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. Fred

    I'm Hispanic and I'm voting for Romney !!!! We need to tighten our borders up...Too many drug cartel members and criminals and rapists and killers and child molesters are coming across the border everyday...enough is enough....

    April 18, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  2. Sean D

    "Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    The silence from the GOBP is deafening. Ted Nugent appeals to their ever-shriveling base of supporters, so just like Rush Dumbo, not a word can be heard condemning these ignorant loud mouth racists. Own it, GOBP! Stand up and be proud, these are your supporters!"

    Ummmm... Okay. I stand up and am proud these are my/our supporters. I would MUCH rather have loud mouths like Uncle Ted going over board with his comments then to have to listen to Sarah Silverman or Forest Gump rant and rave about abortion or "it getting better." Talk about your ignorant, loud mouthed, biased, naive, only in it for their own cause, think they have a voice because they "act," mouth pieces. The Left Hollywood whiners are still top of the moron totem pole all the way.

    April 18, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  3. Sunny

    Dead or in jail? Good riddance.

    April 18, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  4. dlg

    Its ok to disagree and have different views of opinions, that's what makes us unique. But to make remarks as Ted did is beyond repulsive and pure hatred and evil. At the end of the day, if everyone takes the time to put themselves in someone else's shoes, they would feel (and say) differently. Obama is someone's child, someone's husband, father, brother, etc. Ted should step back and ask himself how will my mother/father, wife, child, etc if someone was to make those same remarks about him. If people take the time relate to other people, this world would be so much better. At the core of us all, we are the same.

    April 18, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  5. WorldCares

    This footage was extreme.
    No problem with NRA.
    Unfortunately, there is no gun control.
    Anyone can get a gun,
    Ted, one thing good I will say.
    My next door neighbor's son joined the Reserves when he was 18 and was deployed to Afghanistan 4 months later.
    You performed over there and signed his guitar. From what I understand, he got to get up on stage and perform with you.
    He came home with nightmares but I saw where you signed his guitar.
    When he was 10 years old, he would come over and sing to my Mother when she was ill.
    After my Mother passed on in 1997, I listened to him sing, wite his own songs. He would sit outside , on the front porch and play and sing. What a joy that was .
    You made an impact on his life during his tour of duty.
    I will always be thankful to you for that.
    I thank you for what you have done for our soldiers.

    April 18, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  6. W.G.

    These NRA sponcered tirades of Ted Nugent only prove my point ! The NRA is host to omly the most
    vile Un-American homegrown terrorists we have ! Ted Nugent is no American he and the NRA represents
    everything bad about America !

    April 18, 2012 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  7. ufadoof

    Ahhh yes. The old Obama is going to take away our 2nd Amendment rights. Apparently teahadists haven't noticed Obama has been president for over 3 years now. Question: Don't you think he might have done that already? You folks are as thick as they come.

    April 18, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  8. WorldCares

    "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Am I, any questions?" Nugent said.
    Vote OBAMA.

    April 18, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  9. Scott

    This sounds like a direct threat to the President of the United States. Ted Nugent needs to be investigated by the Secret Service.

    April 18, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  10. Possum

    Yikes. Too late for an abortion – looks like we need to bring back the lobotomy. Poor nutjob Ted. He's trying so hard to hang on to his glory days. Poor, poor Ted.

    April 18, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  11. Patrick

    So thus far, the on;y gun legislation theObama admiistration has passed has reduced restrictions on carrying concealed weapons on Federal property. How exactly are they trying to restrict your gun rights, nitwits? You people do an awful lot of whinng for supposed tough guys, and you never actually point out any specific policy you are opposed to. Makes it easy to believe you're all just terrified of a black guy with power. Go ahead and get a gun to protect yourself...sounds like you are wussy enugh to need one.

    April 18, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  12. Mad Cow

    Don't forget that Ted Nugent and Mitt Romney are both draft evaders. Ted filled his pants with human waste for a week before his draft physical, and Mitt Mormney took a vacation in France to proselytute for his Mormon Church.
    Mitt's five sons have never served in the military either.

    April 18, 2012 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  13. Mad Cow

    Mitt Romney and Ted Nugent are both draft evaders.
    Mitt Romney's five sons have never served in this country's military.

    April 18, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  14. Mad Cow

    Don't forget that Ted Nugent and Mitt Romney are both draft evaders. Ted filled his pants with human waste for a week before his draft physical, and Mitt Mormney took a vacation in France to proselytute for his Mormon Church.
    Mitt's five sons have never served in the military either.

    April 18, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  15. jellylee20202

    "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Am I, any questions?" Let's start with yours.

    April 18, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  16. ohmy

    He must be suffering from 'cat-scratch fever"..what rational person cares what this has-been has to say?

    April 18, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  17. Mike

    When I read these comments, I fear for America's future. I really do. Sad.

    April 18, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  18. Sloan Newman

    I think we are all well aware that Nugent has done little with his career over the past few decades. And that his anger is just a sad attempt to find a way for attention, much like a child throwing a tantrum. However, we, Americans, do tend to forget that the United States of America has some of the most lenient gun control laws for a first world country and even with all of the NRA fears the Democrats still have no plans to outlaw guns.

    April 18, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  19. paulbark

    This is the best reason yet to vote for Obama.

    April 18, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  20. maggie

    Very tepid response from the Romney campaign considering the "outrage" from the Romney camp over Rosen's benign comments. Leadership? what leadership? Bubba knows where his bread is buttered and as president, Mr. Plastic would be nothing more than their drone.

    April 18, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  21. maggie

    Really obvious points and questions

    How come this is the top of the political ticker 6 hours later?
    Oh right, b/c CNN wants you to think Mr. Nugent represents the majority of republicans.

    I dunno. Why were the Romney's so outraged over the Rosen comments that they were on CNN for days after? CNN doesn't need to have anyone think Nugent represents a majority of Republicans. He does. When a large margin of Republicans are going to hold their noses to vote for Romney or "anyone but Obama" that says it all. Why bother thinking?

    April 18, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  22. maggie

    RetiredVet said:

    The left wing liberal "sheeple" don't like what you said Ted, I guess they don't know that Obama and his crew are trying to obolish the 2nd Amendment.
    From one service member to another, I'm glad you are retired and not serving next to me.

    April 18, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  23. Jack kelliher

    So, if Obama's re-elected in November, Nugent vows to be dead or in jail within a year?

    Sounds like a win – win scenario for everyone . . .

    April 18, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  24. Obama 2012

    If anyone where to ask him what the President has done to garner so much heated rhetoric... he would have a Hank Williams jr. Moment right there on the spot. And I am not a fan of your music either.

    April 18, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  25. Kuato Lives

    Sometimes brain damage is funny. Case in point.

    April 18, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
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