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. Loretta

    Hmmm......I wonder if the Secret Service should investigate Ed Schultz for the vile comments he said about former Vice President Cheney? If you want to get to know your president. Read his books. His thoughts about white ppl and standing with the Muslims re: if politically it changes. Everything is political today!

    April 18, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. MNTaxpayeros

    Knowing that, I support President Obama more than ever.

    April 18, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    Hey Ted....Democrats carry guns too!

    April 18, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. NotFooledByDistractions

    And yet, the coward, Mr. Romney remains silent and opinionless. Absolutely pathetic. The fact is that Willard actually went crawling to Nugent to solicit his endorsement. It's pathetic that Mr. Romney can't even defend and respect the office of the President, the office he hopes to hold. Funny, Nugent called himself a "patriot" – I don't think patriots threaten the life of the President, and I don't think patriots dodge the draft like Nugent did.

    Mr. Romney proves, once again, that he has no spine.

    April 18, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |

    Unhinged GOBP are desperate in April. Works for me

    April 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. ellid

    Ted Nugent just said, explicitly and publicly, that he would either be "dead or in jail" if the President is re-elected. If that isn't a threat to assassinate Obama, I don't know what is. "Disgraceful" doesn't begin to cover it – does this moron truly understand what he's said?

    April 18, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. dan5404

    I never heard any of Ted Nuent's music and had heard his name, but not with anything of importance. Now that he has made himself known to the world of politics, I'm glad to be able to completely dismiss him as a raving maniac that is perilously close to treason.

    April 18, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. BostonW

    Most of us conservatives are pretty embarrassed by people like Ted Nugent and Tea Party activists. We are in favor of small government, state's rights, family values, but not the kind of childish nonsense displayed by these "guns and Jesus" nut cases.

    April 18, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Emery

    should be filed in the Dictionary under "Butthurt Republican't". They are literally a dime a dozen now. They know Romney can't possibly beat Obama in November, so they resort to tactics like these. Pathetic.

    April 18, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Louis Merriken

    Ted is a coward who talks tough but avoided Vietnam. Just another loudmouth CHICKEN HAWK!!

    April 18, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Steve

    Looks like Romney has a running mate.

    April 18, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Buzz

    Nugent dead? If he really wants to make world a better place he could take some of his friends with Rush, Hannity, Cheney, Coulter, O'Reilly, Rumsfeld, Reed, etc. Wow, the possibilities are endless.

    April 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Mike

    So who is it, exactly, who is offended at these comments beyond the usual "well his politics don't agree with mine, therefore, I must be offended" mindset most Americans seem to have ingrained in them these days.

    April 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. olepi

    Ted Nugent is a washed up musician with only one real hit to his name, from long long ago.

    Since then, he has become an embarrassment and a buffoon. Nut hey, this is America, he can buffoon if he wants.

    April 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good God. It's not a secret that GOPers no longer have any respect for themselves (or each other). Bit of a long stretch to think they (GOPer leadership - including Mittens) would actually put on their big boy pants and show respect to the other side of the political aisle ... let alone the President of the United States ... by distancing themselves from Ted Nugent's blah blah blah hate talk.

    Obama 2012 (The only grown up in an otherwise little boy playground of political self righteous fools)

    April 18, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Gripping Granny

    Yeah, just like Limbaugh said he would leave the country, HE IS STILL HERE SPEWING HIS HATRED, Nugent won't kill himself he is a coward, anyone that would make such a statement is as insane as Limbaugh. Still trying to figure out what conservative means, if this is it don't want it.
    Small government my foot, you want the government in when it suits you and out when it doesn't, heard so many so called conservatives scream about small government only when it suits their needs.

    April 18, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Hitmanisanidiot

    Good. Either situation would suit most Americans. Nobody listens to your crappy music or you're crazy rants.

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

    Ted Nuthead has about as much going for him as Sarah Palin – Good Luck Republicans – There is certainly no one on your side with any brains!

    April 18, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. SixDegrees

    Ted Nugent – the Joe Biden of the GOP.

    April 18, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Todd in DC

    Stay classy, Ted. Say hi to the SS for me.

    April 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. TeaPartyTed

    This guy is so vile and ill informed it is amazing. He really needs to read the constitution and see that it pretty much ended with Bush Junior. We can be arrested without a trial. Search Warrants are optional. We have drones overhead. A private military, Backwater was used after Katrina on US soil. To blame this on on Democrats just makes no sense but there have been Bills signed in under the current president that continue this trend. Ted just wants anarchy and adds no value to anything though neither does the NRA anymore

    April 18, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. BreakerBill

    I'm a fan of Ted Nugent's music, but not of his anti-Obama rhetoric.

    April 18, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Andrew Friet

    dan5404.... Do you have any idea what the meaning of the word "treason" means?
    All of these things were said about the previous administration such as "evil, criminal, etc."
    There was no big deal about it then. What is different now?
    Oh, that's right, if you disagree with the current administration you are a racist

    April 18, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Gimmeabreak!

    Oh boy, oh boy! Something "juicy" for the Libs to salivate over–for months and months and months! Bon Apetit!

    April 18, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Austin, TX

    Deplorable. These vile comments are a reinforcement of an ignorant, uneducated, unhinged individual. This is treason in the first degree. No matter what your political views – how can a death treat be justified in any shape or form!!!!
    Off his rocker Ted should be investigated!!!!

    April 18, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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