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. Derrick

    Somebody ought to throw this treasonous moron into the prison at Guantanamo Bay with all the other terrorists.

    April 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Howard

    We have another reason now to vote for Obama.

    April 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. rosethornne

    Die, then.

    April 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Peter Osterhaus

    Oh thank God. I can't wait for this hilbilly to be dead. I hope he keeps his word come November. Right wingers do right wing things.

    April 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Lori

    I think it is absolutely disgusting. I cannot believe that people are so silent on this hate. Watch your backs on voting day, someone is going to heed Ted Nuggent's word and actually hurt someone exercising their right.

    April 17, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Woody

    Note to Ted;

    Dear Ted, if you could extracate your inflated head from inbetween the loins of Rush Limbaugh, you may be able to smell the putrification comming from your own a*s.

    April 17, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Politically Exhausted

    Now I know it's the vacuum under that hat that keeps it on his head.

    April 17, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Ron Holliday

    Sorry i every bought any of his records (yes, RECORDS..he is old!)

    April 17, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. CGBaron

    I think Ted has been smoking the crack pipe again.

    April 17, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Don Jones

    Nugent isn't just offensive to Americans, he's really offensive to musicians. If I were his guitar teacher, I would enter the witness protection program.

    April 17, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. bcm

    So, where is the outrage from the GOP? Romney's spokesperson hardly expressed "outrage." We can only hope that this moron goes through with his dead or in jail comment. I cannot believe the incredible hypocracy by this GOP party. They were outraged by Hilary Rosen's comment (which was true, by the way) yet this idiot is basically suggesting violence (off with their heads) and not one single individual from the GOP has commented.

    April 17, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. lisasc

    We have two candidates who are well educated and intelligent. They have very different views on how to bring this country back to prosperity. The president and Mitt Romney both have intelligent articulate wives and beautiful families. They deserve our respect and so do their families.

    April 17, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. bbrooker

    Ted's statements make it extremely easy for me to happily donate to the Obama 2012 campaign. Thanks Ted!

    April 17, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. ester anderson

    Go ahead Ted do us all a favor and
    put a bullet in your head and see if Romney or anyone else cares, you're nothing but a has been and a one hit wonder

    April 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. American_Fury

    Ted is already dead. The redumblicans just propped him up and used him like a marionette. Go away Ted before someone makes you...

    April 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. optimistica

    What an idiot! Why do you even cover his inane words?

    April 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Anon 2012

    Why is this being reported as if it were an actual news story? Is this what political journalism has become in 21st century America? Some has been rocker who has destroyed his brain with alcohol and drugs spouts off and that is considered newsworthy instead of mocked and shunned as an embarrassment to his political party. Sad comment on journalism and the GOP.

    April 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Passion

    I thot jst threatining a President was a FELONY!

    April 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. ty

    the right is all fired up about their guns even though no one is taking them away or plans to...these folks MUST BE on drugs..and drugs and guns do not mix well....

    April 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Waffles

    LOL...every group has them and every group knows they have them and every group acts like it is nothing big when it comes from their group and every group acts like the world is caving in when it comes from the other group. SO...what's the big deal? We seem to ALL be flip floppers. Honestly, don;t we all feel a bit good when our group does what the other group does just to 'get even'.? This is political silliness but simply a tool. Why waste good emotion on it? 🙂

    April 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Erin O

    Dead or in jail? Either will do–good riddance!

    April 17, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Jane Dodd

    Obama will win and the loss of someone like Nugent will go unnoticed.

    April 17, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Jordu

    What a pathetic excuse for a human. As a musician, i am embarrassed that even a small part of the world ever considered him to be one.

    April 17, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. friendshipismagic

    Please do, Theodore.

    April 17, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. SearchingFotAnAtheistExtremist

    I think somebody needs some mental health assistance...

    April 17, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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