. ReallY!!?

    Nice spin Rudy NYC but u r dead wrong and u know it. Obama accepted contributions fr Larry Schutz, Maher, Letterman, Spike Lee, etc, all of whom speak hatefil rhetoric towards women, kids, all things conservatives. Since Romney does not control the NRA – a private org., they can hire whoever they want to speak. Just like DNC can hire Maher to speak at their convention. NRA is support Romney? Maher, Letterman, Spike Lee etc supports Obama, and they use their shows/fame all the time to promote Obama. Obama says he cannot control what comes out of every Democrat mouth. Well neither can Romney.

    April 17, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Michael in Houston might want to lay down on the couch and talk to the Doc. And by the way...get some sun for crying out loud. You look like uncooked fish

    April 17, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    Come on folks.. let's get real. Ted was simply trying to get a bunch of losers fired up on what they already know is a losing proposition in Nov. The party of no, has no platform, no candidate, and no chance of winning in Nov. Just say no.

    April 17, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. SteffyJo

    I'm not far left and I'm not far right, I believe in the right to bear arms and I used to love Ted's music in the 70s–but right now I feel like asking him what it feels like when your dad is also your uncle...

    April 17, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Pander Express

    Ted you are a one hit, unhinged has been.

    April 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Frank Cardenas

    II guess the NRA is the only group that wants to hear this HAS BEEN!

    April 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "If I had a son, he would look like Ted Nugent."

    So you got your cat scratch fever from the Nuge himself? Gross. Well, at least they have good medicines and ointments for that nowadays. I hope you were at least "of age" when it happened.

    April 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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