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. TonyInNYC

    You mean all I have to do to get rid of Ted Nugent is vote to re-elect President Obama? This is a very attractive incentive.

    April 18, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. Jennifer

    Hillary Rosen is the wicked witch of the west for her comments about Ann Romney, but this kind of rhetoric is acceptable??? Romney, get ready. You will be questioned about this, and often.

    April 18, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Datch

    I thought threats to kill the president were a crime. I assume he is being arrested?

    April 18, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Odin

    one more reason to vote for Obama

    April 18, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Who opened the gate? The Idiot's have walked In !

    This is what Fox New's and the Tea Party creates ! Plain old fashioned Bigotry and hatred ! Sorry Nugent but with your own word's , you just sealed your own fate ! It's sounding like the teaparty crowd is getting desperate because they know that Mitt Romney is losing ground by the day the more people learn about him ! I'm even more fired up now to cast my vote for President Obama !

    April 18, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. mrgus

    Why does the press even cover this irrelevant has been? Let's get back to real news-like the Kardashians! Now, get back to work.

    April 18, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. David

    Ted Nugent is as relevant as the cassette tape his last music was released on. I thought he was dead already.

    April 18, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Puddin

    Mitt Romney said "everyone needs to be civil." Really, when is he goint to start? Is it "civil" to tell a (any) president to "start packing." I think Romney should wait up on hiring the moving vans.

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

    This is the face of the NEW Republican Party – My GOP is dead and gone. And Mitt Romney is seaking Ted's blessing.??? Wow...

    April 18, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. Church of Suicidal

    Put my vote down for dead.

    April 18, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Sparko

    Promise Ted? One more reason to re-elect President Obama.

    April 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. James Scranton

    When are these idiot right wing nut jobs are going to learn you cannot just say your going to harm the president in anyway shape or form without being investigated by the secret service or the FBI, or end up in prison know matter who you are!!! I never did like Nugent and never will!!1

    April 18, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. vatoloke

    I used to like Ted Nugent with "Cat Scratch Fever" etc., then I grew up.

    April 18, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. dean

    Good idea Debbie blabbermouth Schultz I'll be donating more $$$$$ to Mitt today

    April 18, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. lyn

    This hateful man should be arrested for inciting assassination of our President, where are the FBI are they going to wait until this crasy supporter of Ronmey kill our dear President who has done a great job working hard everyday to help us the poor people who is struggling each day. Please arrest this insane man before he really ham our President. God bless our President the lord will keep you safe from the bunch of crasy GOP's who only want our President to fail .

    April 18, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. hingedlwnb

    This guy should be the keynote speaker at the GOP convention. <- Heard coming from the White House

    April 18, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. NancyClark

    I guess Ted believes if you are NOT WHITE you are NOT RIGHT. Ask him why he didnt serve in Vietnam War like my husband did? My Husband just Canceled his NRA membership. He/we want no part of this.

    April 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Robert Raulerson

    Third rate guitar picker. If Joe Satriani is a guitar picker Ted Nugent is a wannabee.

    April 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Randall

    Ted Nugent is an WASHED-UP IRRELEVANT HAS-BEEN NOBODY. But, to get his name in the news he thrown out stupid like how he's to to harm the President.

    So, my question to Mr Nugent is - Dead or in prison??? Really??? Please swear that you're telling us the truth!!! Better yet, Ted, just do us all a favor and die now. But, leaving the country forever and never returning would suffice. Please take Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh with you.

    Threatening OUR president is a serious offense that WE AMERICANS don't take lightly.

    April 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Anthony

    @Really?: Criticizing government official is one thing. Making threats such as "chop their heads off" is another. Moreover, threatening government officials of the United States with injury is a federal crime.

    April 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. th

    What a total moron. NRA members are insane.

    April 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. David

    Its America that will die. We have a muslim raised, muslim named president that has doubled our dept and used to go to American flag burnings before elected. Are we this brain dead to have him fool us twice? Hope meant hoax.

    April 18, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. some guy in New Hampshire

    Tell me how it qualifies as "conservative" to threaten to murder the president. This is radical extremism at its worst. Anyone listening to Nugent for political wisdom would expect a dentist to diagnose an illness or expect a priest to fix their car. Nugent makes mediocre music; that's what he's shown an ability to do. Expecting him to have anything to offer in other areas is foolish.

    April 18, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. NKBL

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

    Huh? I think Nugent's head is already gone.

    April 18, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. vatoloke

    Brought to you by the Fright Wing Faction of the GObP. Nuff said.

    April 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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