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. LCA

    "...I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said.

    Good grief, Ted. I know the seventies were too good to you...but take it down a notch. This kind of moronic and over-the-top rhetoric and Romney "support" by Ted Nugent...besides being scary crazy and a crime .... is exactly WHY Romney and the RNC will lose in 2012 AGAIN... as well they should. They should be denouncing this kind of imbecile and his "support" but I doubt they will....instead they will continue to kiss the butts of these fringe but deluded and attention seeking lunatics for votes. Oh, well.....hopefully women and independents and all SANE people will vote for President Obama...AGAIN. As well they should.

    April 17, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. If Only

    I think Ted Nugent and Ann Coulter would make such a cute couple! 🙂

    April 17, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. jimbojoker

    NRA how the west was lost western world that is and were worried about the taliban

    April 17, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. michaelak

    I thought it was illegal to threaten the President....even if he skirted the issue by not naming President Obama in the same sentence; a visit from the security staff is in order (without their paramours!). Mr. Nugent has always been a blowhard; anyone who can be so proud of their ability to kill animals with guns should stay out of the public eye.

    April 17, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. ArtInChicago

    Do it now Ted. Never liked your suckee music. Go join Zappa.

    April 17, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. jason h

    To all the previous posters. THANK YOU!!!!!! I mean to see responsible people from boths sides of the political spectrum acting like adults restores my sense of faith in humanity. I normally would have expected to see an equal proportion of "whacky righties" arguing with "morally superior lefties". Again thank you good people. Win loose or draw if the discourse of political thought can proceed in this demeanor we have not lost all hopes for a future in America....
    thank you.

    April 17, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. kamosin

    I think this Nugent guy with his NRA/Tea party friends is basically threatening Mitt Romney and the president is just a scapegoat. Obama doesn't need to become president in November he is already one, and for almost 4years!! We hope Romney gets a "spine" and publicly denounce or outright rejects his endorsement.

    April 17, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. nilla

    Ted's going to take his ball and go home if Democracy doesn't return the result he wants. What a man!

    April 17, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. BlackPanther

    You gotta love him. what a man.

    April 17, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. lori holton

    I was there when Nugent was the two-bit third back-up band at almost every concert. You had to sit through his 3-song repertoire at almost every concert you went to. I guess 3 songs doesn't a sound retirement make. So he is reinventing himself, a rush limbaugh replacement? Please, young people, if you don't want your own demise, your own country's demise, please don't listen to this has-been nobody psycho.

    April 17, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Lori Fox

    I have always loved ur I am ashamed to even say ur name. I can not believe that you could be so hateful...especially with the music that you sang. Because he's Black....or, because he is a you use to be. What....u are this important. U r rich....I am not. Hope you enjoy ur tax free money...or at least...not paying as much as the normal person. I support the NRA....not you...ever again.

    April 17, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. BigTBone

    Would it even matter if Obama said in plain English: Look, the NRA and GOP are milking you people for your hard earned money by driving your fear. I/we in this administration wish to address gun violence in our country, but in no way, shape or form will we abolish or obscure the second amendment. The conspiracy is dead. It has no merit.

    They wouldn't believe him.

    April 17, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. rick

    Sorry to say I was raised in michigan, but not sorry to say ted noogint is a draft dodgin, pedophile. Just do a google. I actually know a couple guys that went to his farm in jackson and found him shootin kittens with his bow. A sad narcissist that gave up a child for adoption. The funny part is, when Obama's reelected, old bucktoof teddie will do just what all the other dufus pseudo-religious have done in the past......... gulp and say ....duh...well i'll be! LOL..rock on dufus!

    April 17, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Leigh2VA

    Ambiguous, misleading headline, CNN. Shame on you!

    Anyhow, Ted Nugent is more than a bit out there ~ he says outrageous things to get attention. And obviously it works, because here we all are posting about it. lol.

    April 17, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. John C.

    To the people that think President Obama is going to abolish the 2nd Amendment, please wake up. The president has never talked about abolishing the 2nd amendment. Its people that think like this that makes the United States look like we are all dumb. Listen to his speeches and words. He talks about laws that need to be enforce to stop lunatics from killing people, or going hunting with a machine gun. Who needs a macing gun to hunt? I am in favor of the 2nd amendment, but there are to many crazies running around with guns, that don't need to be running around with guns.

    April 17, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. Okie Dokie

    Ted is a B.E.M. (Booger Eatin' Moron). He appeals to the folks who save up all year to attend the State Fair. His driveway never did go all the way to the street.

    April 17, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Locode

    Nugent is a complete nutjob who would be better off dead. I hope the Secret Service can find some time in their busy schedules to investigate his threats seriously. You can't talk about chopping people's heads off, and of being dead or in jail (implying that he had committed or attempted to commit a serious crime) and think that you can just go on living a normal life.

    April 17, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  18. Larry L

    This chicken-hawk crapped his pants (literally) to avoid getting drafted and defending America. Now he's a tough guy and on the Board of Directors for the NRA. He's now in favor of domestic terrorism and of course having your kids go to war. This is what the NRA is really about!

    April 17, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  19. debintx

    Nugent says if Obama is reelected he'll either be dead or in jail by next April. Gee, can we get that in writing?

    April 17, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. RNC is out of touch with Women and Middle Class Americans

    Ted Nugget is talking directly to his friends like Jared Lee Louhger the nut who shot Rep. Gabrielle Gifford and killed six and shot 18 people in total. Mitt Romney sought Ted Nugget endorsement his lack of judgment disqualify him from being President.

    April 17, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. Gary T.

    Ted is a great musician, but he is a lunatic fringe raving madman. When it comes to his political views, to include his stance on gun control, or the lack of it, Ted may better be served to remember that we are not living in the wild west and nutts like him and many other Tea Party fruit cakes, are not people I want to see carring a gun!!! The NRA is right, guns dont kill people by themselves, people do, but it sure makes mass killing easier than trying to stab a room full of people. How many people have to be murdered before Ted and his NRA buddies relaize guns in the handds of any fruitcake are dsangerous.

    April 17, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  22. stew

    Well no worries Ted, if you were completly honest and God fearing you would pray to God, but your worthless rants only show your a man of no faith.

    April 17, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  23. RJ

    Sure Nugent is a nut job, but last I checked we still have the right to free speech and expression.
    Don't like what he has to say? Don't listen.
    Leave it too the liberals to condemn someone for exercising their rights.
    He has his right to voice his opinions just as the rest of us do.

    April 17, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. smknbluebear

    sounds like an SA thug from 1931 or so...surprised the secret service hasnt picked him up–guess they have other things on their minds...

    April 17, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. AllThatsLeft

    See what Fox new's brainwashing does to simpleminded mouth breathers. All he and others like him do is echo the Right wing propaganda I hear Fox news spewing every hour of everyday.

    April 17, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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