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. naturalselectionanyone

    Look at his picture. Now let's talk evil. Pure hatred and ignorance. I guarantee this guy uses the N word behind closed doors. Ted Nugent, really? What a marginalized loser. If he is not spewing his vile rhetoric, he is out killing defenseless animals for sport. Love the snakeskin hat. That makes you a real man, Ted. I am sick that I live in a society where I have to breathe the same air as this trash. Guns/weapons in the hands of this kind of fringe animal is frightening.

    April 17, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. laughingatyou

    Must have been a big incestuous party at the trailer park – these single celled organisms really are a piece of work.

    April 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Orwell is excited

    All it is going to take for Nugent to forever shut up, is for Obama to get re-elected?

    America do not miss this splendid opportunity!!! OBAMA 2012, OBAMA 2012, OBAMA 2012

    April 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. sassysticks53

    The GOP acting like the Germans during Hitler's and the Nazi's reign of terror. The Germans didn't speak out; they knew Jews were being slaughtered but they were afraid of Hitler and the Nazis and what the SS might do to them if they spoke out or tried to protect a Jew. This is what the GOP is going through right now, imo. I think some of the GOP, maybe even a lot of them, want to speak up but are terrified of Rush Lipbalm, FAUX News and the tea baggers. It's sad that we refuse to learn what history has taught us. The GOP didn't speak up when Lipbalm called that woman those ugly names. Of all the things I will remember about the GOP, it would be their cowardice and hypocrisy.

    April 17, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. blindbear

    Actually, he didn't finish his sentence because they were in a hurry to interview Romney spokesman Charles Manson next. What he meant to say is "dead, in jail or in the nuthouse" in a year.

    April 17, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Death of The Republic

    Another dope speaks for the party of No. How anybody could supports these criminals is beyond me, but then again, my IQ has 3 digits.

    April 17, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Ethan

    There simply has never been a better reason to move an election up on the calendar. How 'bout tomorrow?

    April 17, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Withrow Woodrey

    There's some of that moderate, level-headed dialogue that Republicans are known for. Very helpful and productive. If Ted Nugent reflects American ideals, then America needs to raise it's standards.

    April 17, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. elcrabo

    The Nuge never did drugs! That's the problem! Ted I like some of your tunes, but as a voice of reason or wisdom you suck! If Obama wins and you die, go to jail or whatever, I can live with that. But having to live in this country run by ultra rightwing lunatics like yourself would be worse than anyone could imagine. Go ahead, hunt, play guitar, but cut back on the Andro-Gel! Your brain and your nut sac are shrinking in to oblivion.

    April 17, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. clarke

    So this is only way to get attention. No class, a disgrace. Well her better start planning his wake then.

    April 17, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Joe

    I look forward to not having to hear anything about Ted Nugent once he's "dead or in jail." The election can't come soon enough.

    April 17, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Robin Bray

    Flake, flake, flake, since day one. And yes, also loser and crummy musician

    April 17, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. ILik2Suk

    What an idiot. Thank you for supporting Obama's re-election efforts. He'll win by a landslide now.

    April 17, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. JS

    He will be dead by this time next year? Can he promise that for sure? The world (and Michigan) would be better off without him.

    April 17, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. steve

    Bad music. Bad person. Bad.

    April 17, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. 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 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. The Shepard

    This administration is the first administration to ever sue it's owns states. Only enemies of America do that for illegal immigrants. Eric Holder is responsible for two deaths and is an inept idiot and so is this thing we have in office called a President. Joe Biden is nothing but a retard and I have to agree with Ted Nugent on this one. People need to REVOLT and take our country back away from these anti-american liberals who are nothing but filth.

    April 17, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Joe the Plumber

    He speaks exactly the way 25-30% of this country feels about Obama, gun rights, etc. He is lowest of the low and his hate-filled fans eat it up. He basically threatened to kill both Obama and Hillary Clinton. Who else could get away with that? He is a regular guest on Sean Hannity and other Fox News shows. That pretty much says it all.

    April 17, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Don

    disappear (or NDAA) this nitwit.

    April 17, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. NeedNewGov

    Just another example of why this nation is dying.

    April 17, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. bullock w

    I'm said mocked out of presdient obama cause people are make lots trouble vote for presdient obama from fraud check scam but someone got fraud check scam from afrcian amercian cause people would like cheat support vote support for obama from afrcain amerciam

    April 17, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. nuster

    So Ted messed his pants to avoid the Viet Nam draft, but now he is all big and bad. And I guess a lot of military vets are ok with him being on the board of directors of the NRA. I was in the Marine Corp 1967-1971. This is not about your 2nd amendments right to me. This is about who you associate with and who you elect to speak for you. I disliked Ted as a draft dodger, I disliked Ted as a hypocrite, I dislike Ted for advocating violence. Tell me one brave act he has done.

    April 17, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. there is profit in fear aka payback

    ....Tough talk. From a man who had a chance to prove himself. During the Vietnam war. Instead of fighting man to man. He's out there killing defenseless animals. Who can't shoot back......

    April 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Iamnotfooled

    Devisive –Devisive–Devisive. Yet they say President Obama is devisive? This is racism plain and simple. President Obama is not threatening their guns. This whacko just can't stand that a black man (half white like you Nugent) is in the White House doing a good job. No one will miss you Nugent if you are in jail or gone.

    April 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    we need to bring back the guillotines of the early 190's in France to dispense with Nugent and others of his ilk who are all enemies of all citizens who love the Republic – where is alatter day Robspierre when we need him – he knew how to deal with the elite aristocracy and all their followers – this time we need to wipe them all out – including their spouses, children – all of them to ensure the Republic will not fall to a demagogue or a restorer of the old order like what ahppened to the French Revolution ( with the cative support of the church as usual as the elitists always stick together against we the people)

    April 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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