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. trufaldino

    Sorry. Who is Ted Nugent?

    April 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. downinfront

    These psychotic episodes actually help the re-election of Obama. Keep it up.

    April 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Lucy

    Well, if you are dead by this time next year, Ted, see ya! Doubtful any of the hoi-polloi will even notice.

    April 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. sisterchef

    This isn't news. It is just repeating stupid things, said by stupid people.Come on, CNN.

    April 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. joependleton

    I sincerely hope that American voters will not forget that Romney gladly shared the stage with Nugent, and pandered to the same crowd.

    April 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Famous

    Let's see Ted, I'm 46 years old, and I actually remember how bad your music I think you are the luckiest bad rocker, meaning bad rock music maker, of all time...except for Tiny Tim, who east a rocker, but had equally horrible musical contributions. How you ever got a voice in politics would otherwise be a mystery aside from the fact your support and apparent voice for conservatism is only supported by two groups of people: ones that think your crappy brand of tasteless, talented rock was good, and ones that think that building bunkers on the weekends is good entertainment. I hope you get run over by a large moose that prefers the taste of tasteless people over garden varieties.

    April 17, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. CalmDog

    The lead story is "Romney's Favorability Rating Rebounds". And then along comes Ted to p___ in Romney's well. If Romney doesn't disavow this guy immediately he's a bigger moron than I thought.

    April 17, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Brian

    Scratch a Republican and you will find a hillbilly.

    April 17, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. jbird68

    Oh, Secret Service...Where are you?!

    April 17, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Phyllis

    Who is Ted Nugent? And who cares what he thinks?

    April 17, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    If only Nugent could be thrown into a deep pit filled with all the animals he has slaughtered to satisfy his bloodlust then we would truly see justice be served – letting him die by his own hand like the coward Nero is much too happy a fate for this poster boy for all that is wrong with this country – if only his death would be like Christs except in this case all the evil followers of the NRA,Tea Party, Wall Street, and Fox News would perish from the earth to spend all eternity with their real role model – Lucifer – the prototype for all Republicans today ( I am sure Abe Lincoln is turning over in his grave – along with Buckley , Goldwater, and Kemp)

    April 17, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Bardfast

    And Romney won't dishone this nutcase, eh?

    That speaks volumes to Romney's character.

    April 17, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Wild Child

    Why should I listen to this pedophile? Enough said.

    April 17, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Brad

    I sure pray Obama wins, good bye Ted (Ted, promise me you're not kidding).

    April 17, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. winstonsmith

    What a liar, when Obama wins in November this clown will neither be dead or in jail, but somehow I bet he'll keep squawking. Maybe he'll be like Harold Camping and say, "oh I meant in TWO years..."

    April 17, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Passion

    Tht was IGNORANT, AND IT SHO`S WHT KIND OF MINDSET REPUBLICANS adhere to! If they condone tht they will condone nethng. Evn if he did TAKE IT BK, as they say, it is still how he feel`s! Passion

    April 17, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Rick

    What a psycho. It's not even as if he makes any sense what so ever when he speaks. May as well have a retarded hillbilly as poster boy for the tea party/GOP.

    April 17, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I'll tell you what's criminal Mr Nugent. You releasing another album. Wonder if he has read Mitt's voting record on Gun Rights..

    April 17, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Amazed2

    Just makes you want to vote Grand Oil Party doesn't it?

    April 17, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Merry Prankster

    I think if I should ever have to listen to another of Ted Nuggets songs or rants I will be the one that will shove a gun down my throat.

    April 17, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. John Livingstn

    gO volunteer for duty in Afghanistan.

    April 17, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Ivan

    Ted could never make a good record though he sure tried.

    April 17, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. NRAKills

    I hope someone shoves that arrow tip right up his wazoole.

    April 17, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Ben frank

    Ted comes across as a raving lunatic. Romney's right to distance himself from that. It is neither immoral nor criminal to be an independent, Democrat or Republican for that matter.

    April 17, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. billy jester

    A group of double digit IQ, in-bred morons, being led by even a bigger fool. It's been all downhill for Ted Nugent since he left the Amboy Dukes, which was the only good music he ever made. And by the way, that thing he used to do where he allegedly shattered glass with a note from his guitar was as fake and phony as he his.....

    April 17, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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