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. Easy-Pushover

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is such a hypocrite.
    Where is her outrage of the left's insults against women?

    April 18, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. Snooze70

    H sounds smart enough to be Romney's Secretary of State. But Romney won't be president , so we can all sleep well tonight.

    April 18, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. Eileen

    Ted Nugent could be the poster boy for NOT allowing everybody to carry a gun. I am really surprised the NRA would have him as a spokesperson. How many nuts like Nugent are in the NRA???

    April 18, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  4. MP in VA

    Did Nugent convert to Radical Islam? If not, he sure sounds like it.

    April 18, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  5. jimbojoker

    Giving this guy a gun is like letting a newborn play with a rattle snake

    April 18, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. steve King

    What? Obama has hardly mentioned gun laws since being elected. Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, which has the most restrictive gun laws outside of California. Romney lied about being a hunter in front of a hunting crowd, then boasted about the Mass gun laws in front of a different crowd. He's a total fake and would outlaw guns altogether if it got him a few votes. Logic would point towards the NRA supporting the candidate that has the better record on gun laws, which is clearly Obama. When Obama is re-elected and Nugent ends up dead or in jail, it will be a win-win for America.

    April 18, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  7. jimbojoker

    Look at the photo again read his lips and look at his hand "I have this much common sense" he appears to be saying

    April 18, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. diamond dog

    people, you must not judge a person for what he says, he by no means speaks for the NRA as a whole. I am NRA and feel that it goes against what the NRA stands for, the right to bare arms, and education of guns, and sportsmen out in the fields.But this is election year, which means people will do and say anything to make split the left and the right. Who cares what anyone says: Everything is fare in Love and War, and this is what the damn politicians want ! Divide and Conquer.... which comes from the Romans during war. We must only listen to the candidates themselfs. Elections are about nothing but money, cnn should know that best of all, this story is making them millions.. dont forget their lawyers!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  9. Masunga

    I am going to vote for Obama after hearing this hateful man.

    April 18, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  10. Will Smith

    Ted Nugent for VP!!!

    April 18, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  11. dan5404

    Apparently the NRA has no problem with a guest speaker threatening the president, otherwise they would say so and take off the website page devoted to this raving maniac. I keep hearing that these gun lovers are worried about someone taking their guns, when it hasn't even been mentioned. Paranoia and hatred are a dangerous combination.

    April 18, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  12. Logic N LA

    Really Obvious- It's at the top of the ticker beacuase a man either threatened to do something to the President or himself. Unlike Palin asking the President to call her whcih was there for a week.

    April 18, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  13. ha

    Ppl talk alot about other countries , no wonder those countries they dont follow american politics , its full of haterd . And who cares about america its just the parties we care

    April 18, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  14. iab

    His words represents the worse of the worse. This same kind of talk by Palin resulted in the terrible shooting in Ariz. A
    wonderful, caring, Mrs. Gifford was shot and her career was ended. I do not hear any Dems spew this kind of venom.

    About working women, read what mitt said about women with 2 children who are on assistance should do. In other words these women should work out side the home. In other words working middle class people in America should be surfs, slaves, work for low wages and be satisfied. It was stated the more educated u r you are more likely to know more about what is going on and will vote Dem. The less educated, less knowledgeable will vote Gop.

    The pollsters are experts they have the demographics, know where to poll based on income,etc. The polls are deceptive promote false numbers. We r so stupid, again shows how the wealthy controls everything.

    April 18, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  15. unretired05

    He's just mad because he wants to go hunting with Cheney.

    April 18, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  16. Marry

    Mr. Nugent, Rush, etc. etc. and a large part of the GOP / TP truly represent the worst of AMERICA, busy to tear everybody and everything decent down!
    But, reading the many comments above make me hope that the best of America is also still there and does their part to bring the country forward and work to make life better for all!

    April 18, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  17. KanneM

    Isn't it so like a politician to be disingenuous? Re: Wasserman accusing Romney of allowing/inviting Ted Nugent to be his "surrogate."

    If I speak publicly about an election in which you're running for office, does that make me either your surrogate or that of your opponent, Ms. Wasserman? Of course not. Shame on you.

    April 18, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  18. Pedro

    Not all Republicans are evil. But most evil people tend to vote Republican.

    April 18, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  19. Jackson

    Good! Can't wait to see him go!!!

    April 18, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  20. G

    Love Nugent, makes you think. But Americans are soft and want to be mediocre like the rest of the Democrats....

    April 18, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  21. nickyscarfo

    What a misleading headline!

    "Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November" suggests that he his threatening to kill Obama when Nugent was actually threatening suicide.

    Dishonest, CNN. Dishonest.

    April 18, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  22. S.S

    Definately Im sure now to vote for the President Obama, such language spoken by Nugent has no place in a civilized society. I hate to wallow in mud with Nugget but for sure, a chicken Nugget has more brains than nugget.

    April 18, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  23. G Smith

    Nugent needs to move to Reno. There are people there who will take care of him.

    April 18, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  24. Fred

    Of course if Bill Maher or some other Idiot like racist Al Sharpton said that it would be no big deal...if the new Black Panthers said that about Bush or Romney it would again be no big deal....democrats are such sleazy hypocrites...

    April 18, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  25. tjohn

    What GOPers dont understand is that america today is not like america yesterday. People with extreme ideology like this have no place in our ever changing civilized world. If you dont like the policies of the administration, you vote against it.
    the fbi should keep a close eye on this uncivilzed idiot.Remember, the future belongs to the non -violent.

    April 18, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
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