Aging hard rocker Ted Nugent, born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948, is best known for his 1977 hit “Cat Scratch Fever.” Having toured since 1967, the “Motor City Madman” has produced over 30 albums. Nugent is also well known for being a loud and aggressive supporter of gun rights in the United States. Serving on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association since 1995, Nugent was second only to Oliver North in votes received in the 2010 NRA board elections. In 2008, Nugent was the recipient of $40,000 in fees from the National Rifle Association. An avid supporter of hunting who frequently clashes with animal rights groups, “Uncle Ted” hunts game on his ranches in Texas and Michigan. Nugent has been outspoken on other political issues and has been a vocal opponent of entitlement programs and universal health care. He continues to maintain a rigorous touring schedule and is not shy about sharing his political beliefs on stage.
Controversial Actions and Statements:
In a January 9, 2013 interview with World Net Daily, Nugent responded to Vice President Joe Biden’s statement that President Barack Obama may use executive orders/action to help prevent mass shootings in America, stating, “If it comes to the actual implementation of an actual confiscatory directive from our president, then I do believe that the heroes of the law enforcement will defy this order. I do believe that there are enough soulless sheep within our government who would act on such an illegal order but I believe the powers that be at the local, state, and regional law enforcement would halt such an illegal, anti-American order. There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.” President Obama has never advocated for the confiscation of firearms.
In a December 18, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in which 20 first-grade students and six adults were shot and killed. Nugent wrote, “Something is causing young loners to pick up guns and slaughter people … The ugly and dangerous truth is that we live in an embarrassing, politically correct culture that exalts and rejoices in the bizarre; aggressively promotes an ‘anything goes’ value system; and vilifies, condemns and mocks traditional societal values and customs at every opportunity. More laws and more restrictions won’t fix our culture. T he problem we face is much deeper and more insidious. What ails us is a spiritual bankruptcy of cultural values that actually matter … As with most things, the cure to this mess begins and ends with the family. Traditional family values have been under siege for decades by our culture of contempt. In the absence of a solid family, the whole thing slowly unravels and rots.”
In a December 3, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “In addition to slaughtering the three sacred entitlement cows that consume a vast majority of the federal budget (and I use the term budget generously), let’s truly spread the pain around and raise taxes on everyone, including the nearly 50 percent of Americans who pay zero federal income taxes. Those Americans need to have some skin in the game, too … Let’s also stop the insanity by suspending the right to vote of any American who is on welfare. Once they get off welfare and are self-sustaining, they get their right to vote restored. No American on welfare should have the right to vote for tax increases on those Americans who are working and paying taxes to support them … We also need to get our voting system straightened out and eliminate voter fraud. We need to ensure that only Americans vote by requiring polling places to validate the identification of each voter.” Research has shown that in-person voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States.
In a November 21, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “In yet another never-ending series of terminal ding-dong moves, members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike and drove Hostess out of business, providing one more stinking example of how labor unions can no longer have their cake and it eat it, too … Labor unions are bad for business. With just these four short opening paragraphs, the allergic-to-logic, empty Twinkie heads of anti-capitalism liberals are surely spinning ‘round and ‘round. They will ignorantly shriek that big business is greedy and needs more government regulation, that businesses have all kinds of obligations to their employees, that labor unions are still needed and that liberals know what is best for the economy … Unemployed long enough, even liberals with noggins full of economic balderdash put there by comedians Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, and liberal college instructors who have never owned or managed a business will begin to understand that anti-business, pro-union liberalism doesn’t pay the rent. Ding-dong that.” Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Ding-Dongs, filed for bankruptcy in January 2012. On November 9, 2012, Hostess employees went on strike after the company imposed a contract cutting worker’s wages by 8 percent and benefits by 27 percent to 32 percent. In mid-November 2012, the company began selling its factories and assets. Hostess also began laying off its 18,500 workers.
In a November 15, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “What our nation may not be strong enough to survive is four more years of [President Barack] Obama and his Big Wrecking Crew government liberal jihad, which has wreaked havoc on all of America. Our major cities, run for decades by corrupt Democratic regimes, are broke, rusting wrecks full of unemployed scavengers … The president dares to articulate the Republican talking points while his entrenched political programs, ideologies and policies always have been and always will be designed to create dependence on Fedzilla and transform America into something resembling the toilet-bowl nation of Cuba and every other socialist hell zone known to mankind. Insanity is personified. America is tipping over a financial ledge of which I suspect many of those who voted for the president have no basic understanding or appreciation. All they are interested in is more free candy from Uncle Sugar Daddy … The denial curse of liberalism sure comes in handy when hiding from the truth, thereby accelerating disaster. Dopey is as dopey does. Toke on that, Bill Maher. While I’m just a humble love-song composer and deer slayer, I’m smart enough to know we are not going to borrow and spend our way to prosperity while also increasing the gluttonous obesity tantrum of Fedzilla. Mouth-breathing Obama supporters, and obviously Mr. Obama himself, don’t understand this. They are comfortably dumb about basic economics.”
On November 13, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “Since soulless animal rights fools hate nature I will kill many deer for them.”
In a November 8, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote about the reelection of President Barack Obama, stating, “We have fallen far and fast. Instead of electing a serious-minded, proven professional, America went once again with a guy whose most impressive qualification is that of a questionable ‘Chicago’ community organizer. I don’t mean Chicago in a geographic sense. President John F. Kennedy would have been appalled … We have decayed into a nation of gluttonous, soulless pigs who feast on whatever Fedzilla provides by taking from one group of Americans (the producers) and giving to others (the takers) who haven’t earned it and don’t deserve it … The pigs have come home to wallow in the mud of the Washington swamp, and we have a group of professional political punks—master scam artists—who are all too happy to shovel more slop while advocating that the producers should be punished further by raising their taxes and restricting entrepreneurs with business-wrecking overregulation … I’m not nearly as surprised with the outcome of the presidential election as I’m disheartened and disgusted that my fellow Americans can be this woefully uninformed, easily manipulated and thunderously ignorant. I’ve got a rotting fence post smarter than these mouth breathers. If you voted for [President Barack] Obama, you are thunderously dumb and incredibly naïve … Thanks for nothing, numbskulls.”
In the early hours of the morning following Election Day 2012, Nugent tweeted the following:
- “Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav [sic] a president to destroy America”
- “So [President Barack] Obama still demands the hardest workers provide for the nonwotkers [sic]. Shared opportunitiesmy ass.”
- “What subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity booze cellphones birthcontrol abortions & lives.”
- “Goodluk [sic] America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools.”
- “So 4 SCOTUS idiots dont believe in self defense. Pure evil.” Nugent was referring to Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Justices Breyer and Ginsburg dissented in District of Columbia v. Heller andMcDonald v. Chicago. In Heller, the Court held for the first time in U.S. history that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to firearm ownership for self defense in the home; thereby striking down D.C.’s handgun ban. In McDonald v. Chicago, the Court held that the Second Amendment, as interpreted in Heller, applied to the states through the Due Process Clause. Justice Sotomayor joined the dissent in McDonald. Justice Kagan has indicated that she also disagrees with the Court’s decisions in Heller andMcDonald.
- “I cry tears of blood for The Last Best Place & the warriors who died for this tragedy.”
In an October 30, 2012 interview with the Washington Times, Nugent spoke about social welfare programs, stating, “We are all heartbroken that the Herculean work ethic that…made America The Last Best Place has dwindled considerably since the big lies of The New Deal and The Great Society succeeded in brainwashing a segment of our country to believe Fedzilla would provide for anyone who decided, for whatever reason, to not be productive.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal was responsible for creating the Social Security Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society was responsible for the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, and a variety of other anti-poverty programs. These programs drastically reduced the rate of poverty nationally. Nugent also spoke about his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, stating, “It is so very true that my birth city of Detroit was the cleanest, most neighborly, positive-energy, work-ethic epicenter of planet earth when I was born there in 1948, right on through to the 1960s. Enter the liberal death wish of Mayor Coleman Young and a tsunami of negative, anti-productivity policies by liberal Democrats that put a voodoo curse on our beloved Motor City. When you train and reward people to scam, cheat and refuse to be productive, there is only one direction that society can go: straight down the toilet. It is truly a heartbreaker. Some wonderful people are still to be found back home, but they are outnumbered by the pimps, whores and welfare brats that have made bloodsucking a lifestyle. And now we have a president who is doing everything he can to take the whole country down that same path. Truly amazing.”
On October 26, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “The Obama gang turned their soulless slimy backs on Americans in Benghazi. Criminal corruption & abuse of power.” Nugent was referring to an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on September 11, 2012. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack. Congressional hearings revealed that the State Department was aware of, and rejected, several requests for increased security in Benghazi. In addition, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives reduced funding for embassy security. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, when asked why Republicans took this step, stated, “Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”
On October 25, Nugent tweeted, “Weirdos against hunting are against nature herself-pure veison [sic] forever.”
On October 16, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “ [President Barack] Obama is the ultimate Saul Alinsky & Cloward/Piven smoke&mirrors liar from hell. God help America.” Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and writer in the mid-20th century. In 1971, he wrote a book called “Rules for Radicals” which described his theory and methods of organizing. Richard Cloward and Frances Piven were sociologists and political activists. They outlined a political strategy in 1966 that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” President Barack Obama has never publicly mentioned Saul Alinsky, Richard Cloward or Frances Piven nor, has he supported a guaranteed annual income in place of welfare.
On October 10, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “Yeah thats it-The FtHood massacre was a workplace act of violence Yeah, thats the ticket Goodcall gang Obama lying enemies of America. damnU.” Nugent was referring to a mass shooting at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009. In that shooting, Nidal Hassan, an Army psychiatrist, killed 12 people and wounded 30 others after legally purchasing a handgun and ammunition. The Department of Defense classified the shooting as “workplace violence.”
On October 10, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “How soulless must the [President Barack] Obama gang be to refuse basic security for Americans around the world on 9-11. Criminal complicity to murder treason.” Nugent was referring to an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on September 11, 2012. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack. Congressional hearings revealed that the State Department was aware of, and rejected, several requests for increased security in Benghazi. In addition, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives reduced funding for embassy security. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, when asked why Republicans took this step, stated, “Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”
In an October 8, 2012 radio interview with Rusty Humphries, Nugent stated, “You know why you love my greasy soulful black soul music? You know why you love it so much? Because on all my Gibson guitars, I have illegally imported Indian fretboads. That’s one thing I demand from Gibson is that if they are going to make me a guitar they will use illegally imported wood so that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has a conniption fit every time I play.” Nugent was referring to several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department raids on the guitar maker Gibson for importing endangered wood. Nugent told Humphries that one of his new songs was about how, “The whole word sucks, but America still sucks less and if we don’t get these gangsters out of the White House we’re gonna suck ourselves to death … [Government is] so out of control now, the new normal is offensive, vulgar, obscene, and anti-American at the hands of a community organizer who is intentionally dismantling the greatest quality of life in the history of mankind.” When asked what he thought of polls that showed President Barack Obama holding a slight lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Nugent replied, “Well, when you read those kind of manipulated and dishonest polls it actually does increase confidence [in Mitt Romney] because the leftist media is so addicted to dishonesty and misrepresentation and manipulation … I believe there’s more of us than the bloodsuckers that [President] Barack Obama and his gangsters have bought and paid for and if that offends somebody who is listening to Rusty Humphries and Ted Nugent, you need to get a clue because this president has bought his votes by offering something from the productive Americans to the non-productive Americans … If you look at the average voter for Barack Obama, he’s either receiving something from the taxpayer or he’s an elected official or government employee that is being overpaid.” Turning to the topic of his family, Nugent stated, “We shoot pretty much every day. I shoot every day … Unarmed citizens are slaves so we take our shooting very seriously.”
