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. alfredo

    Not only is he threatening the president, he is urging armed insurrection against our government. Sounds like treason to me.

    April 17, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Michael

    Who's Ted Nugent and why does his opinion matter?

    April 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Catherine

    Works for me Ted. We can only hope Obama gets another term under those conditions. Wonder if old Ted listened to ANY of Romney's speeches when he was governor of MA where he espoused gun control? Obama has been largely silent on gun control. He hasn't tried to enact any legislation that would abridge the right to own a gun. Seems Ted had a little too much fun with chemicals in the 70's.

    April 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Bob

    Washed up has-been loud-mouthed no-talent idiot.


    If he was a Liberal the Reich Wing wold be howling all over the airwaves about this, but the contemptalbe Repukes have ZERO to say about his threats.

    April 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Baky72

    Romney will be worse than Obama!!!!!!! The devil you know is better than the Angel you don't know.

    April 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    I say give him an HBO show and call him the Bill Maher antidote!!!

    April 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Chandra

    I believe Ted is smokin some of Mitts Majic dust underwear..

    April 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Bizarro25

    Do we have to wait that long??!

    April 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Luke

    Study the mormon faith, they are not christians.

    April 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The Republican Party should do the responsible thing and distance itself from violent speech like this. Romney essentailly inflamed this NRA crowd with his own rhetoric, only slightly toned down from Nugent's. Romney should do the responsible thing and say that Nugent's violent rhetoric doesn't speak for the Republican Party.....unless IT DOES.

    April 17, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Dan from Tx

    Ted Who??

    April 17, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. WhereIsPalin

    Romney/Nugent...............let's put UNITE back into the United States.

    The loving, compassionate ticket for America

    April 17, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. PJ/TX

    "Thanks for helping us all avail actual thought processes CNN"
    Should be: Thanks CNN for letting us know just how deep the hate for America is. If the NRA condones
    threats, treason, and unpatriotic words such as this, we need to know. None of us are unaware of the
    hate, but some of us are not in on the actual words.
    If we allow people like this to take over America we are doomed. If Mitt Romney lets these comments
    slide, without saying anything, he is not worthy of the Presidency.
    If we don't put our feet on their necks and stop them with our votes, they will put is in an inescapable
    headlock, and it will be painful.

    April 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. 4merRepubCT

    Why is this radical allowed to get away with threatening the life of the POTUS?

    April 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. San from Knoxville, TN

    GOP should RUN, not walk, away from this nutcase as fast as they can. But something tells me they'll embrace him. Sad.
    What a lousy spokesperson!

    April 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Lizzy865

    OMG, I can't believe this guy is still alive. Well, at least he's promising to relieve us of his presence by this time next year. Only hope he takes the Tea Party and the rest of the GOP with him!

    April 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. IQ173

    all of you Obama lovers out there will eventually regret your support for this Idiot and others like him that you elect and continue to elect,you really do not get it do you....I feel really sorry for your children and my grandchildren who will have to suffer because of your stupidity....!

    April 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Catherine

    Please people, you must understand Ted did not go to Vietnam because the beings he would be hunting would be shooting back at him. No, better for him to hunt nice safe bear and deer. They aren't armed. BTW before you start on me, I have no problem with hunters as long as they eat what they kill.

    April 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Aysayn

    I had no idea Nugent was that far out there. Does he truly believe the stuff he says? it is disheartening sometimes to realize that there are people in America whose views are so distorted they begin to sound like the same people I face while deployed. Different language but same venom. I can't see him as the face of the NRA or of conservative America. First and foremost we are Americans.

    April 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. carol

    Goodbye Ted. Your music sucked and you are only brave with a gun in hand. Not brave enough to go fight a war for America though. Another scared white Republican war monger. Ask him how much kickback he gets from the gun makers.

    April 17, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. G

    The election of America's first African- American president broke Nugent's peanut brain.

    April 17, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. sara

    This idiot may as well be dead NOW. Obama 2012

    April 17, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. JustMe

    They need to throw his a** in jail NOW.

    April 17, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Steve

    What happens to people when they get old: They become conservative and, evidently, senile. I saw Ted in concert three times in the eighties. I just can't reconcile that guy with this guy. Two completely different people. I have lost all respect for this incarnation of Nugent. I like the Great White Buffalo guy much more.
    I'm beginning to believe his former bandmates' accusations that he stole all their musical ideas, then fired them when they spoke up about getting any writing credits or royalties.

    April 17, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. alfredo

    John, he faked mental illness to get out of the draft. Weeks before having to report he stopped bathing, took copious amounts of LSD, ate nothing but junk foods, and relieved himself in his clothes. He went on the radio and bragged about doing that. Is that they type of person you want leading a revolution?

    April 17, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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