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. Jean

    I heard this crackpot's remarks and found them beyond hateful.. It is clear that he is threatening the president and the whole administration, no bones about it. He says that if the President is reelected, he will be either dead or in jail next year. How else con you take that remark when you hear the whole rant. This isn't free speech and it is worse than devisive when you also consider his remarks were before a NRA group, NRA used to be a respectable sportsman group that now has become a bunch of gun crazy radicals. Which of these guys are going to take this up as a challenge? . Romney should distance himself from this hate monger and the FBI needs to watch carefully.

    April 17, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Observer

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

    Is he trying to help Obama?

    April 17, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. RetiredVet

    The left wing liberal "sheeple" don't like what you said Ted, I guess they don't know that Obama and his crew are trying to obolish the 2nd Amendment.

    April 17, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Jennifer E.

    ("I will either be dead or in jail")

    Either way works for me, Ted.

    April 17, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Really obvious points and questions

    How come this is the top of the political ticker 6 hours later?
    Oh right, b/c CNN wants you to think Mr. Nugent represents the majority of republicans.

    April 17, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. CC

    What idiot made the decision to put a microphone in front of this bigger idiot??

    April 17, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Really obvious points and questions


    I heard this crackpot's remarks and found them beyond hateful"

    That's nice, dear.

    April 17, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. gg

    wheres homeland security–this guy should be on a no-fly list–he,s nuts

    April 17, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Joe

    From Ted Nugent in 2007:

    SEAN HANNITY: But you can't say — you can't threaten the president of the United States. I would think you agree with that.

    TED NUGENT: You think? Yes, you know, we disagreed with a lot of administrations in the past, but none of our rhetoric included, you know, threatening lives. These guys are over the top. But they're lunatic fringe that even your average Democrat liberal doesn't agree with. But, unfortunately, nobody is silencing these guys, or not necessarily silencing, but condemning this outrageous violence that they're recommending.

    April 17, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Canadian Jim

    I just read Jack Cafferty's question regarding Romney's faith and whether it will have an effect on the election – and then I read this. I'm wondering why Romney doesn't have Nugent speaking at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City? If I were a Democrat I'd tie these two so close together that when someone saw a picture of Romney's plastic smile, they had Nugent spewing his filth over Romney's shoulder. God Bless America.

    April 17, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. The Film Professor

    Most of us know that Ted Nugent is crazy ... but because that is so widely known, why would the NRA let him make a speech? They are the ones giving this guy a platform to spew this venom, and I bet there are a lot of people in their audience who probably applauded these remarks. Think about it people, particularly if you are supporting Romney. Remember the old adage - you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

    April 17, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Never thought much of Ted Nugent as musical artist , I don't want my child to witness his final performance art piece !

    It's sad , men like Nugent always take innocent people with them.

    April 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Nugent looks like a RAT acts like a RAT – must be vermin.

    April 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Observer

    Nugent has 3 kids outside of marriage.

    Republican hypocrisy marches on for another hypocrite who regularly attends church.

    April 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    And people say President Obama is "divisive" Look in the mirror you crazy GOBP cult members.

    April 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Matt

    Nugent for President. Wake up america dont cry to the NRA when Obama turn you to communism

    April 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    The silence from the GOBP is deafening. Ted Nugent appeals to their ever-shriveling base of supporters, so just like Rush Dumbo, not a word can be heard condemning these ignorant loud mouth racists. Own it, GOBP! Stand up and be proud, these are your supporters!

    April 17, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. An Educated Man

    Why does the photo of Nugent and his fellow NRA supporters make me think of the movie 'Deliverance?' That song just starts up in my head whenever I see cross-eyed people with cowboy-like hats on espousing their "dang" rights to own guns. Scary! Our country has been held hostage by these right-wing nutjobs for far too long. Luckily for us, the youth of today are smarter than their uneducated parents and are voting for OBAMA 2012!

    April 17, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Richard Trudeau

    I am and have been a conservative and NRA member for entire adult life. I have no love for the president, but a statement like this from a man who touted his own exploits to avoid the draft during Vietnam deserves absolutely no credence what-so-ever. Fools such as this has-been buffoon only strengthen the divide in this country. If the NRA has ANY sense, they'll back away from this pronto. THIS IS NOT THE NRA I SUPPORT. This man is a draft dodger and a complete fool. He deserves nothing.

    Ted, you're a self-avowed coward and you're pandering to the simplest base of the populace. You should be proud.

    April 17, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Love his music but he makes Charles Manson seem sane.

    April 17, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. TomGI

    I'm old, I remember when you were just a draft dodger.

    April 17, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. tibeau

    You just can't put your faith in a man that wears a loin cloth. Go back to your ranch, your a pathetic has been, a freak performing for freaks.

    April 17, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. luffing

    At what point does rhetoric become treason?

    April 17, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. OrangeW3dge

    "I See Your True Colors, Shining Through" – –
    What was a "Ted Nugent"? I forget. Wasn't he the one that stomped on baby chickens on stage?

    April 17, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Lenny Pincus

    Ted Nugent is a physical coward who went to great lengths–like most wingers his age–to avoid Vietnam. He takes his inadequacies out on animals.

    April 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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