On October 17, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “Apparently soulless liberals & zombie democrats dont care that their president lies thru his teeth. Go Mitt [Romney].”
In an October 7, 2012 interview on Armed America Radio, Nugent stated, “Regardless of your ideology, this guy, this President Barack Obama clearly is intentionally dismantling the greatest quality of life in the history of the world. His policies are anti-American. His polices and his czars and his administration are anti-American, anti-quality of life, anti-freedom, anti-liberty, and anti-being the best that you can be. Every word, deed, and action by Obama is against the very spirit of rugged individualism, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution … This guy, this Barack Obama is a Mao Zedong wannabe. Everything he stands for, all of his policies, all of his smoke and mirrors, his mastery of deception and deceit and outright lying, is so Mao Zedong. In fact a lot of his czars, a lot of Barack Obama’s czars, will look right in the camera and say, ‘Yeah, I’m a communist and I like it’ … The President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, which is supposed to be respected by the heroes of our U.S. military; Barack Obama goes to the Vietnam memorial wall in Washington where 58,000 American patriots and heroes and warriors gave their lives fighting communism. When he is not at the wall pretending to show tribute to these warriors, he’s implementing communism. The very system that these warriors died fighting against … And for Americans to accept that the Commander in Chief is implementing communist policies while feigning respect for heroes who fought communism is one of the most vile, repugnant, obscene gestures in the history of American politics.” Nugent, by his own account, evaded being drafted for the Vietnam War in the 1970s by taking controlled substances and smearing his body with feces before a fitness exam.
In an October 4, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “Not so amazing, but the backbone of the Democratic Party, the ones buying the most lottery tickets, are the ones who can least afford it. Duh. If these mouth-breathers promise not to vote, the GOP should buy them a lottery ticket. That would be cheaper than trying to reach them with political ads. The Democrats are once again playing class warfare. Jacking the poor and downtrodden against wealthy Americans is a core Democratic political strategy … The message the Democrats send to their base is that wealthy Americans are to be despised, maligned and punished. The Democratic Party will never admit that wealthy Americans might just be smarter, have a greater tolerance for risk and a stronger work ethic than supporters who carp about how the system is rigged against them and seek a fantasy of ‘shared opportunity.’ Show me where life is fair and I will vote for President Obama. The only things rigged against these comfortably dumb Americans is the image staring back in the mirror and the Democratic Party, which has intentionally enslaved and victimized them for decades … To demonize wealthy people is to spit in the face of the American dream. You might want to note that there is no demonization of the wealthy from Republicans, only Democrats.”
On October 4, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “The presidential looking self made American [Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney] bitchslaps the clueless community disorganizer [President Barack Obama] upside the head with crowbars of truth & logic.” Nugent was referring to the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado on October 3, 2012.
In an October 2, 2012 radio interview on 101 KXL, a Portland, Oregon news radio station, Nugent stated, “[Michigan] turned into a liberal cesspool of slovenliness and gluttony and just entrenched irresponsibility…the opposite of what I grew up in Michigan … Positive spirit and entrepreneurial work ethic…is still alive and well in Michigan, it’s just been overwhelmed by the pimps and the whores and the welfare brats.” Nugent continued, stating, “I couldn’t be more proud, in 2012, hippies and communists hate me. They hate me, which means I’m really really a good person.” When asked what he would do if President Barack Obama won the election in November 2012, Nugent replied, “I’ve saluted too many flag-draped coffins to give up. I’ve spent too much time with U.S. Marines with no legs and Army heroes with no arms and Navy and Air Force and Coast Guard and National Guard guys who have given up everything to give up … If Barack Obama gets back in, I’ll just turn up the heat and fight to demand the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and that ‘We the People’ get more engaged and take this country back from these criminals. Barack Obama and [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder and [U.S. Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and [U.S. Treasury Secretary] Tim Geithner and other czars, they’re all America-hating punks. They hate this country. They hate freedom. They hate excellence. They hate entrepreneurialism. They hate genuine effort. They think there’s somehow some kind of fairness available where people who don’t try as hard somehow benefit the same way as people that try really hard. That’s just buffoonery. That’s just a Karl Marx [author of the ‘Communist Manifesto’], [Former Leader of Communist China] Mao Tse-tung insult.” Nugent, by his own account, evaded being drafted for the Vietnam War in the 1970s by taking controlled substances and smearing his body with feces before a fitness exam.
In an October 1, 2012 radio interview on KMOX, a St. Louis news radio station, Nugent spoke about the November 2012 presidential campaign, stating, “[Republican vice presidential candidate] Paul [Ryan] is a great man … He is really a keeper. He’s one of the best of the best and I really believe that what [Republican presidential candidate] Mitt Romney has learned over the years really makes him better than just a good man, he’s now a great man. He would be such a vast improvement over this current criminal administration and the policies that clearly are against the American way and against being the best that you can be. So, Mitt Romney picked the right guy. Paul Ryan’s a real blood-brother, man … Bow-hunting really is the most difficult thing in the world, as far as a self-imposed challenge goes … There’s a real higher level of awareness that one attains, that one has to aspire to and Paul Ryan has achieved that. He’s a dedicated, very successful bow-hunter. And that higher level of awareness that drives your higher level of awareness on every level of life is what has made [Paul Ryan] a great representative, a great U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights representative of ‘We the People’ of Wisconsin. So, what he can do in America, I think we have seen with [Wisconsin Governor] Scott Walker, Tommy Thompson, the past governor and hopefully U.S. Senate from Wisconsin and with Paul Ryan as Congressman. I mean, Wisconsin went from a suburb of the hash-bash hippie hell of Madison to being a really accountable, living within their means, balancing their budget, and getting rid of the fat and the waste in Wisconsin.” Governor Scott Walker did not balance Wisconsin’s budget. In a letter sent by Mike Huebsch, Walker’s Administration Secretary, to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in December 2011, Huebsch stated that Wisconsin would have an “undisclosed deficit” from January, 2012 through June, 2013. Nugent then explained why he thought polls showed some swing states leaning towards President Barack Obama in the election, stating, “When you buy votes, when you buy entire societal blocks with handouts and with promises that clearly can’t be kept. But this president, President Obama and his gang, they have literally smoke and mirrored their way into this artificial reign of terror. Unfortunately, the terror isn’t artificial. And so the people that support Barack Obama and this current corruption, the current abuse in the U.S. government, it’s because they’re getting something out of it.” Nugent told the radio host, Mark Reardon, “There’s a bunch of us, like you and me and people that work really hard and get up early and put their heart and soul into being the most productive asset they can to their fellow man … Barack Obama’s voter block, either you’re a liability or you believe people can intentionally put themselves in the position of a liability. So, that’s why Mitt Romney’s 47 percent statement is statistically irrefutable.” Nugent referred to controversial comments Mitt Romney made at a private fundraiser earlier this year. Romney stated, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it—that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Nugent continued, stating, “This President [Barack Obama] has bought the gay vote, overall, just basically speaking, obviously there’s a bunch of smart gay people out there that ain’t buyin’ this crap. He’s bought the black vote, event though there’s a bunch of really smart, independent, rugged individuals in the black community. And the female vote with this lie that we’re somehow gonna take away their health care because we won’t buy them contraception. I mean, every aspect of Barack Obama’s campaign would be laughable if it was just a movie.” Nugent was referring to a January 2012 Obama Administration announcement that the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” requires employers to provide health insurance which covers contraception for women free of charge.
In an October 1, 2012 interview with Big Hollywood, Nugent stated, “[President] Barack Obama hates America. Barack Obama hates freedom. Barack Obama’s voting record, his upbringing, his education, his words, his actions, his misdeeds, all reek of everything anti-American, anti-Constitution, anti-Bill of Rights. The latter of which is most deviously manifested in his voting record against the individual right to keep and bear arms … America faces doom if we re-elect Barack Obama to the presidency. It is a dire, dangerous forecast for freedom … If he wins in November he won’t have to kowtow, he won’t have to placate anybody anymore. He will be able to go for the jugular, and that includes the jugular of the Second Amendment. He will begin again what he did in Illinois as a gangster politician and go against gun rights, he will tax ammunition, he will ban certain types of bullets, and he will ban certain types of firearms. His goal is Attorney General Eric Holder’s goal: namely, to brainwash Americans into believing that guns are bad and that the Second Amendment does not mean individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. Barack Obama is a smoke-and-mirrors scam artist who has convinced people he believes one and one equals two, while he shoves three-and-a-half down your throat … In November 2012, we are voting for [Republican presidential candidate Mitt] Romney/[Republican vice presidential candidate Paul]Ryan because we are voting for the very soul of America. If Barack Obama is elected again, this country is done.” Nugent was referring to a speech Eric Holder, then-U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, gave to the Woman’s National Democratic Club on gun violence in 1995. Holder stated, “We want to have…an informational campaign to change the hearts and minds of people in Washington, D.C. and particularly young people. They are saturated in the media and entertainment, or by the entertainment industry, with violence. And I think too many of our young people, in particular our young men, are fascinated with violence, and in particular fascinated with guns. What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes. When I was growing up, people smoked all the time…but over time we changed the way people thought about smoking…and that’s what I think we need to do with guns, really change the way people think about them … This is not going to be something that’s very easy to do, because we are, quite frankly, fighting something that appears every day on television, on the radio, in our popular music, in movies that these kids are exposed to … We need to get really innovative, really creative things that are gonna grab the attention of these kids and change, as I said, the way in which they think about guns … I have asked the school board to make a part of every day some kind of anti-violence, anti-gun message. Every day, every school, at every level. One thing I think is clear with young people, and adults as well, is that we just have to be repetitive about this … We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”
In an October 2012 interview with NRA News, Nugent told radio host Cam Edwards, “I believe if you hate the NRA, if you hate guns, if you hate Ted Nugent, then you clearly hate America. And I have never apologized, I’ve never defended—there is nothing to defend—but in this culture war we do sometimes have to explain ourselves.”
On September 27, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “Who could possibly not admit that [President Barack] Obama & the dem[ocrat]s are slavedrivers creating a sheeplike subclass of bloodsuckers. buy the vote buy the vote.”
