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. EJ in Tacoma

    I am appalled that Mitt Romney is even associating with Mr. antisemitic Cat Scratch fever. What a disappointment to his fellow Mormons and the Republican Party he has been. I am Mormon and will not be endorsing Mr. Phony Baloney Willard Romney and know many good Republicans that will not be voting for this used car salesman. Good luck Mr. Romney with your Strangle Hold buddy Mr Nugent he's positively vile like his music.
    EJ in Tacoma

    April 17, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. steve

    Ted better watch his mouth because Seal Team 6 might show up one night for a visit.Remember Bin Laden or have you forgotten already?

    April 17, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Ted Nugent really represents Romney, the mormon faith believes in hate

    April 17, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. Good Luck

    There are wackos on both sides people. Get serious.

    April 17, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  5. Larry Moniz

    In the past, Ted Nugent has gone on record as an animal lover. While he condemns Obama, not sure for what except being a democrat, what does he say about Romney carrying dogs on a long trip sTRAPPED onto the top of a car?

    April 17, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. HypocriteCaller

    Wow, seems like a lot of liberals making something out of nothing. What Ted said is nothing close to what I am sure almost all of the idiots on this board said about the last president. Hypocrites. BTW...I am by nooooo means a fan of the last president either...he was horrible too.

    April 17, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. sqeptiq

    The worst part of his rant was all of the mouth-breathing troglodytes who stood around listening and nodding their heads. Looked like a convention of swimmers from the shallow end of the genetic pool. Slack-jawed mutant humanoids.

    April 17, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. Maharishi of Mayhem

    Ted, White, & Blue, Baby!

    An American Patriot standing up against tyranny.

    April 17, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  9. Al

    Dead Nugent! Who cares?

    April 17, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. zardo

    By having a frothing at the mouth egomaniac like Ted Nugent spew his vitriolic bile at their convention, the NRA has come full circle...what was once a fairly middle if the road, respectable organization, has become nothing more than an irrelevant bunch of wacko, paranoid fanatics. May all of them drown in their own sewage.

    April 18, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  11. Last Stand George

    Another reason I will no longer be associated with the NRA!

    April 18, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  12. Jason

    Are we sure this guy could actually shoot someone.....after all he was a draft dodger and didn't have the guts to go to war to fight the enemy. I guess in his mind, the United States President is the enemy. And imagine Romney begged for this guys endorsement so he would get in good with the NRA.

    April 18, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  13. Joe the Plumber

    I looked up sc-m of the earth and there was a picture of Nugent and Huckabee jamming together on Fox News.

    Fair and Balanced.

    We jam with Ted Nugent – You Decide

    April 18, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  14. Common sense grandma

    Well, thank goodness!!! Either way, he will have to shut up. It does, however, sound like a threat.

    April 18, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Come to think of it, who really cares what a burnt-out, dope smoking, acid dropping rocker thinks anyway???

    April 18, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  16. vlayman

    Sounds like a "stormtrooper" recommending a "free for all" ...

    April 18, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. mike

    Oh Ted....a long time ago I thought I was a fan but in it turns out I was a just a Derek St. Holmes fan. You really do suck without him.

    April 18, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  18. freq flag

    Typical Liberal Media...
    can we PLEASE get back to The Most Important Outrage In History–losing our minds over Hilary Rosen?

    April 18, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. Brian Dodge

    ""Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil," – No, Mittens believes that Democrats need to to be hamstrung from criticizing right wing wackos by pretending civility. Its a repeat of Palin sayin' "lock and reload", Giffords getting shot, and Boehner crying crocodile tears about all the incivility. Right wing hypocrisy rides again.

    Nugent's really sticking his neck out by calls to "chop off" the president's head in November – I'll have to axe him what he's thinking.

    April 18, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  20. KathyC in Minnesota

    Forgive him Father, for he knoweth not what he says.

    Ted Nigent has bought into then Neo-Con ideology of the GOP. Sad. He was once considered a talent. Age has made him washed up. and irrelevant.

    April 18, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  21. buzz32747

    By allowing a frothing at the mouth egomaniac like Ted Nugent spew his vitriolic, hatefilled bile at their convention, the NRA has finally come full circle. What was once a fairly middle of the road, respectable organization, has become nothing more than an irrelevant bunch of wacko, paranoid fanatics. May they all drown in their own sewage.

    April 18, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  22. Dead or in jail?

    Not gutless Ted. He'll soill himself first, just like he did 40-some years ago to get out of having to go to Vietnam.

    April 18, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  23. FollowMe

    Nugent will neither be dead or in jail because the Nubian will be put out to pasture in November.

    April 18, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  24. raoul

    ted, i really thought you were a b guitar player when i saw you back in the early seventies. it seems that you only want attention. your ego is bigger than the grand canyon, and you are delusional as well. i just put your records in the garbage. you might think twice before going insane again because there are alot of obama supporters that went to your concerts. i guess you don't need them, but good luck trying to get your radically right politicos ot fill up your concert hall.

    April 18, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  25. Richard-Missouri

    I don't hear / read what Ted Nugent says as a threat at all. He was recently on a radio show in St. Louis, and he mentioned how he has been harassed by the government for his political views. The point he makes is that if Obama is re-elected in November, he'll (Ted) be dead or in prison, because the government will make sure of it. The harassment will go into overdrive. As far as "cutting their heads off" in November, he's alluding to a voter revolution, much like the French Revolution. However, instead of physically lopping off heads (with a guillotine), he means we should have a voter revolution, and throw the current administration out of office.

    Of course the liberal media wants to paint this as something altogether different. Go figure.

    April 18, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
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