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. Slystyles

    This is a indirect threat on the president and everyone in this country know this. I remember when I was in the military station in Germany, there was command directive from the highest command that said, ”make it clear that if anyone was caught saying anything negative about the President (Bush), they will face UCMJ. THIS PRESIDENT HAVE BEEN CALLED A LIE IN PUBLIC FORM, FINGER POINTED IN HIS FACE, NOW THREATEN publicly and much more, but nothing is done about it.

    April 18, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. Patriot

    Let me rephrase for Ted: "Give me liberty or give me death".

    April 18, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  3. kmac

    Let him watch the proceedings from the pen. Teddy would make some guy a lovely girl friend.

    April 18, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  4. aztekman

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a hypocrit

    April 18, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Get a job Hippies

    Well obama got what he wanted folks to focus on something other than the corruption in his administration and their lack of sympathy for mothers who stay home to raise their families. The master of misdirection is at it again.

    April 18, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  6. Scott S.

    Too bad. I like "Cat Scratch Fever." Dude's lost his marbles.

    April 18, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  7. daveF

    What cess pool was this wacjob racist hatched rom? Oh yes, he's a Romney supporter.

    April 18, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  8. AR15

    Ted has slurped the Kool Aid (or tea)! Wow. Such complete ignorance. "Dead Ted" in 2013? That's okay with me.

    April 18, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  9. Dave - Phx

    If Ted hates this country so much he should leave. Ted your commander in cheif and president is a black man, get over it racist.

    April 18, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. Reddog9500

    The Motor City Madman has truly gone mad. He should see Doctor Demento.

    April 18, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  11. Baffled

    t's been known for years that Ted Nugent ought to be in a straight jacket, so why the media gives him even a minute of time discussing his rants is baffling. A self-proclaimed "patriot", here's how he accomplished his draft avoidance: "30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked with excrement and urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment." I, for one, vote for a more civil and gentlemanly discourse in this election. Please...

    April 18, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. Lucky18

    Nugent is a "has been"...No one listens to old rockers, especially the ones that are unattractive!

    April 18, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  13. Julian

    Ted Nugent should be arrested for the dumb remarks about the president. Why wil the NRA even let these fools get away with this, I wonder if all of the nra members feel the same way. If someone had said that about bush they would demanding all kinds of apologise. These right-wing people have lost there minds.

    April 18, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  14. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Once a hick always a hick, and your so called music sucks

    April 18, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. invisible man

    too many db's, Tedly. Zappa said it best- "Shut up and play yer guitar!)

    April 18, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  16. Bob Loblaw

    He should change his name to Turd Nugent

    April 18, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  17. Anonymous

    This is helping Obama. The majority of Americans don`t feel this way about Obama,the election results will back that up. The youth of today aren`t on the level of hate and bigotry of their grandparents and parents.

    April 18, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  18. Dj Quimby

    Hope to see Ted soon on Hannity or Billo the clown O'reily

    April 18, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  19. Killdeer

    I'm fairly certain that you are going to have to put your money where your mouth is on this one, Teddie.

    April 18, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. joe dokes

    Every time morons like Ted Nugent open their mouths to spew a little hate, they ensure an Obama victory. You want to disagree with Obama's policies? Fine. But trying to turn him into the anti-Christ is intensely juvenile. Nugent sounds like a 12-year old... but not a very smart 12-year old. The right claims we shouldn't care what actors have to say about politics. OK, fine. So why should we care what has-been rockers have to say about politics?

    April 18, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  21. Too Damn Bad......

    .....I've always loved his music, but his idiocy is showing itself. Steady Teddy needs to go into hibernation for awhile and sleep it off.

    April 18, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  22. fintastic

    Death to Teddy? Now I REALLY want Obama to win!!!

    April 18, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  23. nlsme

    Why, we have more access to guns under Obama than we did under Bush. Gun and ammo sails have sky-rocketed. There are also fewer government employees on the taxpayer dole. We finished the war in Iraq, we got Osama. ALL things that monkey Bush couldn't do. Why does the GOP hate Obama so blindly? That's right, he is black. Yes, it is race that is causing theies. IE, Obama wants to abolish the second amendment. Obama is going to turn this country socialist....News flash, not only is that woefully ignorant, but Romney is JUST as liberal as Obama. But, he is white.

    April 18, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  24. Chelopez54

    GTA, I LOVE that comment, I told him to take Trump with him, after reading the comments I forgot to add Rush Limbaugh to it.
    Someone arrest that man for saying kill the President. Rid us of the idiots like this. George Zimmerman too!

    April 18, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  25. don

    are you people really that polital correct?..what the guy said had nothing to do with "killing' anyone. he was voicing his opinion on gun control.then again this is the "new" america're not supposed to be able to do that without pleasing everyone..including our dictator..err.i mean president!

    April 18, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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