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. SteveO

    I hope he will apologize for his comments. Rosen's comments were nothing like this...chop their heads off?

    April 17, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Jack

    Keep up the good work Ted, Obama can use all the help possible.

    April 17, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Mort

    It is a federal crime to threaten the President of the United States. Ted Nugent has made a threat to the President, and Vice President. There is no doubt, and the National Rifle Association has shown its approval for this outlandish and unacceptable threat. Ted Nugent should be arrested and charged with a felony, and given a fair trial. This is serious, and must not be allowed in this country. Expressing opinions and exercising free speech is allowed and encouraged in our democratic society, but threatening the President of the United States in illegal and unacceptable, whether it be George Bush, Barack Obama, or any other past or future president.

    April 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Don H

    he used to be cool

    April 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Just As I Thought

    A Conservative goes off & all he'll breaks loose! Libs go off & the Media is silent & we are to "get over it". I and thousands of Americans will be voting Obambi out of office in Nov. BECAUSE.....all I have hear is WHY we should keep the first black liberal in the WH.......I OWE THE BLACK RACE NOTHING! I especially owe that empty suit black man nothing!

    April 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Kingfish

    This just goes to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ted's claim to have never done drugs was the wrong decision. Had he been more normal he wouldn't be so abnormal. Whew! Does it get any more redneck than this, so wrong about everything???!!! Shove Nugent's head below one of the million oil spills for two hours and then see if he can come up saying ":Stand Your Ground!"

    April 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Green Collar Worker

    Nugent? The guy who crapped in his own pants for a week to avoid the Vietnam draft? Give me a break. The man is an idiot.

    April 17, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Sam

    Ted Nugent is all talk and using figurative speech....but why in the WORLD doesn't CNN publish an article talking about Farrakhan's comments this past weekend? Farrakhan stated that soon, the people will be killing their leaders....and Farrakhan's got a proven record of this when he incited his followers to kill Malcom X. Farrakhan is the threat to Obama – NOT Ted Nugent.

    April 17, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. nugent is nuts

    wow. he owns the rights on 'vile'. what a creep. please move out of our country, you flee.

    April 17, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Maggie

    Hey Ted why don't you just say good bye now,we do not need you or your big mouth,President Obama will be re-elected so just get over it.

    April 17, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. FlotsamJetsam

    So what is the response from Romney??

    Bill Maher makes rude and crude comments to be funny. He is a political comedian and that's his job. He primarily takes jabs at the Conservative elements of government and society, but will also make his points about the current president as well. He just calls it like he sees it, but I can't say he wields any political power unlike Rush Limbaugh. I find it laughable that the Republican in an effort to save their almighty Rush Limbaugh over his obnoxious comments try and equate the two. Rush is a power broker and Bill Maher certainly is not. Witness Romney's reluctance to make any kind of point about Romney because he wants Limbaugh's endorsement.

    Ted Nugent is an over the hill rocker whose career ended decades ago. The only reason he has any notoriety is he has this absurd love affair with guns and hunting. I can't believe both the NRA and the Republican party want to associate themselves with him. It really is pretty crazy when you think about that aspect of the original statement by Nugent. Go ahead make your OWN day.

    April 17, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Bonnie

    Better watch what you say there, Nugent! I know you love making new fans, but behind bars is not the best way to do it. Sometime it is best to keep mouth shut unless you intend to carry through with what you say.

    April 17, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Cecil

    Gotta love how brave and patriotic people like Nugent are now, but when asked to serve his country he literally soiled his pants and didn't wash up for days to avoid serving. This guy is the epitome of narcissism and as an avid outdoorsman with friends like that who need enemies. If the Nuge hates Obama than I'm all for Obama.

    April 17, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Proudliberal

    Nugent is an ignorant moron, like most of those who are members of the NRA.

    April 17, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Pat in IL

    This guy sounds like an out of control psychopath. If he doesn't get help soon, he will probably end up in jail for threatening the president. There is no excuse for tt kind of vile and divisive hate talk.

    April 17, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Reader

    Didn't Ted say in an interview that bailed on serving in the Vietnam War by taking large doses of drugs to fail his physical. Some patriot.

    April 17, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. FL Voter

    I expect Ted to keep his promise...come November when President Obama wins re-election be either dead or in jail

    April 17, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Atna

    Hopefully DEAD!!!

    April 17, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |

    Ted "The Draft Dodger" Ball-less Nugets?

    April 17, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Dan

    Everyone know Obama will win. Isn't it obvious vs. Mr. Plastic face?

    April 17, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. ripsnortinroy

    nugent's brain has been dead for years.

    April 17, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. kravitz

    Mitt Romney sought out his endorsement. So what does Mitt have to say this? Or has anyone even tried to ask....

    April 17, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. GTA

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,"

    Given the number of votes this statement will generate for Obama, would this be considered a campaign contribution?

    April 17, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Lynn

    Finally, a reason to vote for Obama. Thanks Ted.

    April 17, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Sam

    Wow, now I'm definitely voting for Obama

    April 17, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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