In a September 27, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “[Republican presidential candidate]Mitt Romney hit the bull’s-eye with his comments regarding the 47 percent of Americans who do not have any skin in the game as it pertains to paying federal income tax. Facts are facts … As I’ve written before, for at least the past 50 years the Democratic Party has intentionally engineered a class of political ‘victims’ who have been bamboozled into being dependent on the federal government for their subsistence, including food, housing and now health care. They get this without paying any federal income taxes, and that’s wrong. Something for nothing is always a scam. This is how you buy votes, plain and simple … Alternatively, the majority of federal income taxes are paid by the top wage earners, the very group of individuals the Democrats and President Obama constantly demonize and want to punish by raising their taxes even higher. This is what’s called ‘fair’ in this bizzarro world. Those who pay nothing can continue to pay nothing, and those who pay all will pay more … The Democratic Party exists because it promotes the creation of dependence on Fedzilla. They have intentionally created the real political victims, many of whom have been victimized by the Democrats for decades … Through the creation of the Nanny State, the Democrats have destroyed lives, families and entire communities, and convinced some Americans that they can’t achieve anything without Fedzilla’s help. They have their own soulless Declaration of Dependence. That’s downright pathetic. While creating this voting bloc of handcrafted victims, the Democrats have also waged an artful campaign to paint Republicans as a group of arrogant, greedy rich people. Some Democrats like Vice President Joseph R. Biden take their venom-filled lies about the GOP even a step lower … He’s a race-baiting yarn-spinner. He should be made to wear a dunce hat and stand in the corner for the remainder of the campaign … No able-bodied American should get anything for free while doing nothing to earn it. Put a rake, shovel, paint brush or broom in their hands. That will instill some pride back in their lives that the Democrats have worked double-time to make extinct … What Fedzilla has done to individuals and businesses is not a victimless crime. It’s killing America.” Nugent was referring to controversial comments Mitt Romney made at a private fundraiser in May 2012. Romney stated, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it –that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
On September 5, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “The [Democratic National Committee] ‘leaders’ are not just Godless they are pathetically soulless antiAmericandismantlers.”
In a commercial for Nugent’s Discovery Channel show, “Ted Nugent’s Gun Country,” published September 25, 2012, Nugent stated, “I bleed red, white, blue and liberty. And nothing says liberty more than the right to bear arms. Guns built this country and good men with guns made it the American dream. This is a look into the world of guns and America’s obsession with guns through the eyes of the biggest gun nut of all, me.”
In a September 3, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “What a psychotic piece of subhuman debris [mentally ill mass shooter Jared Lee Loughner] did on Jan. 11, 2011, outside a Tucson Safeway store where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was holding a ‘meet and greet’ with constituents was an unfathomable act of barbarism … The obviously guilty mass murderer has pleaded guilty and has been spared the death penalty. Yet the death penalty is exactly what he deserves. For his crimes, he will spend the rest of his life in prison while six innocent Americans are dead and 13 more are struggling to recover from their wounds. Sparing the killer’s life is not justice, it’s legalized barbarism. Allowing him to live out his days in prison is our convoluted legal system allowing Lady Justice to be mugged again and again … If a killer is deemed to be psychotic, he is held to a different standard by our legal system than a killer who is deemed not to be crazy. That’s a legal system that is certifiably nuts … Locking up the terminal whack-job shooters in prison for the remainder of their lives will cost taxpayers many millions of wasted dollars when all that is required is a 25-cent bullet to the back of their deranged heads. But the do-gooders among us say we shouldn’t do that, that the state shouldn’t sanction ‘murder,’ especially of those who are deemed to be mentally incompetent. Do-gooders are more dangerous than a sow grizzly with cubs or a coiled rattlesnake, as do-gooders champion and sanction legalized barbarism … The McNaughton rule, which basically states that terminal whack jobs can’t be held responsible for their crimes, is the ultimate definition of nuts. It should be replaced with the McNugent rule, which states that regardless of your mental state, if you slaughter innocent people, expect a bullet to the back of the head, most preferably at the scene of the crime. So long as the American justice system is held hostage by mindless do-gooders who wish to enforce their toxic, brain-dead legalized barbarism on the rest of us, our only recourse is to be vigilant and ready to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these psychotic monsters. Shoot them. Punks deserve to pay for their crimes with their lives instead of living out their lives and attending group therapy sessions on the taxpayers’ dime and further burdening the society they already have hurt deeply.” The McNaughton Rule, which Nugent refers to, is a legal standard for insanity. Under the rule, there is a presumption of sanity. The defense must prove “at the time of committing the act, the accused was laboring under such a defect of reason, from disease of the mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing or, if he did know it, that he did not know what he was doing was wrong.” In addition, studies show that it is typically less costly to imprison an individual for life than to sentence him/her to death.
On September 1, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “Did I mention how insane fun it is slaughtering pigs with machinegunsfrom helicopters? Cleanse the goodearth.”
In a September 1, 2012 interview with Patriot Update, Nugent stated, “The Fourth Amendment is trampled on all the time … Do you know that game wardens, who I adore and have great respect for, they’re heroes of law enforcement – most of them—law enforcement agents of Game Department can come into your house without a search warrant, without just cause. Maybe cause they don’t like you. Maybe you’re the wrong color. Maybe they don’t agree with your politics. Maybe they don’t like your music. It doesn’t matter the reason. A law enforcement official of Game Departments of the United States of America do not respect and are not limited by the Fourth Amendment … They don’t need just cause. They don’t need a search warrant. They can cut the lock on your gate–while you’re home or you’re not home. They can break into your freezer and examine the meat and see if it’s legal. On a hunch. On a rumor. Or just on a bad day … So that’s offensive on all levels but there’s also some other jack-booted Gestapo maneuvers going on these days like the Gibson raids … While we’re sitting here, my email’s going [noise] blowing up with stories of heartbreak: where a teenager, who’s never broke the law in his life, who’s never been in trouble with the law in his life, his family [is] law-abiding, their family has been bankrupted because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife thugs, the same ones that raided Gibson … Just the examples would gag you … When Governor [and Republican presidential nominee Mitt] Romney becomes Commander-in-Chief, I pray to God, along with a great Vice President, Paul Ryan … have got to look into these violations of civil rights and basic human rights at the hands of agencies gone mad … Vote Romney and Paul Ryan as president.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is subject to the requirements of the Fourth Amendment; however, some statutes give U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents authority to conduct warrantless searches. Nugent was referring to several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department raids on the guitar maker Gibson for importing endangered wood.
Turning to the topic of sexual assault of minors, Nugent stated, “We’ve got to create community review boards for judges who keep letting child rapists out, when that judge knows if that child rapist is let out on the streets, he will rape again. And our court systems answer to that is to register them? To know where they live? In a neighborhood instead of a cage, instead of jail?” In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. Due to the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa’s parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian. In 1998 interview with VH1, Nugent spoke about his “weakness for young women.”
In part two of the interview with Patriot Update, Nugent stated, “I hold the most important office on earth, ‘We the People.’ I am a we the people activist on behalf of my family, my neighborhood, my state, my country, and mostly that soldier in a box who died fighting for the U.S. Constitution. We all owe [that soldier] to make sure our elected officials abide by that document that he gave the ultimate sacrifice for.” Nugent evaded being drafted for the Vietnam War in the 1970s. Nugent then spoke about Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta, stating, “Me and old Kasim go way back. Kasim condemned me recently on one of the news shows … I love when the brown-shirts hate people saving Jews. Anyhow, the idiots and the America-haters hate me. That proves I’m doing God’s work because the devil is upset.” Regarding The Badger State, Nugent said, “Wisconsin is the guiding force and light for what America should be doing, between Scott Walker as Governor, Paul Ryan as Congressman, and now the Senator Tommy Thompson. America should go the way of Wisconsin because Wisconsin turned into a lump of liberal snot hair, just embarrassing. Everything was wrong with it and then come from the debris came Scott Walker.” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, whom Nugent refers to, appeared on “Meet the Press” and was asked about a comment Vice President Joe Biden made to a crowd in Danville, Virginia. Biden stated, “Every Republican’s voted for [the House GOP budget]. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney…said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, ‘unchain Wall Street.’ They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” Reed replied, “When Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan stands up to Rush Limbaugh…when they’re disparaging a Georgetown law student or stands up to Ted Nugent, really stands up to anybody or stands up to Donald Trump, then I’ll be willing to have a conversation about a comment that the vice president made.”
In an August 31, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “[President Barack] Obama’s kamikaze borrow-and-spend policies, his addiction to job-killing regulations and his Marxist desire to punish producers with higher taxes have created the perfect job-killing storm. That plan is working out well for the president if you examine his real agenda.” He also offered advice, stating, “Fedzilla should do is to get out of the way of the free market as much as possible, but power-hungry bureaucrats rarely let that happen. These are the same clueless clowns who, if given the chance, would go down into the pits of a NASCAR race and tell the pit crew how to tune engines based on pompous presumptuousness. No thanks, clowns. Have you met my monkey wrench? Fedzillacrats should be forced to sign a pledge that they will spend 100 days studying the impact on the economy for every piece of proposed legislation. The Chamber of Commerce, Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, and Steve Forbes should be consulted before any changes. The U.S. tax code needs to be tossed into a giant wood chipper. Then toss in every anti-business regulation, starting first with Obamacare. This will jump-start the economy.” The Chamber of Commerce, Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) are conservative organizations. Fellow NRA board member Grover Norquist is the president of ATR. Steve Forbes is the editor-in-chief of the conservative Forbes magazine. He was also twice a Republican nominee for president.
In an August 29, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “The root of evil is not the want of money, but rather a government that thinks it knows better than free-thinking individuals how best to provide for our well-being. Socialists like [President Barack Obama] use the law and courts to force their failed big-government ideas on those of us still helplessly drunk on freedom, rugged individualism and liberty. You know, the American way. Socialists argue that fairness is the goal. For their version of fairness to occur, socialists must take the earnings and wealth from one person who earned it and give it to another who has not. Karl Marx would be proud of Mr. Obama. We would be wise to remember when then-Sen. Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency and told Joe the Plumber, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Those are the words of a socialist who learned his lessons well from his socialist upbringing and on the streets of Chicago as a community organizer … Socialists are punks who think they are smarter than ordinary Americans and that ordinary Americans are so dumb they need to be managed by Fedzillacrats in Washington. These punks are smug, arrogant and wrong … Join me at the dead-end brick wall of freedom and liberty. Let’s ring the Liberty Bell once again. Educate and remind all the people you know every day that if they’re not registered to vote and they fail to vote Romney-Ryan, the socialists win. And the shining city upon a hill comes tumbling down.”
On August 29, 2012, Nugent tweeted, “The less than perfect GOP has a near perfect message/platform where the Dems reek of soulless dependency [e]xcuse mongering & bloodsucking WTF.”
