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. John

    Oh nice pic of Ted Looks like a rat about too get his cheese

    April 17, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Dee

    I believe this guy has crossed the line this type of rhetoric and hatred we do not need the Secret Service needs to be sitting at his door.

    I can say this we can disagree with him but we need to respect him as the President of the US there has been a lot said and you can read through the lines but I have also heard if something was to happen to this President it will be like a Third World War. This stuff is scary and the Republican Party needs to tone it done.

    April 17, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. GaryB

    Yep, just another drug addled voice from the conservative elite media.

    April 17, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. nilla

    hamsta, I have done none of those things. I also am not part of OWS.

    But you're right – it's ok to do whatever the heck you want and say whatever the heck you want, no matter how bad. As long as the other side is worse, you're still the "good guys". I know this is true because it's how my young children justify their actions.

    April 17, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. DC Observer

    And Debbie Wasserman jumps all over romney - as if this has aNYTHING TO DO WITH THE gop OR ROMNEY -- gIVE IT A REST dEBBIE -- Maybe if Obama gave back the $1 million from Bill Maher we'd take you and your double standards more seriously

    April 17, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Ambrose Smith

    Washed up rocker who hasn't had a hit since the late 70s needs to say outrageous things to stay in the spotlight. This is the same dude who pooped his pants to stay out of the draft and who went to court to fight paying child support to a groupie who had his child. Yeah, he has room to talk.

    April 17, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. JD

    There you have it. Ted Nugent is the "intellectual" core of the Tea Party movement.

    April 17, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. charlesName

    He's went killing animals to killing people. WOW!!!!

    April 17, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Ferathka

    This guy is a nutjob just like a most of the Teapublicans. All they do is listen to soundbytes and ignore fact. This man has the right say what he wants no matter how wrong he is. I would like to know where the outrage is over this? Oh wait he is a White Male...nevermind.

    April 17, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Chris

    I really have to scold Ted for being out of uniform while saying these things. Was his white robe and pointy hood in the cleaners?

    April 17, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Marley

    If you don't know, Nutgent doesn't have health insurance. That's why he is mad.

    April 17, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Carlton

    A punk ass who dodged war!

    April 17, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Iconoclast

    I pray he will follow through with his promise when Obama gets reelected. Guarantee you he won't though because that's the way of redneck cowards. Jeez what a washed up has been (or a never was).

    April 17, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    Love the name calling libs, now Nugent is crazy, paranoid, while all the weirdos, crooks, dope smokers and welfare frauds that support democrat liberals are sane. Still have yet to see any of the liberally biased media report the hypocrisy of Debbie Wasserman Schultz calling for Romney to disclose his income tax returns, while refusing to disclose hers. But then again that is democrat liberal hypocrisy isn't it.

    April 17, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Rick 7809

    I don't know why some sections of the public believe that if you were somewhat famous 20 years ago, or if you are a "reality" TV star, or if you are head of some right or left wing group of wackos that your opinion has enough validity to make a news story out of it. He wasn't even that good of a "rocker".

    April 17, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Washed up rocker

    How is it that a guy who wrote a couple of crappy songs 30+ years ago is relevant in any way?? I think he should just put the hood on and reveal who he really is.
    Sorry Ted, you're pointless and completely a waste of space and air. Oh, also how is it that a draft dodger has anything to say about being an American???!

    April 17, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Texasmike

    The bravery that comes from a crowd of cowards. I hope this guy gets put in jail sooner than later. Threats of viloence are a crime, Ted.

    April 17, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. John Yard

    Just another neo-fascist. Nugent is in the same bed as the fanatic on trial in Norway who murdered almost 80 unarmed
    civilians . Hint : he claims "self-defense".

    April 17, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Someone's off his Haldol. Good. Keep on representin' them good-ole-boy GOPer/Teatroll uhpinions, there Nuge: liberals couldn't ask for help from a better image wrecker. Maybe next time you can bite the head off a live chicken, sacrifice a goat or crucify a kitten or something....really drive home the point that you're a bunch of bigotted, undereducated, ideologue nutjobs with a heavy inclination to react violently towards anything you don't understand or that threatens your echo-chambered hivemind wishlist of how reality is supposed to work, despite all of reality's feedback that you're wrong.

    April 17, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Scott O' Canada

    Is Ted Nugent – currently known as irrelevent – offering up a promise or a threat. Ted, your grumpy and old, man. Perfect for the GOP (Grumpy Old People). Now, back to the old folks home, it's nap time.

    April 17, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Palin Power

    Ted Nugent would be much better off supporting Sarah Palin for president instead of Mittens.

    April 17, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Ivan Bial

    can anyone say old has been

    April 17, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. christina knight

    I can now consider myself a former fan of Ted Nugent's music. It would appear that his brain has been in a 'Stranglehold' and perhaps a mental evaluation is 'Just What The Doctor Ordered'. Maybe he should be committed to the 'Motor City Madhouse'.

    April 17, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. George

    Ted, you're not going to be missed.

    April 17, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |

    OBAMA 2012!!!!

    April 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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