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. Steven Colo

    Next year he'll be dead or in jail? Who makes the decision which one?

    The problem with being a rocker is that you surround yourself with sycophants and never have to deal with the real world. Nugent likely went crazy years ago and has never been forced back to reality.

    April 17, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Misokisu

    Ted's & Mitt's new song, 'Lets get 'The Great White Masses Buffaloed!

    April 17, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. elvis costanza

    That knock on the door is the Secret Service, you idiot. You are now on their radar for the rest of your miserable, misspent life.
    I hope your 15 minutes of cheap attention from Tea Party mouth-breathers is worth it.

    April 17, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. corpsman

    First Ted's songwriting started to suck, then his guitar playing. Now it sounds like he just sucks generally.

    Ted, if you can't work together with a president democratically elected by the majority of American voters, you no longer belong here, one way or another.

    April 17, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Sal

    It's people like him that composes the mean spirited republican party! 

    April 17, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. @RainCityLady

    And there you have it: this is the face of right wing America. Who with any semblance of intelligence or morality would support the likes of Ted Nugent and his ilk? Even Romney appears to be decent enough to tell this guy where to go. Keep it up, Ted. You could be the best campaigner Obama ever had.

    April 17, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. NJP

    What an idiot....So brave ....birng your washed up tail to Chicago's Englewood or Lawndale 'hoods. The inhabitants shoot back my firend! Oh...and bring your crossbow....Love to have you....

    April 17, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. @RainCityLady

    P.S. They don't call him the Motor City Madman for nothing.

    April 17, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. steven harnack

    Unfortunately it's just more Republican bs. They never really do anything that they promise, so I will make a bet right now that in one year Ted will have not offed himself and he will not be in jail.(and our President will be in his second term) Of course the Obama administration has not made any moves on or statements about the 2nd amendment, but try to get that past these paranoid schizophrenic's thick heads. You would think that a rant like Ted's would be reason enough to at least take all of his guns away from him. Isn't there some clause that you have to swear to about being sane?

    April 17, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. AE

    Ted has shares in an Ammo Company, just boosting sales is all....

    April 17, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. PTBarnumboy

    Ted has apparently gone completely off the deep end. His elevator has quit stopping at all the floors. He is several cards short of a full deck. The lights seem to be on but nobody is home.

    It would be funny except it borders on threatening.

    April 17, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. matt

    Ted Nugent talks a lot like Anders Behring Breivik.

    April 17, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. I GO P ON GOP

    If this threat was against a republican, the commentator would be arrested. I hope he meant he will kill himself. Of course, that fat junkie said he was moving to Costa Rica if the healthcare bill passed, and he didn't. You can't trust these people to follow up on their promises. GOP trash.

    April 17, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. todd miller

    Guess "Cat Scratch Fever" finally made it to Ted's brain and won. What a idiot!

    April 17, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Flyover States

    Where was the outcry when the black panthers put out REAL death threats? To liberals the first amendment is only allowed when it goes along with your ideology. Oh the hate-speech outcry and hurt feelings abound.
    I am an "awakened" liberal The flyover states will NOT allow our 2nd amendment rights to be infringed upon, Nugent represents the silent majority in his feelings about our right to bear arms.

    This is all Bush's fault...but who is John Galt?

    April 17, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. kuewa

    He needs an exorcism.

    April 17, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Mike Bruce

    Ted Nugent is, and always has been, a loudmouth coward. He prances around with his tough guy swagger and Big Duke talk when in truth he is nothing more than a draft dodging coward of the highest degre. Oh, but he has no problem with you or you kids going into a senseless war like we have had and are still having to possibly be maimed or killed. He is the epitome of ignorance and hate and should be jailed today.

    April 17, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. scoobypoo

    And the one-hit wonder spews on himself again.

    April 17, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. WDinDallas

    Lock and Load....oh wait, Romney will what?

    April 17, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. dj

    whtat is Nugent angry at Obama for? Is it equal pay for women? Is it the fact that he orchestrated the killing of Osama Bin Ladin? Is it because he stopped waisting American lives and money in Iraq and stopped the war? Is it because he increased the dow jones from 6500 in 2008 to over 13,000 in 2012? Is it because he helped GM post it's largest profit in their history? Or is it because he's not a republican? Just goes to show you that if Porky Pig Himself was the GOP nominee, he'd get 40% of the Republican vote. Sad state of American politics

    April 17, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Really?

    Did the liberals and the people who made this a "story" completely forget the BUSH ADMINISTRATION?
    So what, he said something dumb...MOVIES about Bush being shot were made while he was in office, he was bashed all the time by all sorts of people and nobody said a word...

    Double standards...

    April 17, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Ryan

    I was a disillusioned Obama supporter, but fortunately, that dunghead's comment has reinvigorated my resolve to vote for Obama in November 2012.

    Hey Ted, keep making those comments. They will only serve to fire up Obama's voter base and that's exactly what we need.

    April 17, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I am more worried about the crowd I heard cheering him in St Louis than I am about this crackpot.

    April 17, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. thomas mc

    Ted Nugent is just your typical Conservative: absolutely no respect for the office of the President of the United States, or anything this country stands for. They'd commit treason for a dime.

    April 17, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Shannon

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

    April 17, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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