On August 25, 2012, at a concert in Fort Worth, Texas, Nugent stated, “I vow that I will use our freedom to get these dirty [expletives] out of the White House. The president is a bad man. The vice president is a bad man. They’re all bad people. If you don’t get that, you’re a dead [expletive]. If you don’t get that, get out of Texas. Move to Illinois … It’s time to celebrate the taking back of America in 2012 … The whole word sucks, America just sucks less.” While holding up a machine gun, Nugent said to the crowd, “All the skinny girls get a free machine gun tonight. The big girls can load them.” Turning to another topic, Nugent stated,“This is an illegal Gibson guitar, the game warden told me it was illegal. They’re soulless [expletives]. Those spineless, soulless pieces of [expletive] from the Wildlife Agency should take me down now, because all of my Gibsons are made of dangerous species. This one is made of platypus! My audience will beat them within an inch of their lives. Is that illegal? [Expletive], it’s just entertainment!” Nugent was referring to previous U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department raids on Gibson for importing endangered wood.
In an August 24, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent addressed requests by President Barack Obama’s campaign that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney release five additional years of his tax returns. Nugent wrote, “As usual, the Democrats have nothing worthy of their own to promote, so they are going after Mitt Romney to release more of his tax records. My advice to Mr. Romney is to tell the Democrats to pound sand … What the Democrats want to do is to play class warfare, pit rich against poor. Playing class warfare is all the proof you need to know that the Democratic Party despises successful people such as Mr. Romney. The Democrats abhor success. They would rather Americans be beholden to Fedzilla for food stamps and other government programs than go out and become tremendously successful on their own. The Democrats hate success because they know success ultimately breeds success. The more successful Americans are, the less power and influence the Democrats can have over them, which means the less political power the Democrats can wield. That’s not a good thing for socialists and other big-government addicts and dependents. The “man” keeping down the people is not a successful person such as Mr. Romney, but rather the Democratic Party, which buys their votes by enslaving its supporters with government programs and checks, funded with the tax dollars that people like Mr. Romney have paid … With the sizable and legal pile of money Mr. Romney is reported to have made and banked, my hope is that he has legally hid as much of it as possible from Fedzilla. I would much rather Mr. Romney have his money than surrender it to Uncle Sham, who burns through our hard-earned tax dollars with impunity … Should Mr. Romney release his records, let’s wait and see if [President Barack Obama] then releases all his academic records, complete health records and other documents. How about it, Mr. President?”
In an August 24, 2012 interview with Newsmax, Nugent addressed a shooting that had occurred earlier that day at the Empire State Building in New York City. Gunman Jeffrey T. Johnson, a disgruntled former employee of a women’s clothing shop across the street from the Empire State Building, shot and killed a former co-worker. Nugent said, “The Empire State shooting is yet another gun free zone.” Officers posted at the front entrance of the Empire State Building shot and killed Mr. Johnson shortly after the shooting.
On August 21, 2012, at a concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nugent addressed “everybody addicted to freedom out there,” stating, “Let’s see if in November, we can’t [tick] off the [jerks] in Washington, D.C. Let’s send Barack Obama down to Cuba. They’ve already got socialism down there — just move down there. You’re [screwing] up my country.”
On August 14, 2012, at a performance in Chicago, Illinois, Nugent stated, “Freedom ain’t f–kin’ free. And I tell you what, all my friends in the military, I bow. I bow to you. I will use every ounce of spirit, energy, and attitude I have, to use the freedoms you provided at great sacrifice, to get these criminal cocksuckers out of the White House … There’s a soldier in a box. There’s an airmen with no legs. There’s a marine with his skin burned off. There’s a Navy hero with no arms. They did it fighting for the Constitution, while our President [Barack Obama] wipes his f–kin’ a– with the Constitution … So, I will use that freedom to get people to get their head out of their a—and tell [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder, ‘you’re under arrest mother–ker … Hey Obama, go to Cuba and organize some f–kin’ communities.” As Nugent and his band-mates performed a reenactment of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II, Nugent stated, “The whole world sucks, but America still sucks less … Semper fi mother–kers.” After the reenactment, Nugent and the rest of his band held up assault style rifles.
On August 10, 2012, in an interview with Newsmax, Nugent stated, “Everybody dead in Aurora was unarmed and helpless. Everybody dead in Milwaukee was unarmed and helpless. Everyone dead at Virginia Tech was unarmed and helpless. How dare President [Barack Obama] or [Congresswoman] Nancy Pelosi, or [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg want more of that? [Republican presidential candidate] Mitt Romney made the terrible mistake of banning a certain type of firearm in the past — what they call assault weapons, which is not what they are. But he has seen the light. I spoke with him at length. I am convinced in my absolutist Second Amendment heart and soul that Mitt Romney will never even consider any more infringements on guns, ammo, fire power, access of guns ever again for Americans. He’s learned his lesson. Compared to Barack Obama and his team, Mitt Romney is indeed Michael the Archangel. He is a knight in shining armor for individual rights to self-defense.” Nugent also spoke about a proposed small arms treaty at the United Nations, stating, “When they talk about reducing unnecessary violence by eliminating small arms in the hands of citizens around the world, they’re talking about the same thing that Hitler talked about: Disarm the populace so you can control them at your every whim.” In reality, the treaty would set only international standards for the import/export of conventional weapons—leaving it to individual countries to “regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through national constitutional protections on private ownership.”
On August 7, 2012, at a concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nugent told the crowd that he and his band members spend months each year performing. “The rest of the year, I just kill shit,” Nugent added. He also spoke about President Barack Obama, stating, “I wanna get rid of the dirty cocksuckers in the White House! If there’s justice, Barack Obama will end up being a communal worker in Cuba!” Finally, Nugent stated, “The only thing missing in this world is more dead fucking assholes!”
On August 7, 2012, Nugent Tweeted, “what kind of subhuman demon would actually want more gunfreezones proven to be THE slaughterzones wasserman schultz holder lunatic fringers.” Nugent was making reference to U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D – FL) and Attorney General Eric Holder. There is no data to demonstrate that a majority—or even a significant minority—of the approximately 34 gun homicides that occur in the U.S. each day occur in “gun-free zones.”
On August 6, 2012, Nugent Tweeted, “Its official-democrats are addicted to flying over the cukoos nest at all costs, hell with truth logic honesty or anything good for America.”
In an August 6, 2012 interview with the New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Nugent was asked what rock bands would represent President Barack Obama and the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Nugent responded, “Out and out politicians are anathema to rock-n-roll, so I hesitate to attempt to connect the two. But on important issues, I am saddened to admit that Obama represents everything bad about humanity and Romney pretty much all that is good. It is really that stark.” Nugent, also asked about gun rights and knife rights, stated, “The right to self-defense is secondary to the pure righteous instinct to self-defense. Historically, monster freedom crushing tyrants, kings, emperors, despots, and evil slavedrivers denied mankind of such basic God-given rights, and this sacred experiment in self-government is based on refusing to give any of them up ever again … If a man is forced to be unarmed and helpless, you are at the mercy of evil, and that simply does not compute to conscientious, thinking people, so we stand and fight.”
At an August 6, 2012 concert in Clearwater, Florida, Nugent told the crowd, “It’s 2012. What are you going to do? They’re coming up your streets, jackboots stepping high, looking in your windows. What are you going to do? Put a [expletive] gun in your hands!” Nugent also bragged, “I killed enough deer last year to send venison to the American military. So, thank you, Uncle Ted. When they eat Ted Nugent meat, they kill more [expletive].” Nugent also spoke about the 2012 presidential election, stating, “I promise I will use that freedom to do everything in my power to clean the criminal [expletive] out of the government. Barack Obama will be a community organizer again. Let’s vote the [expletive] out of here!” Finally, Nugent said to a woman who frowned during one of his hunting stories, “You voted for Obama, didn’t you? … More [expletive] needs to die.”
In an August 6, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a “punch-drunk senator” making “buffoonish comments this goofy blurt being just the latest.” Nugent was referring to a statement Reid made to reporters on July 31, 2012 claiming that Romney hadn’t paid taxes for ten years. Nugent commented, “This is a typical left-wing, Saul Alinsky playbook ploy: denigrate, besmirch, lie, deceive, then try to slip away under the cover of darkness.” Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and writer in the mid-20th century. In 1971, he wrote a book called “Rules for Radicals” which describes his theory and methods of organizing. Nugent also wrote about President Barack Obama’s administration, stating, “The Obama team will continue to embarrassingly play the hateful race card, the vile class-warfare card, and every other divide-and-conquer card they can think of. Now that they have backed themselves into a corner with their failed policies and agenda, they will resort to yet more desperate political ploys … Smoke, mirrors, lying, cheating and trumped-up character assassinations are the Chicago way. Let’s be smarter than four years ago when we got exactly what we deserved—a die-hard leftist amateur community organizer with no productive experience except being a political street hustler.”
In an August 2, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote about proposed reforms in the wake of a mass shooting that occurred at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012. In that shooting, severely mentally ill gunman James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. Nugent commented, “According to the kind, caring and considerate left, you have every right to be a crazy druggie and roam the streets with no means of support. Heck, they even help nut-jobs occupy Wall Street and beyond. Surely, the unarmed and helpless will someday bring peace to the world, end world hunger and Rodney King’s dream of everyone getting along will become a reality. No wonder they call it dope. Years ago the left clamored that mental institutions violated the rights of those with mental illnesses. The American Civil Liberties Union even sued on their behalf. The result was the doors of the cuckoo nests were flung open and the patients stumbled out. Now they are everywhere. You can’t visit any city in America without encountering dirty people who are severely mentally impaired roaming the streets. Pushing shopping carts, mumbling to themselves, sleeping under bridges or in parks and basically being a nuisance, they ultimately endanger themselves. Most are not violent, just certifiably crazy by anyone’s standards. The real discussion that needs to occur in America is how we finally throw off the shackles of political correctness, quit worrying about ‘feelings’ and simply restrict the rights of psychotics by making it easier to lock them up for their safety and the safety of others. Advocating additional gun laws and gun-free zones is crazy. Crazy talk like that can get you killed.” Rodney King was an African-American construction worker who was beaten by Los Angeles police officers during a traffic stop in 1991. Four police officers from the LAPD who took part in the incident were later tried. Three of them were acquitted, and the jury failed to reach a verdict regarding the fourth. The acquittals are generally considered to have triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 53 people were killed, and over 2,000 injured. During the riots, King appeared on television and asked, “Can we all get along?”
On July 28, 2012, Nugent Tweeted, “Dear UN Blue Helmut gangsta punks & all freedom hating people everywhere, I am the NRA. Eat shit & die. Sincerely, Ted Nugent.” Nugent was likely referring to a small arms treaty discussed at the United Nations in July. The treaty would set only international standards for the import/export of conventional weapons—leaving it to individual countries to “regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through national constitutional protections on private ownership.”
On July 26, 2012, Nugent Tweeted, “How much dope must one injest [sic] for how long to believe unarmed & helpless is a desirable condition? soulless is as soulless does to bait evil.” Nugent’s Tweet came six days after a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in which severely mentally ill gunman James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58 others in a span of two minutes. Holmes wore full body armor during the attack.
