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. GhostColin

    Although I personally believe Nugent is nothing more than a harmless idiot, the problem is that there are enough wackos in the world to heed his violent call and potentially do something. Even though Manson never killed anyone, he was rightfully held responsible for the people who did. If Nugents incendiary remarks incite someone to do something, he needs to be held responsible as well.

    April 18, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Jewels

    I never knew until now that he was a draft dodger until now. I saw him interviewed on Piers and thought he was an arrogant, overbearing, nutty dude....People look to him as one with "words of wisdom"?

    April 18, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Andrew

    Did you see the hilljacks watching his radio show? It looked like a tea party biker/lumberjack rally. The people Ted preaches to would never vote anything but republican anyways.

    April 18, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. sortakinda

    Is this supposed to make people vote for Romney? A lot of people wouldn't mind Nugent taking either or both of the alternatives he promises.

    April 18, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Cold_Hard_Facts

    Advocating killing Americans, how patriotic. What's the difference between Ted Nugent and Al Queda again?

    April 18, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. vdanker

    Karl Rove, Ted Nugent, Mitt Romney, it just doesn't get any better for Obama's second term.

    April 18, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. vdanker

    And as far as his "death or prison" statement: would anyone really care?

    April 18, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Anthony

    Threatening federal officials with injury is a federal crime. The Secret Service and the F.B.I. should be in touch with Nugent soon.

    April 18, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Taran

    I think Ted should have kept his opinion to himself. He did not do the GOP any good with his statement. But then again I also think the rest of the hollywood liberals should keep their irrelevant opinions to theirselves as well. I heard on the news this morning that the secret service has decided to take a break from their "extra curricular activities" to investigate The Nuge.

    April 18, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. coy4one

    Nugent's been dead for years in the public limelight, so why is this news?

    April 18, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Britannia

    Slitty eyes, snarling mouth – says it all really doesn't it?

    April 18, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Rob

    This is where you end up when you become consumed with hate. Let's call it Nugentland.

    April 18, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |

    Mr. Nugent is exactly right; something needs to happen before the US is destroyed by this false leader obama. Be prepared, be very prepared!

    April 18, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. B Jean

    Ted Nugent has always been and will always be a PIG.

    April 18, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. Darlis

    Sounds like a win/win situation the Country, either path Mr. Nugent chooses.. vile is what he is.

    April 18, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Indyswimmer66

    Well... he'd better get ready for a tough decision.

    April 18, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. Maddie

    Like Romney is better than Obama. Neither is a good choice, so Ted, it's not worth it. I will vote this year but not for either of them.

    April 18, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. PoBoy

    What a worthless, pathetic idiot. He did too many drugs while he was making that fake rock music!

    April 18, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. Brechhh....

    Nuge has always been a nutbag. He needs to stay in the woods and kill helpless animals and keep his constantly running mouth shut.

    April 18, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Ana

    Mr. Nugent will probably be dead by mid november then...good riddance!!!

    April 18, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. Cynthia

    First, Rick Santorum proudly states that he bought his sick, disabled, 3 yr. old daughter a lifetime membership to the NRA. A glock for Christmas, maybe? Bullets in her stocking??
    Now, right on cue, Ted Nugent spills his guts, poops his diapers again and makes threats, generally making America look pretty creepy.
    Hint; If Pres. Obama wins re-election it's because the people wanted it that way.

    April 18, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  22. Virginiaham

    Does anyone remember Gabby Gifford and the people who died?

    April 18, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. GawdOfThunder

    Mr 'one-hit-wonder' is one crazy ass'd redneck. Why report anything this person says? He had his 15 minutes of fame.

    April 18, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. Realistic85

    I love seeing all the crazy conservatives who thing this fool is somehow justified. Being a tea party member it just proves how irrelivant the tea party is. Just a band of crazy anarchists clinging to their guns scared of having to live in a united states rather than nazi Germany. They are so pathetic it's laughable.

    April 18, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. Jacques W Soukup

    Who is he and what did he sing anyway? Attention to a one hit wonder, an aging rockabilly whose claim to fame is being on the NRA Board. Don't they just attract some beauties?

    April 18, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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