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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  1. Arkansas Undertaker

    WE ARE HOLDING YOU TO THAT! Crazy conservative has been idiot!

    April 17, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. NotFooledByDistractions

    Where is Mr. Romney and his repudiation of this unAmerican rhetoric flowing from one of his endorsers?

    The romneys phoney righteous indignation over the hilary rosen comments last week and their refusal to repudiate mr. nugent just shows how transparently phoney they are. There is nothing more anti-American than threatening violence against our President. Yet Mr. Romney remains silent – what a freakin' coward.

    Absolutely pathetic. The only way the spineless Willard Romney should get close to the white house is if he takes a tour. He's absolutely pathetic.

    April 17, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Jim

    I can only hope someone holds this pos white trash filth to his words. Dead would be better than in jail so his conservative nutcase governors can't pardon him. Trailer park trash filth.

    April 17, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. patch24680

    For God's sake, Ted....just shut your mouth and go away! You've been spewing venom for way too long and most normal people are tired of your garbage. You truly are what people would commonly refer to as a "Tea Party NUTJOB"!!! Go spit your venom on your NRA buddies website.....they love you there! And come November, I hope the Secret Service is all over you, because we will re-elect President Obama and there's nothing you can do about it! The GOP has revealed itself as a bunch of "tools"!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Freedom

    Ted Nugent and Dick Cheney need to go hunting together.

    April 17, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. NinetyNinePercent

    If this guy was anything but white, he would be in jail and waterboarded before he could finish his rant. Reason? Threatening the POTUS with physical harm. Just goes to show how much the nutjobs on the right can get away with.

    April 17, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. David Dennis

    WOW!!!! i used to like Ted but he has totally lost it! He is so far to the right that he is out of touch with his own fans now i regret ever going to his whiplash bash, wont waste my money again

    April 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. bj

    Ditto Ted. Come November Obambi and his regime will be running around like chickens without a head. Four and out! We take our country back In November.

    April 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Sirned

    Hate and fear sells guns... Nugent is a NRA board member....Romney called him and talked to him for an hour before Nugent on March 2 endorsed him....Since Nugents words sound like a terrorist why don't we just send him to Gitmo without due process until the war against terrorism is over. Nugent would surely be in favor of that if anyone talked like he did against a Republican....

    April 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Deej59

    I used to be a big fan, before I heard Nugent speak much. That was the 70s. In the 2000s Nugent has shown himself to be an extremist of the grossest kind. My guess is the Romney people aren't 100% thrilled to be endorsed by this psycho.

    April 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. ED FL

    Yippee looks like the Romneys have found one of their lost sons Ted Nugent.By the way the matter of who is running this election endeavor it appears that the one wearing the pants in that household appears to be Mrs Romney. Lots of males that are henpecked the major speaker of that family is the MRS.

    April 17, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Romney is not My Hero

    Why not just go ahead and put him in jail now and then let him die there?

    April 17, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    The Republicans call themselves good Christians and then go to the NRA convention and encourage gun violence. And to have someone like Nugent, so un-Christ like, so violent, so hateful, speak on their behalf, What has happened to the once-proud Republican party? Where have all the responsible Republicans gone? It is truly sad.

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

    Nugent should fit in well with the rest of the Chickenhawks in the Republican Party. Ever notice how the those most eager to go to war and love to wave guns around are the very same people who never went to war or severed in the military? Nugent, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Cheney, W. Bush, Carl Rove, McConnel, Kyle, Boener, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity....and on and on and on........

    April 17, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Brew Ha Ha

    If only all Republican supporters would make a promise to kill themselves when Obama is re-elected,
    what a great place America would be.

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

    No one will cry when Nugent kills himself. One less deluded nutcase wasting everyone elses Oxygen.

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

    Ted who?

    April 17, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Alluvial fFa someName

    This seems both to be a threat and an incitement to violence. If these clowns didn't have lethal weapons we might safely ignore them. But this does t look promising right now. I would feel better if this guy was in custody.

    April 17, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. NotFooledByDistractions


    Why would the NRA allow this guy to speak at their event?

    Have you listened to the rants of the current head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre – he's just as whacked and equally obnoxious, he's just better dressed. There's no rhetorical difference between the two. The NRA went from a respectable organization to a haven for nut cases, rubes and militia members. Dropped our membership years ago.

    April 17, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. CCB

    Once again we obseve racism, bigotry and downright hate. Yet, not a word from the Republcans and the so-called
    Christian right leaders. They are afraid that people like this singer will cut off campaign funds!

    April 17, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Blue Collar Worker

    Inbred trailer park trash.

    April 17, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. charlesName

    This is what the gop. And tea party is: buy guns and chop people's heads off.. WOW!!!

    April 17, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. blindbear

    I'd expect this sort of crap from the Republicans, but I was hoping that the NRA would be a little more rational. Is there an alternative group for SANE gun lovers?

    April 17, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Like it or not, Nugent represents the shriveling base of the GOBP cult. After the neocons, the wealthy parasites and the party elites, the only groups they can con are the low-information authoritarian followers and racists. Ted appeals to both. Seriously, these are the people the GOBP is counting on to win or steal the election.

    April 17, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Harry Baxter

    ..and where is the outrage from the GOP? Are they THAT beholden to the Radical Right, The Tea Party, and all the other tinfoil hat guys that now control their once-respectable party?
    Nugent is a looney who should thank his lucky stars that he lives (if you call what he does living) in the USA, but there is a point where you go too far, and dissent becomes treason. Keep talking, Ted. You're almost there.

    April 17, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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