In a July 26, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “Fedzilla is growing fatter, less accountable and less transparent by gorging itself on our tax dollars. Instead of tightening Fedzilla’s fiscal belt, government bureaucrats just buy him bigger belts and suspenders, and he gets fatter and smellier each day. The only good pig is a dead pig. Regrettably, there are way too many intellectually stunted Americans who support this gluttonous and irresponsible spending curse. They are called socialists. Socialists believe in Keynesian economics, which supports government control and meddling in our economy … It’s akin to Jerry Sandusky managing a little boys’ football team. Another, more accurate name for Keynesian economics is Kamikaze economics.” Keynesian economics are based on the ideas of 20th century economist John Maynard Keynes. Advocates of Keynesian economics argue that private sector decisions sometimes lead to inefficient macroeconomic outcomes which require active policy responses by the public sector. Nugent also made reference to Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University who was convicted of sexually abusing ten boys during a 15-year period. Finally, Nugent described fellow NRA board member Grover Norquist as “The Dirty Harry of tax and government reform.” “Dirty Harry Norquist, president of Americans For Tax Reform, has never seen a tax increase he supports,” wrote Nugent, “which should immediately put him at the head of the line for a Presidential Medal of Freedom once Mitt Romney is elected. If there was a Hall of Fame of Common Sense, a huge statue of Grover Norquist would at be the front door.” ATR’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” calls on lawmakers to swear to never vote for any legislation that would raises taxes, no matter how modestly.
On July 26, 2012, at a campaign event for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, Nugent stated, “[Thompson] knows the right to keep and bear arms can only mean one thing. ‘Keep’ means it’s mine, you can’t have it! I got a couple on me right now, and they’re loaded.” Nugent also spoke about President Barack Obama, stating, “We are on the fast track to the end of the American dream with this corrupt, power-abusing criminal machine in the White House right now. Things are bad, people … The president of the United States is a Chicago gangster who knows every criminal trick in the book; it’s why he’s the president of the United States.”
In a July 26, 2012 interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck, Nugent spoke about a mass shooting that had occurred at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado six days earlier. In that shooting, severely mentally ill gunman James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. Holmes wore full body armor during the attack. Nugent commented to Beck, “And remember, Glenn, this monster in Aurora took 20 minutes to do his evil. In 20 minutes you don’t need an assault weapon, you don’t need a machine gun, which he didn’t have either of, but you could do more damage with a single shot or a bolt action because he had 20 minutes … His AR-15 Smith & Wesson rifle is now the most popular sporting rifle in America. It is the number one competition, number one in self-defense; it’s the number one sporting rifle for big game and small game. And if they keep calling it an ‘assault weapon,’ I may have that aneurysm.” In fact, the shooting in Aurora lasted only two minutes, after which time Holmes was apprehended by police in the parking lot of the theater. Single shot rifles and bolt action rifles, which Nugent made reference to, must be reloaded manually after each shot is fired. A semiautomatic firearm reloads automatically and can keep firing until its magazine is emptied. Holmes had three semiautomatic firearms on the night of the Aurora shooting, including an AR-15 style rifle (the civilian version of the military’s M-16 rifle) equipped with a 100-round drum magazine. Paul A. Smith, outdoors editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has stated that while AR-15s “have gained favor among some hunters and sport shooters in recent decades, they constitute a small fraction of deer hunting rifles in use today.”
Finally, Nugent compared target shooting to the scenario that an armed citizen might have encountered had he/she attempted to return fire against Holmes in the theater: “I know the hysteria about tear gas and it was dark in the theater. Glenn, I am not making this up. Last week my wife Shemane and I were filming a segment for our Spirit of the Wild show and we were shooting at watermelons surrounded by human silhouette targets just as kind of a competition and from 20 feet and from 20 yards and we were shooting from every imaginable angle, under cover, from sitting, from squatting, from prone position, from behind cover and from in the open, and we never hit an innocent and we never missed the watermelon. And I’m just a guitar player. If a guitar player can neutralize a watermelon from 20 feet—and this is with live fire, by the way. We would shoot while the other would take the target shots. So there was that tension of live fire. And this was done in a scenario—and I understand it wasn’t real bullets coming at us and it wasn’t people screaming, running around … But dear God in heaven, doing nothing is not an option. Training, having a firearm to neutralize an evil gun maniac is a way to go, and we train for that. And I wish I would have been in the theater that day.”
On July 25, 2012, Nugent Tweeted, “we pray for all victims&lovedones of demonshooter in CO& we SALUTE the brave warriors who saved lives IF only they would hav had a good gun.” He Tweeted again later that day, “there were no assault weapons used in the CO shooting only universally proven sporting & self defense firearms & 6k rounds aint squat. Lies.” Nugent was referring to a mass shooting that had occurred in Aurora, Colorado five days earlier. In that shooting, severely mentally ill gunman James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. Holmes wore full body armor during the attack and was armed with two handguns, a shotgun, and an AR-15 assault rifle with a 100-round drum magazine. In addition, he had purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online with no background check or screening. Paul A. Smith, outdoors editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has stated that while AR-15s “have gained favor among some hunters and sport shooters in recent decades, they constitute a small fraction of deer hunting rifles in use today.”
In an email interview published July 9, 2012 in Michigan Live, Nugent responded to a question about threatening remarks he had made towards President Barack Obama and Democrats by stating, “I have been deeply involved in this tragic culture war raging in America for a very long time. I am painfully aware of the criminal abuses by the president, his attorney general and most of his administration. Anyone unaware of these violations is either brain-dead or woefully disconnected from reality. I know what I am doing and I know what I am saying. I meant it then and I mean it now.” He also spoke about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s chances of winning Michigan, stating, “Even those feeble-mined [sic] Michiganiacs on the receiving end of the government’s communist offenses of redistribution are waking up to how unfair and suicidal this system is for any meaningful quality of life in MI and America. This waking up is alarming all smart people to the disastrous results of the liberal democrats’ destruction of our great state. By any honest scrutiny, Romney will stop this destructo derby and re-institute some accountability.”
In a July 5, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “I’m beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War.” Nugent’s editorial addressed the “traitor vote” of “turncoat” Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in the case of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. Roberts wrote the majority opinion in a 5-4 ruling that upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Nugent claimed that “Chief Justice Roberts squandered the opportunity to restore judicial, financial and legislative sanity to a government that by any sane person’s standards is insane and addicted to centralized federal control of our lives … Our professional political punks in Washington can mandate any tax-penalty they choose. For example, if you don’t buy an Obama-approved green energy automobile, our Fedzillacrats could tax us for refusing to do so … Obamacare will now join Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as another unaffordable, unsustainable, runaway, unaccountable social program. Our entitlement programs have bankrupted America. We have dug a financial crater so deep that many doubt we can ever climb out of.” He also suggested that President Barack Obama invite Roberts “over for dinner, give him a ride on Air Force One and apologize for not voting for him during his confirmation hearings. It’s the least the community-organizer- in-chief can do for the turncoat chief justice who saved the president’s socialist health care program.” Finally, Nugent wrote, “Limited government is dead. The smothering era of socialism is here.”
In a July 3, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “In a sea of soulless, sheeplike dependency, it’s easy to spot the fiercely independent people who continue to declare our independence. We are the producers, the people who make the country work. We are business owners and hardworking employees. We are fiercely American; we believe in self-reliance and rugged individualism … Fiercely independent Americans are shocked and saddened by how far our beloved country has slid into socialism … Defiance is in the DNA of fiercely independent Americans. We defy the notion that the wealth we create through our hard work, sweat and risk can or should be spread around for others. We find that concept to be abhorrent—anti-freedom and anti-American … Fiercely independent Americans expect no charity but are the first in line to give generously when charity is needed. We are givers, not takers. We can always be counted on to offer a hand up to those who want to help themselves. We don’t give handouts, as we know that destroys self-reliance.” He added, “As we continue to slide further into the big-government abyss that our Founding Fathers warned us about, we must either reverse course and embrace the ideals of freedom and limited government our founders envisioned, or we choose big government, unsustainable debt and ultimately, tyranny.”
At a June 29, 2012 concert in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Nugent told the crowd, “The way that a–hole in the White House hates me, I must be perfect.” He also stated that if concert goers wanted to help out the military, this November they should “vote the constitution-violating pieces of s–t out of the White House … We’re either independent or dependent pieces of s–t.”
In a June 29, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent praised a 14-year-old boy from Phoenix, Arizona who shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings. Nugent wrote, “Today I’m screaming with joy. A young man saved himself and his three young siblings by using his father’s gun to blow a hole in the maggot, who probably is a paroled punk with an arrest record 3 feet long … We should honor the actions of this young man by training an army of other young people how to use guns so, God forbid, if they are ever in a similar situation to this Phoenix teenager, they, too, will blow holes in maggots. You want a safe, prosperous America? The first thing we need to do is remove evil instead of releasing it time and time again to prey on law-abiding Americans … Smile, America. Good conquered evil in spite of the liberal anti-freedom agenda.”
In a June 22, 2012 radio interview on KMOX, a St. Louis news radio station, Nugent told the host, Mark Reardon, “You notice, I just get up in the morning, I go to work, and idiots blow up. I don’t try to make idiots blow up. I just do the right thing, state the truth and celebrate logic and idiots go berserk. I’ve never been more proud of myself in my life.” When Reardon asked Nugent about threatening remarks he made against President Barack Obama and Democrats at the 2012 NRA Convention, Nugent replied, “Like I said, I just get up in the morning and I go to work and I make the national news because I dare to celebrate self-evident truths and, more importantly in 2012, more importantly now than ever, because remember there’ve been more criminals in our government right now, to spotlight the cockroaches. There are more cockroaches, more criminals, more corrupt power abusing punks in our government right now. And if you don’t get that, move to Canada. It’s just unbelievable. So I, as a ‘We the people’ guy, obligated by the heroes of the military who sacrificed so I can have these First Amendment freedoms, I’m gonna use my First Amendment freedoms and I’m gonna identify that the number one cop in this country is a felon … [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder is the enemy. Obama is the enemy. [Secretary of the Treasury Tim] Geithner is the enemy … I stand by every word I said.” Nugent also spoke about the “soulless, spineless weenies” at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, stating that he was charged with illegally shooting, killing and transporting a black bear for “dar[ing] to stand up for my Second Amendment rights.” He signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and agreed to a $10,000 fine and a two-year probation. Nugent then turned his attention to female Democrats in the House of Representatives, stating, “The [U.S. Congresswoman Debbie] Wasserman-Schultz and the [U.S. Congresswoman] Sheila Jackson-Lees, by the way, have you ever watched all of my haters talk? Each and every one of my critics is an absolute subhuman buffoon. If you watch the way they speak and the little spittle forming in the corners of their mouths, these are entrenched, addicted haters of freedom. Which is why they hate me. They’re on record to quote and worship Mao Tse-tung.” In fact, neither Congresswoman has quoted Mao Tse-tung. Nugent also added, “I love killing game with guns. I have my own Ted Nugent ammo coming out so, I’m gonna do a lot more gun hunting.” When asked when the ammo was coming out, Nugent replied, “That should be on every vegetarian store’s shelf by mid-July.” When Reardon remarked on Nugent’s endorsement of the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, Nugent replied, “My conversation with Mitt Romney convinced me…he will get this Mao Tse-tung gang out of the destructo-derby suicide mission that Barack Obama’s steering this country.”
