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. Kevin

    Throw him in prison. Lord knows that any Democrat who talked about Bush like this would've had a lifetime pass to Gitmo.

    April 17, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. meaz23

    I hope the secret service takes him out with extreme predjudice as he has self acknowledged that he is a threat to the President's safety.

    April 17, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. james - St. Paul, MN

    Mr.Nugent continues to show that he hates more than he thinks. Frankly, the NRA deserves a more thoughtful and articulate spokesman--somebody far more intelligent than this little spiteful and hateful man.

    April 17, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Maggie

    Perhaps some meds are in order. Seems these days that right = nutjob, what's happening?

    April 17, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. dakster

    Either dead or in jail......either one is fine with me.

    April 17, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. mlynn

    Pathetic washed up rocker seeking attention.

    April 17, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Heywood Jablome

    Jail or Death. Doesn't matter given that he hasn't been relevant in decades. Kind of like Charlie Chaplin raving about Jimmy Carter. I'm comforted just by the fact that he lives every day in a unmedicated rage.

    April 17, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. sam

    Ted Nugent is an idiot, and his music sucks. But why does anyone care what this clown thinks?

    April 17, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. NYbywayofTexas

    Really??? Okay then, prepare the jail and call the coroner. You have just nailed your own coffin. This is beyond radicalization. This is full blown insanity. Ted Negent need to locked away in an insane assylum. So it's okay to threaten the POTUS because you don't agree with his views? He needs to be investigated by the CIA and the FBI. These threats should go uninvestigated. And this is suppose to encourage my support? This sounds like a threat and last resort. Be careful Ted, you surely reap what you sow.

    April 17, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Andybflo

    Can anyone tell me the last time Ted Nugent was relevant? Especially in relation to politics, let alone music?

    Go back to the woods; shoot your food, and leave the rest of the sane country alone. He'll win again, even without the redneck vote, mostly because the right can't produce a coherent, intelligent, common candidate that the majority of America can back.

    Enjoy the next four years, and keep it up, Ted. I love watching you pretend to be important every couple of years.

    April 17, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Fred

    I don't know why anyone is surprised at this. Media has done nothing but encourage the increasingly outrageous reaction and confrontation seen more and more in today's society. If you have any doubts about this, look at the "headline articles" on most news websites... only the most inflamatory articles make the most headlines. Also look at pop culture today where television "reality" shows are the norm. Is any of it actually reality? When a network says "hey, folks want to be entertained" am I the only one that sees more rude and inflammatory behavior by these "reality stars"? I guess that's the new entertainment.

    I'm not surprised at all...

    April 17, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. ChristoInferno

    Making up statistics doesn't help, Ho.

    And PS, nobody "allowed" anybody to put a bounty on Zimmerman. It's against the law to do so, and the only reason nobody has been arrested for it is because it was done anonymously.

    Please stay in school.

    He's only saying what is in the minds of 70% of all AMERICANS!!!!!
    Compare this to the bl a ck panthers allowed to put a bounty on the innocent Florida Zimmerman.
    AMERICA WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Dot

    This is the face of the GOP – what is even worse is these kinds of remarks do nothing to further their cause – it just makes
    them all look like they are OFF THEIR ROCKERS.-with a few cogs loose.

    April 17, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. DIANA

    Now I have another reason to vote for our President. Who really cares what this has been nutjob really thinks anyway. What I really want to see is all the people who listen to his music, (if there's still any around) burn their CD's just like they did with the Dixie Chicks when they said something about Bush.

    Hey Mittens are you going to condemn this man like our President did with Hillary Rosen who said Ann never worked a day in her life, (even though I agree with her).

    April 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Willie James

    Ted Nugent is an embarrassment to himself and his country.

    April 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Elmer Fudd

    Be very very quiet.
    Im hunting wabbits.....huh huh huh huh.......

    April 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. chill

    Another good reason to vote for the President.

    April 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. George

    I'm looking forward to Obama's re-election and to Nugent's exposure as a phoney who has no plans to kill himself, although I wouldn't shed a tear for him. Ted, say hello to your hero, Adolf Hitler, in hell.

    April 17, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. nilla

    First the ridiculous Obama impersonator, now this. Each are examples of free speech without responsibility. The GOP just doesn't seem to grasp the notion of "there's a time and a place".

    April 17, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Some Guy

    Don't be so hard on Ted. He's just mad that Obama sings better than he does.

    April 17, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. George

    Please, let me be the one who shoots you, you dried up gas bag.

    April 17, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Ben

    I hope Nugent keeps his promise for next year and either dies or goes to jail. Would be great to have one more heavily-armed and ignorant lunatic off the streets.

    April 17, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. George

    Ted, promise me you'll take GWB and Chuck Norris with you.

    April 17, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Sorensen

    This slimeball is the true face of the NRA. Romney, are you sure you want to continue to sign up with them??

    April 17, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. buxaroo

    The face of the modern Republican Party. Sad that they went from Lincoln to this. Can't wait for November to come and go and see Obama get his 2nd term and hopefully we can kick out a few tea baggers as well from congress so the president can actually get something done. Fact is the president can't get legislation passed because of Republican obstructionist strategy to so NO to everything Obama brings to the table. They are anti-American but going AGAINST the majority who put Obama there in the first place. Bush didn't get the majority of votes, only delegates, stupid people forget that. But did democrats threaten death and war because of it? No, because we have this thing that makes us human, it's called intelligence and sympathy. Something these troglodytes don't have at all.

    April 17, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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