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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  1. rho1953

    So the DNC talking point is that Nugent "threatened" Obama. It looks to me like the Marxists are getting desperate. Maybe too much inbreeding on the left.

    April 17, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Surfer George

    Start buying you're Terd Nugent memorabilia now, he's gonna be dead or in jail a year from now.;

    April 17, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. WisVet

    Mr. Nugent is a genuinely creepy human being with a gigantic ego, who is clawing desperately for attention in his waning years. He may be a washed up musician and a second rate intellect but he can still thrill the slobs at the NRA convention when he talks dirty.

    Nugent's outburst against our president represents a seriously deranged mind and are a very real threat. He's too much of a coward to do anything himself, but he would love to incite some of the Tea Party freaks to violence. If the Secret Service does not take action immediately they are incompetent beyond belief.

    April 17, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Canadian Pete

    To all of you in the good Ole' US of A....This is the kind of junk that we all see from the outside of your Just try and wonder why the world thinks you guys are completely nuts!!!! If I was a US citizen I'd start thinking about the fact that countries like Spain and Greece have over 20% unemployment...Stop spending money like crazy on guns (Wars...Army...) and start putting people back into school's and make your kids healthy again. Burgers kill more than guns...Good luck to all in November...You'll need it..........

    April 17, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. janelle

    Okay Debbie Wasserman Schultz, do you denounce the veiled threats made by Louis Farrakan? He said Black Leaders that don't lead for Black people are going to die.

    April 17, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Jason

    What ever, we get people threatening to commit suicide, and occasionally fulfilling their promises during every presidential election year.

    April 17, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. gpop

    If the only thing of worth the GOP has to speak for them is an out of date, drunk, hillbilly without any political clue...they are worse off than anyone has imagined. Such a sad group of individuals!

    April 17, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Red

    This wacko must have Cat Scratch Fever! Bye-bye Ted.....I am burning my albums with your name on them!

    April 17, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Jim

    I worked with his brother, Jeff, at Revlon and I am certain that Ted is as warped as Jeff. Something went wrong in their upbringing.

    April 17, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Flexing GOP

    Well Ted sounds lke he wants to be a terriorist. He needs to remember one things and that is dispite all the things the Republicans said that President Obama was weak on, he was dam good at killing terrorist. Ask Ben Laden, Qudaffi, the Samolian pirots, and the rest of them low life. So when President Obama is re-elected in November go ahead and flex Ted. The team that President Obama has at his disposal don't take prisoners. So you can forget about the going to jail part of your speak.

    April 17, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. CAL USA

    Romney may tell us he does not agree with Nugent, but he is legitimizing him by appearing at the same NRA convention and joining in on the Obama-bashing. Likewise, the NRA is also endorsing his views by giving him a platform for spewing this bile. We also have the image of Rick Santorum giving a standing ovation to the minister who was ordering all of us who don't agree with his religion to leave the country.

    These are the best the Republican party can put up for a president who will work for all of us? I predict they will have a tough time "moving to the center" for the general election.

    April 17, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Mikeinmn

    Wow! Where does he come up with statements like that? I believe in Freedom of Speech, but what exactly is he saying? I've always appreciated his ability as a guitar player, but I've got to question his position as an American. Does he have enough money that he sees himself now as immune to the Rights policies of subjugating the masses? Perhaps he's forgotten his roots/base? Sorry Ted, you just lost us. Good luck!

    April 17, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. tonymc

    Please have him continue to represent the party!

    April 17, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. pthomas

    I find it interesting that Ft. Knox booked him to play on base. No matter how stupid his remarks I do not think he should be censored from playing (bad) music. But given his total lack of basic respect and what could be considered out and out threats to the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and 4 Supreme Court Judges is a US military base the appropriate place for him to perform?

    April 17, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. OpenYourEyes

    Quick, shut him up! His views don't match ours so shut him up!!! Only the liberal view is worthy of free speech. Call him names, dismiss him, label him a racist. There, I feel better already.

    April 17, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. LTNN7890

    Just another irresposible millionair , running his mouth " just because he can ".

    April 17, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. FlotsamJetsam

    Funny that this is not even a story over at Fox News. Meanwhile they are making a big deal about Bill Maher extending Hilary Rosen's comment (obviously joking) that Ann Romney never gets her a^^ out of the house. and demanding that his $1 Million donation to the superPAC be returned.. Where is their outrage of the Republicans when Maher was just making a joke but who know Nugent might be serious?

    April 17, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. thedude

    Don't worry, the Secret Service will be on the case just as soon as they finish that crack pipe and get their pants on.

    April 17, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Ted it's medication time !

    Theres nothing like guns to fight the occasional bout of clinical insanity !

    I would think Ted would prefer an Ambassador position in DR Congo or Somalia if Romney is elected.
    Have Guns Will Travel / Singer Songwriter / Big Game Hunter


    April 17, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Cyric

    Classic Republican Hillbilly.

    April 17, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Flexing GOP

    Oyal they don't even have to waterboard old Ted because he already telegraphing was his plan is.

    April 17, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Bernie Gamble

    I guess Nugent is off his meds. Its too bad nut jobs interject things they nothing about.
    Go back in the woods and play with your guns, your music career is over so try something else.

    April 17, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. T in Dallas

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King Jr.

    April 17, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. Cyric

    If were lucky he'll die while in jail

    April 17, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. Calling . . .

    Seal Team Six, cleanup in aisle 7 . . .

    April 17, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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