In a June 21, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “Regretfully, there are Americans who actually want to maintain President [Barack] Obama’s socialist course that will lead to our ultimate destruction, just as it has for every other country that embraced this form of government control. Socialism restricts. Freedom rocks. It’s ‘We the people,’ not ‘We the sheeple’ … Boil it down to its core, and the upcoming election is simple: Do you want more freedom or less freedom? It isn’t any more complicated than that … The president wants to continue growing the federal government, continue borrowing and spending at record levels, and he wants to advance a socialist agenda. This is a recipe for disaster.”
In a June 15, 2012 op-ed for Newsmax, Nugent wrote, “America’s funny man, Bill Cosby, is dead wrong.” Nugent was referring to aninterview on CNN’s “State of the Union” aired on April 15, 2012, in which Cosby addressed the killing of Trayvon Martin by concealed carry permit holder George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. Cosby said that the race of Trayvon Martin was less important than the fact that the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed him was carrying a gun. In Cosby’s words: “When a person has a gun, sometimes their mind clicks that this thing…will win arguments and straighten people out.” Nugent wrote, “Maybe that logic applies to drunks, dope heads and recidivistic gang bangers, but it doesn’t apply to the hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Americans with concealed carry permits such as George Zimmerman … Americans with concealed carry permits are tremendously responsible citizens, maybe the most responsible citizens of all.” In reality, at least 447 Americans were killed by concealed carry permit holders between May 2007 and June 2012. Nugent continued, stating, “Advocating that only the police should be armed in public is advocating a senseless and wrong-headed policy of the slaughter of innocent Americans. Mr. Cosby is dead wrong here. His unarmed son was murdered for God’s sake.” Bill Cosby’s only son, Ennis, was shot and killed during a mugging along an interstate in Los Angeles while changing a tire in January 1997. Turning to the issue of race, Nugent wrote, “I do agree with Mr. Cosby that the Trayvon Martin shooting has nothing to do with race. Only empty-headed racists such as our black-panther loving Department of Justice believe otherwise. Race does, however, play a significant role in the percentage of black Americans who are killed and wounded every single day in America. The overwhelming majority of blacks are slaughtered by other black hoodlums, the overwhelming majority of whom are involved in gangs and drugs—you know, that ‘victimless crime’ thing.”
In a June 13, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent offered presidential candidate Mitt Romney advice on attracting the Latino vote. He stated, “The key to attracting Latino voters is to appeal to their sense of independence and to inform them the GOP believes in the power of the individual, not Fedzilla whose track record is one of dependence and destruction.” Nugent continued, stating, “Mr. Romney should continue to press for education reform, and remind Latino voters that education is vital to success. He should illustrate the importance that Americans of Asia-Pacific descent place on education and how fast their children move into the middle class. It doesn’t have to be an Asian thing … Mr. Romney should also hammer away at the welfare state that Democrats have largely created and continue to support. He should tell Latinos the welfare state is fiscally unsustainable and creates dependence instead of independence. Mr. Romney has little to lose by illustrating how Fedzilla has wreaked untold havoc on black America.”
At a June 9, 2012 performance at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in Austin, Texas, Nugent told the audience, “There’s an American Dream. There’s no French dream. There’s no Cuban dream. There’s no Spanish dream. Is there a Mexican dream, except ‘Get the f–k out of Mexico?’ I can’t blame you.” He then asked the “Republic of Texas Motherf–kers” if they were “ready to dance with Uncle Ted.” Nugent explained that his collection of Gibson guitars, which were displayed at the performance, was meant to be a message to the federal government, which is “infested with f–king criminals.” He continued, “Any pussies from the [U.S.] Fish and Wildlife out there, you want to take my guitars? F–k you!” Nugent was referring to several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department raids on Gibson for importing endangered wood. Finally, Nugent gave a shout-out to the “NRA gun nut motherf–kers out there … Put a f–king gun in your hand, Texas, stormtroopers [are] coming … They, unfortunately, are the real enemies right now. We’re gonna fix it in November, aren’t we boys and girls?”
In a June 5, 2012 radio interview on WJBC, a central Illinois station, Nugent stated, “The whole world sucks, America sucks less. But we’re catching up because we have a president who will quote the founder of communism and recommends that the government redistributes people’s earnings. Then he’ll visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall and lie claiming that he wants to thank 58,000 dead American soldiers and Airmen and Marines and Seamen while he quotes the man they fought against.”
In a May 22, 2012 editorial for Human Events, Nugent wrote, “If it were not for this crazy out of control corrupt government, my life would literally be perfect…the enemies of America infesting our government have got to go.” Nugent assured readers that he is doing his part to make that happen, stating, “I fight with all my might and resources on a daily, if not hourly basis to spotlight the cockroaches everywhere I go, and it is getting scarier and more dangerous all the time to speak out in America like I do.” He praised Texas politicians, such as Governor Rick Perry, but warned, “We also have America hating Obama clones like [Congresswoman] Sheila Jackson Lee who represent all that is wrong with America and Texas.”
In a May 17, 2012 editorial for the Washington Times, Nugent offered the following “words that no tenured professor ensconced in an ivory tower could possibly have taught” to 2012 college graduates:
In a May 15, 2012 editorial for the Washington Times, Nugent lamented “California’s financial nightmare (and the nation’s)” which he attributed to “a terminal addiction to bloated and expensive government completely out of control, with zero accountability.” He announced “Liberalism has failed around the world, and it has failed here, too. Big government has been a big bust. Yet, for liberals, the solution is even bigger government.”
On May 7 2012, Christopher Hecker, whose last known address was in suburban Philadelphia, was charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama after emailing the following threat: “I sent a bomb to the White House today and to several radio stations. Sooner or later I will grab someone, maybe in the woods, on the trail, and beat the life out of them.” Hecker also wrote, “[Obama] is the one that is destroying patriotism in the U.S.A. Ted Nugent is right. So, Obama is allowing me to be tortured to the point that I may murder someone, rather than deal with the mess he made. Your president is a coward.” Nugent had made national headlines just three weeks earlier after making threatening remarks toward the president and Democrats at the 2012 NRA convention in St. Louis. After being charged, Hecker pled no contest and asked to be sentenced to the death penalty immediately.
In a May 4, 2012 appearance on “CBS This Morning”, Nugent steadfastly stood by threatening remarks he made about the Obama Administration and Democrats three weeks earlier. When interviewer Jeff Glor suggested that Nugent would have a difficult time attracting moderate voters for Mitt Romney, who he formally endorsed for president, Nugent responded by stating “ “I’m an extremely loving, passionate man, and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damned nice guy, and if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll suck your d–k. ” Nugent then turned to an off-camera female CBS producer and said to her, ““Or I’ll f–k you, how’s that sound?” At the urging of his wife, Nugent later apologized to the producer and explained his outburst by noting ““he was rushed to the emergency room and had a kidney stone removed ” immediately following the interview.
In an April 23, 2012 editorial for the Washington Times, Nugent made several observations about the “War on Poverty,” stating, “Poor people are poor because they make poor decisions. That’s the root cause of poverty … Poor people will quit being poor when our government quits enabling, bribing, training and rewarding them to be poor.” Nugent went on to claim that “condemn[ing]” Americans to a life of poverty “is one of the driving political platforms of the Democratic Party.”
In an April 19, 2012 editorial for the Washington Times, Nugent defended threats he made against President Barack Obama and Democrats at the 2012 NRA Convention in St. Louis, stating, “By no stretch of the imagination did I ever threaten anyone’s life, or hint of violence or mayhem.” In response to the national controversy his remarks have generated, Nugent said, “I personally have never been prouder … I stand by my statements. The line is drawn in the American sand.”
During an April 17, 2012 radio interview with Dana Loesch , a Tea Party activist and CNN contributor, Nugent stood by the threatening remarks against President Barack Obama and Democrats he had made three days earlier at the NRA Convention, calling his message “100 percent positive .” Nugent continued by calling the Obama Administration’s policies “ toxic ,” “ corrosive ,” and “ an abuse of power” that are carried out by Obama’s “ czars and his henchmen .” Nugent added derogatory comments about Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, calling Wasserman-Schultz a “brain-dead, soulless, heartless idiot ” and Pelosi a “subhuman scoundrel ” and “ wicked witch .”
On April 17, 2012, commanders at Fort Knox announced the cancellation of an upcoming performance by Nugent at the installation, referencing recent threatening remarks made by Nugent against the president. Nugent responded to the cancellation by telling the Associated Press: “To think that there’s a bureaucrat in the United States Army that would consider the use or abuse of First Amendment rights in determining who is going to perform at an Army base is an insult and defiles the sacrifices of those heroes who fought for the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights … There is nothing in my spoken word that could be even wildly considered by any stretch of the imagination to be a threat to anyone .” Asked to clarify his threatening remarks from the recent NRA Convention in St. Louis, Nugent said, “A whole bunch of us…believe…we are in danger of being improperly and criminally jailed–I mean criminally—on the part of the government .”
On April 14 2012, Ted Nugent signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, admitting that he had illegally shot, killed and transported a black bear in southeast Alaska in May 2009 and transported it in violation of the federal Lacey Act. Nugent agreed to a$10,000 fine and a two-year probation. He also agreed to pay Alaska $600 . After signing the agreement, Nugent advised fellow hunters, “ even when you are aghast at a maniac, inexplicable, illogical law, please abide by those laws at all costs .” According to Nugent, his prosecution for killing the black bear was the result of a “ witch hunt” inspired by his political activism. “ We are the people turning up the heat, and that’s why I’m being singled out by certain fish and game agencies and certain U.S. attorneys ,” he stated.
During a live interview at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on April 14, 2012, Nugent called the administration of President Barack Obama “vile,” “evil,” and “America-hating.” He also stated, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Continuing on the topic of the 2012 presidential elections, Nugent added, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop [Democrats’] heads off in November. Any questions?” In the wake of Nugent’s comments, a spokesperson for the Secret Service confirmed that he had been placed under investigation. The campaign of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney—who sought and received Nugent’s endorsement—released a statement saying, “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.”
