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. Brianna

    CRACK IS WACK! and it is obvious he is on it.

    April 17, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Bob Loblaw

    Agenda of article... Show this wild and polarizing figure, attach him to Mitt Romney, make people associate Romney's campaign with crazy, and force Romney to denounce this person's rhetoric. Denouncing this person's rhetoric is good, but unnecessary. If you required the nominees (on either side) to denounce all the crazies, all they'll be doing is denouncing. Not to mention giving increased attention to the crazies. How about you stop writing pointless articles?!

    April 17, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    The Secret Service must investigate this NRA terrorist! The GOP/Tea Party leaders in the House and Senate have an obligation to denounce this lunatic.

    April 17, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. AceRyder

    Even though I'm on Nugents political side, there is no question that he is crazy as a loon.

    Am I being moderated or are all comments "awaiting moderation?"

    April 17, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Two Thumbs Down

    He'd be more at home in Iran.

    April 17, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. HercNYC

    Bye, and good riddance

    April 17, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. blindbear

    Nugent's making our point. Look at all the benefits we'll reap if we re-elect Obama. Based on current numbers, the only people voting REPUG will be older, angry white men (straight, of course)

    April 17, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Ralph Marlow

    Ted is exactly the person that should not be allowed to have so much as a BB gun. He's insecure, thats why he acts the way he does. He needs to get mental help, maybe he could get Martin Sheens doctor.

    April 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Sue

    Romney must be so proud to have such a whack-job supporting him in his quest for the presidency! As I read through people's comments I can't help but notice that most responses from the right are obnoxious, violent, and hateful. On the other hand, most (but not all) from the left are more benign and humorous. It says something about the quality and intelligence (or lack thereof in one case) of the 2 parties!

    April 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. timsaxm

    I thought he was a Canadian. Now he's a rocker that should be put in a rocker!

    April 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Ask him if he like the upper or lower bunk I am sure we will have a plenty of cell waiting for him

    April 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Jason

    Ill help to make sure Nugent is either dead or in jail by next year....

    April 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. struckanerve9

    Dead or in jail, Nuge? Either one is fine with me.

    April 17, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. lvinusa

    If Ted Nugent is really the best celebrity the GOP can get...

    Obama 2012

    April 17, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. the Situation

    So this is who the Repubs attracts. They love about love of country but these loonys have no love. Then need to be locked up!

    April 17, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. djdjdjs

    After Obama win's, nugget will be shown for the liar, redneck loser he is.

    April 17, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. tolajn

    Clearly he is suffering from "Cat Scratch Fever". The song was rediculous in the 1970's as is the singer today! If the conservative right new half of the garbage he spewed in his heyday they would back away from using him as an entertainer poster child.

    April 17, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. BG

    You are a Wack Job Ted. Should have stayed with music. I can't even listen to that anymore. I love my guns, but I hate radical idiots more. If you are going to be dead, don't take anyone with you! GO ALONE.

    April 17, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. TAK

    Independent voters take note. These are the kind of people that support the GOP. Which side of history do you want to be on?

    April 17, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Where are the poutraged righties to denounce Nugent's words? Certainly he deserves the "Rosen Treatment". After all, what Ted said was a hundred times worse than anything Rosen said.

    April 17, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. fred

    Nugent is a washed-up, complete nut case. Anybody who listens to him should see a mentla health specialist.

    April 17, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. b

    take your meds ted, we will take care of it in november

    April 17, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Len Smith

    What kind of drugs was this person using? What he said is his freedom to say, but he doesn't seem to have any responsiblity for what he is saying. Angry, hateful people like this should be investigated. He should not be allowed to have a weapon of any kind. He is one really nutty person.

    April 17, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. GordonM

    Why would the NRA allow this guy to speak at their event? Where are sane NRA members, or Republicans for that matter? I know they exists, some are my friends. Usually you put the crazies out of site, not out in front. Obama may not be doing all I want but no way in hell is this current Republican Party getting my vote until the normal ones decide to take back their party and be adults living in the current decade.

    April 17, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Steve

    He talks big. Obama is going to win. Let's see if he puts his gun where his mouth is. It is people like Nugent, with low IQ's and a willingness to listen to fear and hate speech from conservaitve news outlets that make me embarrassed to be an American. Nugent wants to kill himself if Obama wins. Really? Does anyone really care? The nut jobs, even the marginally-talented one-hit wonders like Nugent are coming out of the woodwork.

    April 17, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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