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. Resurrection Joe

    So our old pal Theodosious has to stoop to acting like a paranoid idiot to get media attention? As Frank Zappa once said... "SHUT UP and PLAY YER GUITAR!"

    April 17, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. dan5404

    Nugent borders on being a homicidal maniac. But, he's apparently right at home at the NRA and with the extremists in the Tea Party/Norquist gang. The NRA appently loves him, too, or they would disavow these almst treasonous remarks. Hot Tamale 24 just posted a big lie and apparently supports assassination. He said 70% of Americans agree. Actually, the Republicans are well behind in polls that measure likeability of Obama vs, Romney, confidence in lawmakers, women, minorities, people under 50, and the majority of people that are not rich.
    I am 72 and see the same radical ideas being proposed by Republicans every election, except now there are militant radicals having more influence. That's why I have never voted Republican and never will.

    April 17, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Lando

    Please keep your promise....eagerly looking forward for your early demise....may your soul find peace and solace..
    Who cares....

    April 17, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Big Jilm

    Remember the backlash against the Dixie Chicks? Well GOP? Well???????????????

    April 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Richard


    This is a typical reTHUGlican–tries to use numbers they don't come close to how Americans feel about their President. They all (rethuglicans) seem to wnat to bring us back to the 1950's. They have a rude awakening coming in November. Both houses and the White House will be Democrat.

    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 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Sandy

    For starters, anonymous, why don't you specify what you are talking about instead of ranting like you do? All your rant does is confirm what everybody on this site is already saying about the right wing nut cases.

    April 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. jasc

    the guy is living parody of the republican party

    April 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. PAW

    Nugent is the kind of person that gives the NRA a bad name. If the NRA had any class at all, it would distance itself from Nugent's remarks, cancel his membership, and make it clear that it is not in the business of brandishing guns and issuing threats. No hope of that, however. The NRA is like the Republican party. It's not what it used to be.

    April 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. lil miss

    Like his comment or not, it is his right as an American to freedom of speech. Just as it is your right. We can't pick or choose who can say what. We have to take the good and the bad. If you don't like that, then move to a country where you have no right to say anything good or bad.

    April 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Investment Advisor

    Try to take his guns away and see what happens. That is what he is talking about. I'm sure most of gun toting Americans feel the same way... so what is the revelation here?

    April 17, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Iamnotfooled

    He looks like a nut. Talk about being devisive. Romney is a coward if he hides behind this racist. The Secret Service should look into this.

    April 17, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Gloria

    I believe Ted Nugent is spewing very dangerous rhetoric. Look what happened in Arizona when another Republican put targets over a representative's face. (All it takes is a bit of innuendo for fanatical, nutjobs to act.)

    April 17, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ted is the official spokesperson for the Mittens campaign, so Mittens needs to apologize for his racist remarks.

    April 17, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Lando

    Don't forget your gun when you leave the earth...Luciper is a tough opponent....

    April 17, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. bob

    If u quarel with a fool a wise man may not see the difference ignorancy is the worst enemy to man kind we live in a civilize world where dialogue and positive opinion matters the most who ever belief in violen e is a worst citizen so lets vote the peace making govt who understand the real american problem which is the democrates

    April 17, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Iamnotfooled

    He should respond directly not thru his spokeswoman. Be a man not a coward.

    April 17, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Petrified_Republicans

    This guy should check himself into an asylum. He is borderline insane if nit there already. Can he even sing ? Never heard him and from the sounds and looks of him I don't want to.
    You been taking your anti-psychotics there Nuget ?

    April 17, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. JB Walker

    Mr. Nugent is lost his senses! I thought you went to jail for threatening the President! How many houswifes are in jail for smoking a joint! Would someone get real. Roll Hard.

    April 17, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. al in memphis

    And we want people to look at us as the leader of the free world. This is what happens when people become addicted to to politics.

    April 17, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. dawn

    someone should ask the gun toting idiot nugent why he crapped his pants so he wouldn't have to serve in vietnam.....

    April 17, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Jim Hahn

    Someone needs a lesson in math. 70%? According to most polls, it seems like more than 60% of Americans like this administration and will return it to the White House in November. Really folks? Do you actually want someone like Ted Nugent to have a voice in American politics and policy? That ought to be enough to scare the hell out of at least half of the independent voters.

    April 17, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Dan

    Hey Ted !!! WE WILL TAKE YOU UP ON YOUR OFFER–Go to Jail–thats where a moron like you belongs !!!

    April 17, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. shugee

    Wow, with supporters like anonymous and Mr wango-tango, the GOP must be feeling a bit creepy.Perhaps an endorsement from Charles Manson would help them look more mainstream.Let's just keep dialing up the weirdness people, sensible appears to be beyond the capacity of the GOP rank and file.

    April 17, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. pgc

    Inflammatory rhetoric and blatant distortions of either candidate is only starting wait until the Fall when the negative ads start flying around. It would be a great service to our country if the television stations, internet service providers, radio stations and any other social media would simply refuse to air negative ads – unfortunately they all stand to make a boat load of money from these ads right up til election day.

    April 17, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. nilla

    After the Trayvon Martin shooting, I was becoming concerned that citizens carrying legally licensed firearms may be a bit more than the general populace is mature and civil enough to handle at this point in time. Now that Mr. Nugent has assured me that they will only be used for suicides and violent crimes committed as political protest, I agree with the NRA about the value of letting private citizens own these types of weapons. Thank you, NRA, and especially Mr. Nugent, for quieting my concerns.

    April 17, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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