On April 5, 2012, Nugent conducted a wide-ranging interview on KFYI’s “Mike Broomhead Show.” He made the following comments:
- Nugent was first asked to respond to a Department of Justice investigation into allegedly unconstitutional and discriminatory practices employed by anti-immigrant hardliner and Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “Well it’s an ongoing manifestation of a government out of control. And there is no better warrior, there is no better American hero, to stand up against Fedzilla than the greatest sheriff in the world, Sherriff Joe Arpaio. I would like to take this opportunity if I might, Mike, because you’re bringing up an important global story that’s coming right out of Phoenix. So I want to establish my absolute heart and soul support for Sherriff Joe and all the heroes of the Maricopa County Sherriff Department.”
- Nugent then turned to his appearance the previous night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” where he discussed the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch “captain” George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, stating, “[Piers Morgan] attempted to get me on the gun issue but I let him have it. I kept it civil and I let him know that the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman situation is anything but what most of the media was attempting to depict it as. We should be ashamed of ourselves that our media in the United States of America is convicting this man. Convicting him of quote ‘cold-blooded murder’ when the facts are still not in.” He went on to falsely characterize English Common Law, saying, “Piers Morgan tried to relate the English law would have not stood for George Zimmerman defending himself. And I had to clarify to the CNN viewing public that in England, by law, if someone breaks into your house, you have to retreat like a cowardly sheep out the back door, Mike. People listening right now to you and I on KYFI might not believe this, but in England if someone breaks into your house you have a lawful duty to get out of it. To escape. To not defend yourself. To not defend your home. That’s anti- human, its absolutely repulsive, and it encourages crime.” Nugent was then asked to address the racial implications of the Trayvon Martin incident (Martin is African-American while Zimmerman is Caucasian/Hispanic) leading him to respond, “[Piers Morgan] is convinced that the vast majority of Americans want this guy [George Zimmerman] arrested and convicted. And I cleared him up on my intro. I said Piers, ‘The vast majority of Americans do not want this guy arrested and convicted. The vast majority of Americans are like the Nugent family. Were not only praying for Trayvon Martin’s family and George Zimmerman’s family, but were still busy praying for the families of the ten black children slaughtered in Chicago on the same weekend that Trayvon Martin was killed.’ Forty-nine shootings in Chicago that weekend. Ten dead. But according to Jesse Jackson and Al ‘Not So’ Sharpton and all these left-wing Marxist media pundits, that all those dead black kids don’t matter because they were killed by black people. The only black life that matters to Al Sharpton is when a black person is killed by maybe, not a Hispanic, but a white Hispanic … Nobody cares about race. There’s only a handful of nutcases like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson that care about race. The rest of us value human life regardless of the color.” In a March 24-25, 2012 CNN poll, 73% of Americans said that George Zimmerman should be arrested.
During an April 4, 2012 appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Nugent discussed the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by concealed carry licensee and self-appointed neighborhood watch “captain” George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. “Piers you have expressed that you don’t want to try this on television. I also do not want to try this on television. I think we both agree that there is a tragedy that it is being tried and that Zimmerman has been convicted across the media in many instances. So let’s not do this here. So let me propose to you a scenario that I think you can grasp and support. You must be aware, and if not ill inform you now, how many professional law enforcement heroes are killed every year with their own weapon. I’m not juxtaposing this with the Trayvon and the Zimmerman situation, but it does happen where an assaultant will start beating a person so badly that those of us that are armed, we have a responsibility to keep that new assault from taking our weapon. Because if the assault escalates to that degree, certainly the fist can go into a deadly situation if they get ahold of the gun bearer’s gun. So we have to be cognizant of that. If it wasn’t for backup guns in law enforcement and in civilian hands oftentimes, that the perpetrator and the person getting beat up is killed with his own gun. So let’s not dismiss that reality that is documented over and over again across this country,” stated Nugent. Morgan then asked him, “Do you believe that a neighborhood watch official acting in that capacity should be armed and using that firearm?” to which he responded, “Yes.” In a March 24-25, 2012 CNN poll, three-quarters of Americans said that neighborhood watch volunteers should not be armed.
In a March 5, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “Just as the homosexual community has co-opted the word ‘gay,’ various leftists, socialists and Marxists have co-opted the word ‘progressive.’ Words mean things. If you read the definition of ‘progressive,’ conservatives and the Tea Party are the real progressive force in America, as we are the ones advocating substantive upgrade, improvement and reforms in the stinky, status-quo swamps of Washington … As President Reagan would surely have said, Mr. Obama and his left-wing cohorts are not the solution, they are the problem. Alternatively, the real progressives, the Tea Party, advocate a more fiscally responsible federal government and a government that stays in its constitutional lane that was very carefully spelled out by our Founding Fathers.”
On February 27, 2012, Nugent conducted a wide-ranging interview on KFYI’s “Mike Broomhead Show.” He made the following comments:
- Commenting on the position of the administration of President Barack Obama that the wealthy should pay more taxes, Nugent stated, “Let’s call a spade a spade. I mean the entire current administration under the America-hating Barack Obama, and the America-hating Joe Biden, and the American Constitution criminal Eric Holder. Tim Geithner is the perfect example of what the current American government stinks like. Because Tim Geithner is a tax thief. Tim Geithner was caught not paying his taxes. So instead of being in jail, Tim Geithner, the tax thief, is actually in charge of our financial system. Are you kidding me, why don’t we just hire [serial killer] Jeffery Dahmer to be in charge of the children’s playground? I mean this whole administration is so corrupt. It abuses power like no one in the history of the United States of America has ever done. And Tim Geithner is a poster child. Just like Eric Holder. Running guns to the Mexican drug kings. Are you kidding me? Could it get crazier? Could it get more criminal than this? We have criminals. We have American-hating maniacs in our government. And Tim Geithner’s latest nonsense is a perfect example of that.” At one point, while pronouncing U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s last name, Nugent appeared to call him a “kike.”
- Commenting on 2012 Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul, he stated, “I have great admiration, in varying degrees, for each and every one of them. Each and every one of these candidates have some really really quality positive points about them. And each one of them would make a vastly superior president of the United States than the current mess that we’re in right now. That should be perfectly clear to anybody with a brain. But ultimately these guys got to go down to the Army-Navy surplus store and buy themselves a box of scrotums. They’ve gotta get some balls … These four presidential candidates have to get a little tougher, a little bit more fist pounding on the bully pulpit, and identify the curse, the abject curse that is the United States government the way it stands right now in the hands of Barack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder, et al.”
- Continuing on the topic of the Obama administration, Nugent stated, “Speaking of ridiculous policies, anti-American policies, this current anti-American monster in the White House, this administration is blatant and flagrantly abusing the Constitution, violating the Constitution, and continuing on a death march for America.”
- Turning to the topic of entitlement programs, Nugent claimed, “The entire welfare program is slavery. We are literally enslaving people to feed off of a government and rewarding people to be the worst that they can be, to not try something. Get rid of this embarrassment that there is a list of jobs that Americans aren’t willing to do. Are you kidding me? How about the condition where Americans have actually given up looking for work. That is so embarrassing, why don’t these people just move to France.”
On February 20, 2012, Nugent wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times criticizing MSNBC for firing conservative pundit Pat Buchanan. Buchanan, who has a long history of bigoted statements against minorities, was suspended and then released from the network after heappeared on a white-nationalist radio program to promote his book (which featured a chapter entitled, “The End of White America”). In defending Buchanan, Nugent claimed he “was fired by MSNBC for doing nothing more than voicing his rock-solid conservative thoughts on the otherwise failing network.” He went on to write, “The real message of the left is intolerance, zealotry, bigotry and hate. The left has no use for the First Amendment or the rest of the Constitution unless it fits their multicultural, euro-socialist agenda, which is failing all across Europe and everywhere it is practiced.”
In a February 16, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “There remains a segment of the American public who would rather shovel junk into their mouths and sit on the couch than follow a healthy lifestyle. When these Americans become ill, they want others to pay for their health care, which is a key reason why America is broke and in debt. We live in a La-La Land entitlement society where poor choices are condoned and rewarded and individual responsibility and accountability are largely ignored by the bloodsuckers who want the rich to ‘pay their fair share.’ Unbelievable.”
In a January 30, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent praised Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, writing, “I am impressed with each of them for a variety of reasons and adamantly believe that any one of them would be monstrously superior to President Obama, who has charted a course for the destruction of America as we know it.”
In a January 23, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “The real reason [2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt] Romney is being pressured to release his tax returns is because his fellow GOP presidential candidates, his hateful critics and crazy Demoncrats live to wage class warfare against him for being successful. This is so very wrong. We should respect a person’s financial privacy and celebrate any American who succeeds … There is this toxic, anti-American idea that has surfaced that financial success is something that should be questioned, maligned and condemned and is somehow malicious. This is dangerous and dumb. The Occupy idiots who condemn and blame Wall Street for America’s stagnant economy are simpletons. Let’s hope these morons just keep getting stoned and forget to vote in November.” The release of Romney’s tax returns led to the disclosure that he earns most of his multi-million dollar income in capital gains and placed millions of dollars in offshore investments in an account located in the tax haven Cayman Islands.
In an op-ed entitled “God Bless BP” for the Washington Times published on January 13, 2012, Nugent wrote, “The [cleanup] results have been nothing short of amazing in such a short amount of time since the disaster. The Gulf’s economy has rebounded dramatically, and it appears the environment is well on its way to a healthy recovery. We owe a huge debt of gratitude for the herculean efforts of BP for this … Thanks, BP. Keep up the good work. The Gulf needs you. America needs you.” Nugent did not address the fact that marine oil spills can have effects on an ocean ecosystem decades after they are contained. Additionally, scientists have warned that the spill will have a negative health impact on the health of people living in the Gulf region “for generations.”
In a January 9, 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “Diversity is America’s greatest strength, according to the left and its socialist, Marxist, commie cohorts and co-conspirators running rampant across the country. If you listen carefully to these America-hating, social-engineering liberals, virtually all behavior, conduct, morals and beliefs make America stronger. This, of course, is toxic, brain-dead logic that leaves ordinary Americans shaking and scratching their heads in confusion and disgust. We recognize bull dung when we hear, see and smell it, and we have no desire whatsoever to embrace it … The left is forcing its version of diversity throughout our society and culture. According to the left and its acolytes, we are supposed to respect people who refuse to respect Old Glory or learn English, look for a job or put forth the effort to do an honest day’s work. We are supposed to respect all cultures, values, laws and religions—even when they have proved throughout history to be dangerous and diametrically opposed to our American way of life, customs, laws and traditions. It will be a cold day in hell before I embrace voodoolike religions and unclean stone-age cultures that retard progress instead of advancing it. The real issue is that by forcing diversity and multicultural nonsense in our workplaces, schools and government agencies on people who still cherish common sense and traditional American values, we’re ripping the nation apart.” Nugent went on to claim that Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement that some critics of President Obama are motivated by race is “the ultimate act of racism.” He continued, “I respect diverse people who respect and cherish basic American customs, traditions, goodwill and values. I have no respect for left-wingers who employ intimidation to make multiculturalism or diversity mandatory as the law of the land. The diversity punks believe in racial set-asides and preferences. You won’t ever solve discrimination by engaging in reverse discrimination. Maybe a racist like Jesse Jackson or Mr. Holder believes in reverse discrimination, but ordinary Americans do not. We are much too focused and intelligent to buy into such Jabberwocky. Real diversity, real change, real progress is accomplished by promoting and embracing Western culture, values and traditions, which is what made America great and created the greatest quality of life ever. Weakening this proven methodology under the artful guise of diversity, multiculturalism and political correctness is every bit as insidious a threat to America as are voodoo-inspired terrorist punks.”
