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. Gilward

    The stock market in up and job are coming back, let us keep "EL PRESIDENTE OBAMA" in office for 4 more years. It's obvious the man is an "idiot" that is looking for attention.

    April 18, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. MeatyPortion

    Ted Nugent hasn't been relevant for years, in music or politics. This is his final struggle for recognition.

    April 18, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. G D

    Uncle Ted, have you no sense at all? Obama has not touched gun rights or anything else that would infringe on your idealic life as a stalker of prey on your many lands. Good on you for that part, and you have that right because you live in the USA. Obama hasn't changed any of that.

    April 18, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. hilreal

    YAWN!! Bring Sarah or Michelle back, they are at nice to look at.

    April 18, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Mikey

    Where is the outrage on the right about these comments? Where are the apologies? Where are the denounciations? Compare this to all their outrage last week about the poorly worded comment regarding that actual fact that Ann Romney has never held a job outside the home. Rosen's comment generated nonstop criticism from the right and on this much, much, much worse comments.... crickets? And they wonder why so many Americans think the GOP and right wing media are one big joke these days?

    April 18, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. VT_Citizen

    Aww Ted, your such a tease. Do you absolutely promise to go to jail or die when we re-elect the President?

    April 18, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Vic of New York

    My mom used to say: "Show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are". With trash like Ted Nugent for a friend, the Romney family certainly are telling us who they are. Gee, "How cool is that?"

    April 18, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. andrea thelin

    I'm going to burn all my ted nugent cds. I will not ever play his music in my house again. I think he's crazy and totally irresponsible for making comments like that. He's like a little baby crying cause he's not getting enough attention. I'm sick of all the racist fanatics that call themselves patriots. They are harming our country

    April 18, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. nell

    Rosen was crucified for what she said.

    April 18, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Joshua

    Well lets hold Ted true to his statement when Mitt Romney loses in November. One less idiot to deal with the better, not a big loss.

    April 18, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. KRQ

    I think he should be brought up on treason charges!

    April 18, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. curtis carson

    Mitt Romney and his supporters threaten to kill the President of the US. Mitt Romney and Ted Nugent both will reap what they sow. Mitt Romney got so much money that he can hide his dirties rhetorics under it. Romney have not said anything about bring peace among the people, but aways about our grandchildren money, what about the people who don't have any grandchildren and want their fair share from the Goverment now.

    April 18, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Chuck

    There is so much truth in what Ted said that you can not disagree with him. If you were to sugar coat it, it may sound like any other republican candidate bashing his opponant and his satff. Ted was known as a 70's rocker that was a madman on the stage because of his over the top personality, NOT because of drugs and alcohol. He had tremendous success as a musician and is undoubtedly an advocate for the first and second ammendment. As Americans, we should accept his rants as his opinions. If you don't agree, say so in whatever manner you wish. But don't make up crap about Ted just because you don't like what he said.

    April 18, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. teena

    so when a democrat says anything negative about Mitten's wife, the republican pundits go crazy, but when a republican bad mouths the president or talks about killing in the same sentence the quiet is deafening!
    Here we go again with the double standard practiced by the "do as I say not as I do" Republicans!

    April 18, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    Apologists for Ted Nugent are just as warped as he is,.. why should the media not make a big deal out of this?.. I didn't hear you wingnuts chastise CNN for reporting on the Hilary Rosen comments. You don't like being called out and exposed for what you are,.. suck it up, and get used to it,.. the American people are on to you and your hateful agenda.

    April 18, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. R16249

    Great rant ted, thanks for swaying more peoples view to vote exactly opposite of you. I know what Mitt Romney will do if he wins the election, he will reverse everything that the Obama Administration has completed and go back to the bush policies. Why not? He made an absolute killing in that economy. He will overturn the estate tax very quickly as well. With investment earnings like Romneys, I wouldn't change a thing if I were him. Right?

    April 18, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. on StreetWise

    What could bump Sarah Palin off the news... Oh, wait a second, Ted Nuget just did it and he used the "cross hairs" of his own words.

    April 18, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Joseph

    Goldfinger has a nice song about Ted Nugent. I did not really get its meaning until now.

    April 18, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Ken

    And the Has-Been-Candidate wanted the support from this Has-Been Celebrity??
    When do we hear from the Has-Been-Candidate?? The silence is deafening!

    April 18, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Lani

    Who cares what Nugent has to say? He's always been an idiot, loud mouth, self absorbed, wannabe rocker. He's music even sucked!!

    April 18, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Megaweapon

    Ted Nugent is still alive? You are telling me that draft dodging moron is still alive? Go figure.

    April 18, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. AvgGuyinKansas

    Ah yes... Ol' Ted. A legend in his own mind. Now that you've had your fit of pique, Teddy, please go sit in the corner like a good little boy and let the rest of us adults enjoy a civil dialogue on the pros and cons of the President of the United State of America and his administration. And, while you're at it, Teddy, you might try singing on key for a change.

    April 18, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. paul

    Conservatives love to say, "Well, sure Nugent said he wanted to behead the president, but I heard a guy (must have been a Democrat) say that Mrs. Romney has never worked, so that makes it even"!!! Personally, I think the NRA is getting too big and could turn into a real problem. If there members actually act on some of the "hate" statements then the orgainzation should be held responsible.

    April 18, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Hitman

    Stay strong Ted. Don't let the libs push you around!

    April 18, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. mike

    He should be charge for being so stupid and put into a cage for the world to see what happen went your bain have overdose on drug over a number of years. This also shows what type of people the republicans/tea baggers and Romney associate with/people who call for the death of a US President. I think its time for the American people to stand up against the NRA once and for all,to let them know that we have has enough of their BS and their agenda of death in our society by guns that should not be on the streets by more and more nut cases.

    April 18, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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