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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  1. floyd

    Its dumb people like nickyscarfo that supports these republicans. Saying Ted Nugent was threatening suicide is realy dumb, explain the "in jail" part of that sentence. I guess if his suicide attempt fails he wiil be put in jail.
    I have always said that people who are democrats are too quick to jump on their own or opologise when they say something that the republicans think is wrong. see the difference in the way this statement is handled compared to the remarks made about Mrs Romney not working. The silence is defning, not a peep from Fox news, now tell me which statement is worse?

    April 18, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. king

    Its amazing how right wing folks can say anything and its acceptable, when but when Democrats make a slip of the youngish its a crisis

    April 18, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Larry L

    @DC Observer

    "President Obama's single largest contributor – Bill Maher – disgusting vulgar language thrown at women – just GOP women though"
    You're defending a guy who is threatening to kill the President of the United States. If you can't see the diference you need to turn off Fox News very, very quickly.

    April 18, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Smako

    Ted is a complete idiot. He is also a draft dodger and he has advocated drug abuse to an entire generation. Oh sure, he hides behind the American flag now. He calls anyone who doesn't stalk and kill their own bear for dinner a fool, then he goes out and says this?
    Stop smoking the rope you are swinging on.

    April 18, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Jay

    Madman Ted makes a perfect fit for the GOP and the NRA.

    April 18, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Cam519

    He may not intend to do it himself, but every time nugent opens his mouth in a public forum, he's doing it to rile the extreme gun-toting right into doing something more than just voting, and at some point one of them is going to follow his suggestions. Wheres the public moral outrage about repeated physical threats against the president and other democrats? And this is not the first time, or even the 10th. Whats more is that fox news and rightwing punditry keep going to this guy as a valued source of political opinion. Oh but then saying a set-for-life multimillionaires wife hasn't worked out in the public and apparently the whole country should be in an uproar.

    April 18, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Larry L


    "Once again an obscure story denigrating Republicans."
    Obscure story? This NRA Board Member threatens to kill the President of the United States and you think that's an "obscure story". Some bad meth must be floating around your trailer park.

    April 18, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Big D

    And the Republican party wonders why they are held in such disdain by the American people – it is whack jobs like this. Like so many others on this site, why hasn't this ingrate been brought in for questioning? He has made a threat against the President of the United States – this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable. And why hasn't Romney condemmed this action? Seems like the right thing to do since he wants to be POTUS . Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    April 18, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. jb1963

    I hope Ted rots in prison. No one really like him in the 70's now they hate him in the 21st century.

    April 18, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Larry L


    What a misleading headline!

    "Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November" suggests that he his threatening to kill Obama when Nugent was actually threatening suicide."
    No... you don't get sent to jail for a suicide attempt. "Chop their heads off"? Does that sound like suicide? The hateful, fearful, bigoted right-wing is delusional beyond belief.

    April 18, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. barb

    Did the loud mouth idiots in the republican/tea party learn or retain anything after sarah palin put gun scopes on her targeted congressman and senators that she wanted to get rid of and then Gabby Gifford and several innocent people are shot wounded and dead now this clown is out there doing the same thing; why isn't he in jail or is he hiding behind the free speech right as all the coward republicans do.

    April 18, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Anonymous

    He is begging to be jailed. Grant him his wish.

    April 18, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. larry adams

    He is no better than Jane Fonda, the country would be better off with both of them.

    April 18, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. voodoo

    This fool needs to stick to playing guitar and quit talking.

    April 18, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Jeff In Oregon

    Here is the core of the repugnican party. And they think they should be running the country? They lost my vote a long time ago. What a joke.

    April 18, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Ronald

    Yet another example of the extremists that the GOP/Tea Party attract.

    April 18, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. newz4i

    Each election cycle the GOP pulls out dangerous kooks. During Palin rallies of 2008 the nation heard, "Kill 'em." Here we go again ... and this time it was Mr. Romney who asked this guy for an endorsement. Nugent, "... ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." What kind of battlefield is Romney proposing? One where the safety of our lives will be in jeopardy in "OUR" voter booth?

    April 18, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Delilah

    Where is the outrage on the right? Such hypocrites! I have yet to see the GOP/righties call out their own on "anything". This iis a very serious threat against the President and left and right should be equally alarmed. Nugent is a washed up has been who NEVER had talent and he is an embarrassment to the state of Michigan.,

    April 18, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Observer

    Did Nugent PROMISE to keep his word?

    April 18, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Avoice

    I guess Ted Nugent has to get his name out there somehow since his music sux.

    April 18, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Just a citizen

    he's big in his own mind

    April 18, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Ben Dover

    Typical chickenhawk. He dodged the draft, joked about it and now he's a real "man". Lol

    April 18, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. gg

    what happened to the republican party--i don,t want to be within a 100 ft of this guy

    April 18, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Chaps55

    Here in Michigan,Ted's homestate,he still has a fan base. Mostly middle aged rednecks living in the desolate northwoods area of our state. He has,however,been a thorn in my side for years. This latest rant only serves to punctuate his ignorance and arrogance. Hope he gets investigated and prosecuted for this.

    April 18, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. hilreal

    I am missing the down side to this?

    April 18, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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