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. Alex

    In other news Obama's support just skyrocketed.

    April 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. BettyDalton

    I am a GOPer – voted for McCain – however, after getting to know the new face fo the Republican Party – Ted, his half sister Palin, big brother Rush, and Middle brother Newt. There is something wrong with this GOP Party of mine. ALL THEY ARE PREACHING IS HATE? WHY? All the lies, WHY? Is this the only thing you can do to win an ELECTION??? And Mitt Romney Wants the Blessing of these people>>>> Keep it up GOP – you lost my vote already.

    April 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. submandave

    The only "death" to which I hear Nugent refer is his own. If you want to say his comments are over the top or paranoid, I might agree, but it is obvious to me that his comment included the assumption that the Obama government would come for his guns and he would end up "dead or in jail." Don't you remember Ruby Ridge?

    Oh well, I guess any distortion or misreading that supports your pro-Obama re-election narrative that his opposition is dangerous and crazy is fit to print.

    April 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Desert1

    Hes sounds as crazy as the people we are fighting overseas and I cannot believe the Secret Service has not hauled old Ted in for a come to your senses or go to jail meeting,if it was any other president it would have already been done and if i were Romney I would distance myself from old crazy outhouse rat Ted.

    April 18, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Mike

    This is like the Cross Hairs that Palin put on demacrat members of congress in 2010. Then some whack job goes and shoots Congress woman Gifford. If this kind of hate speech is permitted another idiot might get motivated to do something stupid. Romney is a coward for not speaking out against Nugents remarks asap!

    April 18, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. BLKMANinAmerica

    Interesting...................................racists in America have "freedom" of speech but someone who is NOT racist can not exercise their freedom of speech. WHY?

    April 18, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Lunatic's on Parade !

    I can't believe this guy thinks that he is helping Mitt Romney ! If anything he just made independent's and people who were on the fence want to vote for President Obama even more ! Keep talking Nugent , Romney will lose by double digit's !

    April 18, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Rob

    Debbie Wasserman Shultz and many of the Dem apparatchiks have absolutely NO right to cry crocodile tears & feign disgust after some of the things they've said!!!!


    April 18, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. davedave2

    Our President launched the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. The Bush GOP Depression is being slowly turned around. What is this lunatic talking about?

    April 18, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Michael

    "Cat Scratch Fever" is at it again. He was an idiot rocker then and remains an idiot. An IQ well below 50 points.

    April 18, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. lisa

    Ted Nugent should be added to the "Watch List" of the Federal Police,and Secret Service. " His comments was a "Threat to our President,and all decent "Americans"!!!!! He belongs in jail, no doubt!!!! OMG!!!!!

    April 18, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Alex

    I remember some liberals saying the exact same thing – they'd be dead or in jail, with the ante upped to include the world being a radioactive cinder – if G.W. Bush was elected and later re-elected. Last I looked most of them are still walking upright. This is fear mongering of the worst sort. Anyone who thinks the election of anyone in the United States is going to directly threaten their lives needs their head examined. The US is not Iran or North Korea or Syria, and there is no way it can become so because of the political system both Democrats and Republicans have developed over the last 236 years.

    April 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Dave

    I am a gun owner and I wish Ted Nugent would find some other cause to support, because he's an embarrassment and makes us all look bad. Obama hasn't come to take my guns away. Nor will he. It's all hysteria the NRA spews to drum up gun sales... and that's fine with me, I'm all for gun ownership, but I am getting a little tired of our supposed "spokespeople" treating us like idiots. It's getting insulting.

    As far as the election goes, I'm not a major fan of Obama, but he's far better than the alternative. Republicans are becoming a party of theocratic loons, and I don't trust them to be in charge of the economy, or my rights. Democrats aren't great, but at this point in time they are definitely the lesser of two evils. Ted Nugent's not doing Romney any favors. I'm not sure why he's still got an audience, anyway... he hasn't put out a decent album in decades. He should shut up about politics and go back to playing "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever" at county fairs for the dozen or so people who still want to hear 'em.

    By the way, if you ever considered sending your child to "Uncle Ted's Kamp For Kids," you better take a listen to the lyrics of "Jailbait" before you trust them around this guy.

    April 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. TheTruth

    You know as a person on wall street, Obama has mostly done all the right things. the Market is in alot better shape then what Bush drove it down to. The Bush Tax cuts caused this mess, and there are alot of unemployeed out there still because of the Bush Tax cuts. I voted GOP last 4 elections, but my 401K is the best it has ever been. Ted does not know what he is talking about. If you are well educated, you would know that it takes a heck of a LONG time to get out of a recession, wont happen over night. And you have to ask yourselft, why didnt big business push back on the HealthCare Act – Because in the long run, it is going to benefit them most, reducing their cost. And the Republicans are blaming the problem on Illiegal imagration, when, they support outsourcing? Crazy stuff.

    The only thing I can figure, is that like someone on this board said, it is a skin color thing. Ted doesnt like POTUS skin color.

    April 18, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Billie

    This is no worse than some of what the whack jobs on the left have said yet here it is making news on CNN. It's Ted Nugent for crying out loud. What happened to "he's just an entertainer" or "he's just a comedian". I guess anyone with a conservative point of view doesn't get the same free pass as Maher and his cronies. I seem to remember many vicious verbal attacks directed at Bush. Short memories, my friends.

    April 18, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Bob

    In the past, Ted Nugent has gone on record as an animal lover.

    So he's into bestiality? That figures for a draft dodging punk like him.

    April 18, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Wynter if you would take your head out of your ass just long enough to see daylight then maybe you would see all of the vile things this non-eligible president and his puppetmaster soros has done.

    April 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. TheTruth

    Romney Wants Ted's Blessing to run for POTUS. NO LIE.

    April 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. The King

    Rombot is formulating output condition....... Rombot is formulating output condition.......
    Rombot output: "Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil"

    April 18, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. James Scranton

    What gets me is the repubs don't condem this as a threat of terrorist action by a rocker who has gotten out of control once more Romney who is running for president doesn't give a harsh rebuke to rants of a nut job what does he think he is it just a shame that over past 40yrs since Reagan was in we have become uncivil towards no more respect either. We have to tuen things around before its to late!!

    April 18, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. John

    this is exactly the kind of representation the republican party needs, i hope it is made clear all across this land, this is the kind of person the that is at the core of the right.

    April 18, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Trixietick

    Don't we have enough problems in this country without another lunatic on the loose?

    April 18, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. hvlock

    Ted only does caned hunts. Not a real man my any means. The NRA should be ashamed to have him even speak their name, or Initials. I don't know about his singing but seen clips on the news of him playing the guitar, He need practice, lots of practice. He sounds a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

    April 18, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Keeping it Real


    Not all Democrats are evil. But most evil people tend to vote Democrat.

    April 18, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. brian

    It's a shame if he isn't treated like any other citizen making veiled threats to the President. Being king of the rednecks shouldn't make him above the law.

    April 18, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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