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. Jack Kelliher

    I wonder who will bear the responsibility if this nut-job does, in fact, go on a gun rampage after the re-election, and no steps were taken to stop him?

    It seems pretty clear that he intends to do something both illegal and violent, so leaving him alone until then, to run amok, probably to harm innocent people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, would be malfeasance.

    Freedom of speech does not extend to yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded building, or to making none-too-subtle threats of violence if an election doesn’t go one’s way.

    I think he needs a sit-down and a heart-to-heart with either Homeland or the Secret Service.

    April 18, 2012 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Why hasn't Ted Nugent been arrested for threatening the life of the President? There cannot be one standard for crazy celebrities and another for the less well known crazies. Nugent need to trade his cowboy clothes for an orange jumpsuit.

    April 18, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |

    Posterboy for the unhinged already desperate GOBP. Keep talking wingnuts. It's gold for our great President.

    April 18, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  4. John

    Hey, Ted, why wait? You do know he will be reelected, don't you? So just shoot yourself now, nobody will notice anyway.

    April 18, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  5. dave richman

    Ted does little to help the cause when he rants like this.

    April 18, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  6. Peanut

    This is a prime example of a Faux news junkie.
    Uneducated,with big mouth.

    April 18, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  7. dave richman

    @An Educated Man - Your opinions reflect poorly on those with education.

    April 18, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    NUGENT ISN'T THE PROBLEM. It is the nearly 16 Trillion Dollar Federal debt and all the other problems in the country. The Fisaco at the GSA "Conference" and the Secret Service screwup are only a few of the problems that need serious repair. WISE UP PEOPLE.

    April 18, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  9. Grahame Rhodes

    I just love this.
    The Good old boys of the NRA and their buddies in the GOP. HA!
    Sliding down the razor blade of life.
    Never mind, you can always move to a small plot of land in Guiana and be safe from the big scary US government..............

    April 18, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  10. Robert

    I love the way that, in the absense of a real affront to them, they create one and try to pin it on Obama. I am a gun owner and have not seen one single thing done by the Obama administration to infringe on my 2nd Amendment rights. The NRA has become to gun owners what PETA has to animal rights. An over the top, hyperbolic Joke.

    April 18, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  11. nokoolaidcowboy

    Sean Hannity will bail him out. Ted Knucklehead Hugent is irrelevant in the entertainment industry and now you see why.

    April 18, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  12. Paul

    The NRA should boot him and vow to never give him a platform again. A Vietnam draft dodger that spent a month soiling himself so he could get a deferment. When the chips were down 'ol Ted was too scared to pick up a real machine gun and fight for his country.

    Typical chicken hawk republican!

    April 18, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  13. vietnamvet

    And this is the kind of trash romney collects. Do we want someone who represents the nazi party to be president?

    April 18, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  14. Terry

    Ted Nugent should be a poster boy when schools want to show young students what the impact of extended drug use can do to your brain. In the meantime, this fool has landed himself on the National Watch List of the FBI and Secret Service.

    April 18, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  15. flatulence

    The Nuge is on the right track!

    April 18, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  16. flatulence

    Amazes me how those who own guns legally usually never use them for violent crimes. Blacks and others that obtain them illegally are responsible for the homicides and other mayhem purposefully caused by discharging guns in hostile ways!!!

    April 18, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  17. Mark Taylor

    Nugents recent rants show him to be "thinking" like a Timothy McViegh orAnders Behring Breivik. Jail seems like a good option. The things he's said should land him there and quickly.

    April 18, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  18. Steve

    "Joe From Ted Nugent in 2007:

    SEAN HANNITY: But you can't say — you can't threaten the president of the United States. I would think you agree with that.

    TED NUGENT: You think? Yes, you know, we disagreed with a lot of administrations in the past, but none of our rhetoric included, you know, threatening lives. These guys are over the top. But they're lunatic fringe that even your average Democrat liberal doesn't agree with. But, unfortunately, nobody is silencing these guys, or not necessarily silencing, but condemning this outrageous violence that they're recommending."

    Teddy seeking another deferment from serving his country? Try Obama Derangement Syndrome, Teddy. It's a republican thing. 😉

    April 18, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  19. vietnamvet

    Great statement from a "supporter" of our military. When it was time to fight for his country, he ran the other way. I think its funny how hippocrites like him gather the trash of the country and threaten the system they say they support.

    April 18, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  20. jaygorzy

    Ted Nugent dead or in jail? it's hard for me to choose which sounds better.

    April 18, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  21. taylor

    i would rather have my head cut off, to have to listen to his music. Him and his music sucks.

    April 18, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  22. Jules

    Nugent gunning for PR. He's so over except to the extreme right wing fringe. Romney should have been out on this immediately – not someone from his campaign – Romney himself. Does he have the guts to stand up to this whack job? We shall see – it's getting late already – soon it will be too late and it will look like Romney approves of this kind of violent talk against the President of the United States.

    April 18, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  23. Lee

    Uncle Ted is such a character. He is just saying what everyone else is thinking, and all of you know it. Obama is not the only problem in the government. Actually he is only a small problem. The president is nothing more than a puppet for the ruling powers to prance around and say whatever they want him to say. Obama has little power in the government. Those with the power hide behind a veil that we can't see behind, so it's difficult for us to root them out.

    April 18, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  24. itmattersnot

    hey dude with one hit! which jail should we send cards too?

    April 18, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  25. Dj Quimby

    Go Ted Go !!! Looking forward to seeing your obituary.

    April 18, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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