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. Niko_in_Richmond

    Funny how just last week, the Republicans went out of their way to pin Hilary Rosen'd comments about Ann Romney on the president; yet, when one of their wackos makes a comment which should be found deplorable by anyone, even if you don't agree with the president's policies, they pretend that the words were never uttered. The next thing you know, the Romney campaign will be saying that he does not speak for the candidate. The Republicans love operating on a double standard, and the Democrats are spineless enough to continue to let it happen. The Republicans are good at walking over the Democrats because the Dems always want to be seen as playing fair; when will they learn that they are up against an opponent who doesn't care about playing fair–they want to win!

    April 17, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. SF

    why isn't this idiot in jail? to me that sounds threatening...he's either going to be so? is he going to go out and try and kill someone? therefore he'll either be in jail for murder or dead cuz he tried murderign someone? this guy is insighting violence! and this is the Tea Party's method of resolve!

    I'm sure he has some lunatic crazier than him in the audience just drueling at every word this idiot spews...and will probably go out and shoot innocent people...mark my words, there's at least one in every one of these audiences!

    April 17, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote on page 1:

    Want to see come vile & cruel things? Read the comments on the article about Trump throwing a party for Ann Romney.
    As vile as some of the repiles may have been, try again. Trump has made his share of obnoxious statements. None of those people were being paid by the NRA to make a speech, probably never will. The NRA didn't object. The Romney campaign voiced no objection. Not any conservative or Republicans has made any critical remarks of Nugent. In fact, the NRA appears to be fully supportive of his remarks, both past and present.

    What is this? Is the Reagan rule being applied here? ... ... ... Do I hear crickets?

    April 17, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Eddie The Barber

    On another note...Interesting how many republicans, conservatives, tea party members are voting "against" the president and how few are voting "for" Mitt. Guys like Nugent just hate hate hate him – but they don't really like Romney. What a bunch of stupid morons.

    April 17, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Ray

    Oh god, my parents were right all those years ago, rock and roll music does eat your brain!

    April 17, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. john

    People like Ted are just the type that I'm sure Mitt and Ann would love to have over to the golly...yessirree... c'mon over Ted, and bring your friends/guns with you, we'll go out on the boat...roast some,,,ahhhh....weenies.....???

    April 17, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. FlotsamJetsam

    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 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Expat American

    Nugent's been breathing in too many gun powder fumes...he's crazy! He needs a serious check up from the neck up!

    April 17, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. J

    Kids, take a good look at Ted Nugent. This is what happens to your brain when you do drugs.

    April 17, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    So when is Homeland Security going to pick up this pedophile (back in the 70s he gained legal custody of a 16 year old girl for indecent purposes) on terrorism charges?

    April 17, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. charlesName

    Now we see how tea party siping is like, they want to get guns and chop off heads!!! Funny

    April 17, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. nylescota

    apparently we are not allowed to discuss history on this page. I'm awaiting moderation for writing about the French revolution. maybe we are becoming more socialist

    April 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. daveinla

    Keep em' honest Uncle Ted!

    April 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. StarBorneMaiden

    Ted is just stating an opinion. It's just words, and Obama will probably not get elected

    April 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. johnm

    Hey, chickendung aka dead ted if you want your duly elected president your gonna have to come through me!

    April 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. rjtx

    Another comment from another right wing nut job. He represents quite well the moral and intellectual level of those who have hi-jacked the GOP.

    April 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. beefromnj

    Right on Joe, Why the violent language Ted. Never heard President Obama speak that way. If you ask me he is just firing up all the nut jobs out there, who take his words seriously and could target the President or anyone in the administration. SHameful!! Very Very Shamefull!!! By the way either one of your options would be just fine with me.

    April 17, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Rock_On

    Shut up and play yer guitar Uncle Ted! Your political(?) rhetoric is much less subtle than yer guitar licks! Love the guitar work, am baffled by the political aberration.

    April 17, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. C3vink

    Is it just me, or is it obvious from Nugent's disjointed and rambling rhetoric that he is indeed a few sandwiches shy of a picnic?

    April 17, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Lynne

    W O W ! ...............w e .....g e t .... 2 F O R 1...........KEEP OBAMA and ....R I D.... o u r s e l v e s ......o f .... t h i s ................J E R K! .................B Y E...... T E D

    April 17, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. DS

    As Frank Zappa so eloquently put it, shut up and play your guitar. The world has no use for you otherwise.

    April 17, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. DJ Reality

    Ted Nugent should be locked up! Where is Homeland Security? This crack pot is promoting violence and should be arrested as a terrorist. This S.O.B. is crazy and needs to be put away!

    April 17, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Bob

    Half of the republicans in the U.S. are of the same opinion as Ted. Look at how many people support the Tea Party. Every single Tea Party nut job thinks the same as Ted.

    April 17, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. ART

    I sais Ted is a racist

    April 17, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. mfhpr

    Wow, Gonzo, you are an idiot. My first ever concert was Nugent and I always thought he was a rock god. But the real Ted Nugent is one of the dumbest, misinformed people on the planet. Wouldn't bother me one bit if the death part of his promise came true...

    April 17, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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