In a December 16, 2011 Washington Times op-ed, Nugent stated, “The majority of people who are poor in America are poor because they knowingly have made poor decisions. That may be ugly and uncomfortable to the soulless, politically correct masters of denial, but it’s the truth nonetheless. Being poor is largely a choice, a daily, if not hourly, decision … We need to punish poor decisions instead of rewarding them. We cannot continue to offer a safety blanket to those Americans who make poor choices. The fewer social welfare programs, the better. This, too, may be ugly and uncomfortable, but we must make hard choices that force people into making smart, responsible decisions … Our schools need to be dramatically restructured. I advocate that our kids go to school year-round from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. We need to make it easier to fire poor teachers and reward good ones and bust up the National Education Association [union] … If you can’t afford to have kids, quit having them and expecting the taxpayers to pay for them. Men and women with no visible means of support other than the taxpayer dime shouldn’t be having children. That may sound ugly and controlling, but it’s much uglier to expect the taxpayer to pay for mindless baby-making machines, which guarantees the cycle of poverty.”
In a December 14, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “At least the Three Stooges were hilarious. The Occupy [Wall Street] stooges are much different, though they certainly qualify for classic numskull stooges nonetheless. They are dirty, political punks. I seriously doubt the majority of them could identify five reasons why they are protesting. No one else in the country can. You don’t need to search the Internet far to read story after story of the Occupy stooges committing crimes, fighting the cops, destroying personal property, stinking the place up and engaging in other noble expressions of First Amendment rights. I find that beautiful—priceless, actually. Only human cockroaches spotlight themselves … What America is witnessing is the Democratic Party on parade. I say let the parade of simple stooges continue. Let them continue to demand something for nothing, try and close down streets, fight with the cops, live in filth, dance like Timothy Leary zombies. It’s beautiful. It’s so Democratic Party. Let working hard, playing hard mom-and-pop America witness the Democratic Party in all its shameless, numskull and dirty glory. As the party clowns work tirelessly to falsely paint conservatives as heartless, cold, evil, sexist and racist, I say conservatives should do whatever we can to encourage the Occupy stooges to stay on course, painting themselves for what they are. While I don’t condone violence, watching the cops pounce on and pepper-spray a few Occupy stooges and then drag the dirtballs off to jail in shackles is good for my conservative soul and gold for my sense of humor. Everyone needs at least one hearty laugh every day … What America is witnessing by watching the Occupy clown brigades is the future of America if the Democratic Party is in control.”
In an October 14, 2011 Washington Times op-ed about the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, Nugent wrote, “From what I can tell, the softheaded numskulls of Occupy Wall Street want investment bankers to give up their wealth, as in ‘spread the wealth around’ … Poster boy for the morbidly obese and natural leader of the hygiene-challenged, uber-lefty America-haters, Michael Moore spoke out in favor of Occupy Wall Street. What he didn’t tell the crowd of useful idiots and what they are too stupid to grasp is that he is one of the wealthy individuals whom he and they supposedly despise … Occupy Wall Street is nothing more than anti-American socialism on parade. Yes, people, especially young people, have a right to be angry, and the smart ones are focusing their anger on [Democrats] President Obama, Rep. Barney Frank, former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, and other anti-free-market socialists. They are the ones who have wrecked the economy … Of course, the uninspired, uneducated, unskilled and stoned have been conditioned for generations to expect something for nothing. They will always be in the tank of the left-wing movement – and they will always be unmotivated and poor and will continue to blame others for their condition … Smart people know that Mr. Moore and Miss [Roseanne] Barr represent a fringe movement of people who are poor because they have made a lifetime of poor choices.”
In an October 7, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent described the country of Iran as “the land of Allah freaks” and added, “Convert to Islam or die is the mantra of many of the world’s Muslims … It may be a religion of peace, but the religious voodoo whack jobs who embrace the faith are an oppressive, cruel and violent lot … A quick search of the Internet reveals hundreds of instances of Muslims terrorizing and killing Christians and destroying their churches. And we are supposed to believe that Islam is the religion of peace. I think not. Go to jihadwatch.com and read about Islam, the religion of persecution, death and destruction.” He concluded by writing, “Green energy ain’t cuttin’ it. Tilting at windmills is for idiots. Like it or not, America still runs on oil. I’m all for clean energy, such as nuclear, but I’m also a realist who understands that it is brain-dead to be doing business with voodoo extremists when we have access to so much oil and so many other energy resources that we could be mining but aren’t because of our own environmental extremists.”
After blaming President Barack Obama for all of the nation’s economic woes in a September 30, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent stated, “Quite honestly, I couldn’t blame young people if they began to riot in the streets. I don’t want to see that, but I could understand it … The president will try to con young people again into believing that he and his fantasy-driven socialist policies will somehow magically create an environment where the economy will improve and jobs will reappear … Young Americans looking to start their lives are learning some cold, hard lessons. Things could get ugly, and I wouldn’t blame them if they began fighting in the streets. The conditions are perfect.”
Nugent authored a September 27, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times to take issue with comments that actor Morgan Freeman made about the Tea Party movement. Nugent wrote, “If Mr. Freeman could further remove his racist blinders and study the historical condition of black America, he would find the black community was vibrant and strong 60 years ago. This is not the case today. Instead of leaping to ugly and unfounded charges of racism, Mr. Freeman should ask some fundamental questions about what has happened to black America and who is responsible for the destruction. The real architects of the destruction of black America are Democratic Party members who have lied to and manipulated black Americans into believing that the federal government is the answer to improving their condition when, in reality, it is the destroyer of black America. One has to wonder if Mr. Freeman could admit this obvious conclusion.”
During a September 15, 2011 appearance on NRA News radio, Nugent referred to federal law enforcement agents as “jack-booted thugs” and stated, “The curse of apathy has a name, and it’s ‘we the people.’ We have bent over so far as a citizenry in this country that we have allowed a communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-trained—a churchgoer to the hate America church—we have allowed him to become the president of the United States of America because we bent over that far.” The term “jack-booted thugs” dates back to 1995, when NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre used the phrase to describe law enforcement agents in the wake of federal sieges at Waco and Ruby Ridge. LaPierre’s comments were widely criticized, and former President George H.W. Bush publicly resigned his lifetime NRA membership because of them.
During a September 9, 2011 appearance on BBC Radio, Nugent said, “The American dream is based on putting your heart and soul into being the absolute best that you can be. I am convinced that the Republicans in general—and [2012 Republican presidential candidate] Rick Perry, specifically—represent that spirit and that spirit is alive and well across this country. And if we just went to the core of those that are collecting unemployment checks that will look you right in the eye…and go, ‘Yeah, there’s a bunch of jobs I can take, but why bother? I’m getting a pretty good check as it is and they’ll give it to me for two years.’ Do you realize that curse is widespread in this country? But Rick Perry, as a servant of we the people in Texas, respects the basic premise that an able-bodied American should dedicate themselves to be productive.” Nugent also stated that Rick Perry “is the great white buffalo. The fact that it is ‘great white buffalo’ has nothing to do with ethnicity. The great white buffalo was a Native American legend of a mystical beast that found the battered herd and led ‘em across the land.” Finally, Nugent predicted that “America will come to grips that America needs to look like Texas … Some of the greatest hunting in the world plus there’s no income tax plus I can carry a machine gun in my truck. I mean, how could you not move there?”
In a September 2, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “[AFL-CIO President Richard] Trumka knows that much of the trillion-dollar stimulus package is nothing more than President Obama using our tax dollars to provide artificial employment for union workers. It is a giant, taxpayer-funded payoff for labor unions to vote for Democrats. What a scam.” Nugent also blamed the United Auto Workers for problems in the American car industry and the National Teachers Union for problems with the nation’s educational system. Nugent concluded: “Public-sector employees should be banned from joining a union, paid a wage commensurate with the private sector and provided with the same benefits as their private-sector peers. Only a goon would think otherwise.”
During an August 27, 2011 concert in Peoria, Illinois, Nugent “invited his audience to storm down to [the Illinois state capitol in] Springfield and take it over.”
During an August 25, 2011 concert in Houston, Texas, Nugent told the crowd, “I cause Liberals to shit themselves. I make music for those assholes to kill themselves to.”
In an August 23, 2011 interview with the Houston Press, Nugent described his musical inspirations by saying the following: “So many other maniac, black animals continue to drive me and my band and my music wild.”
During an August 20, 2011 concert in Nashville, Tennessee, Nugent said, “The whole world sucks, but America still sucks less, you know? And as soon we get rid of those cocksuckers in the White House, we won’t suck at all.” Nugent then implored the crowd to raise their middle fingers to send “a message for the White House … A message for those pieces of shit who are fucking up this country.” Nugent also said, “There is a Mexican dream. Get the fuck out of Mexico. That’s the fucking Mexican dream. In case we got any of our import motherfuckers out there, when you come to America leave your fucking baggage at home. You came here because where you come from sucks. Don’t turn this place into the place you got away from, because where you got away from sucks shit.”
In an August 18, 2011 interview with conservative talk radio host Vicki McKenna, Nugent said the following:
- Nugent called himself the “funniest black man in America.”
- “You have a warrior [in Wisconsin] now. Scott Walker, the [Republican] governor of Wisconsin, is a warrior. He is a great man. He is upgrading the quality of life in Wisconsin—bringing accountability, pragmatism, and rugged individualism back to the forefront of a great state.”
- “There’s a lunatic fringe. There’s always been a lunatic fringe. Unfortunately and heartbreakingly, the lunatic fringe now has a president. The lunatic fringe has given the green light to corruption, fraud, deceit, lying, the abuse of power the likes of which I’ve never seen… Let’s be perfectly honest—we have a president of the United States of America who was raised by communists that hate America. Went to a church regularly—well, they call it a church, I call it a voodoo cave. They went to a voodoo church where they preached hate for America, where it was racist worse than the Ku Klux Klan. Are you kidding me? This guy is the president of the United States?”
- “America has the dumbest, fattest, most disconnected, slovenly children in the world thanks to the [National Education Association (NEA)]. NEA, unions, no thank you. Move to Canada. They already have policies that reward slovenliness up there.”
- “Let me tell you who the goons are, who the lunatic fringe is: Eric Holder, Tim Geithner, Hillary Clinton, who side with the goons, the savages, the rapists, the murderers of the U.N.”
- “By voting in [Republican] Scott Walker as Governor of Wisconsin you just said thank you to the family of a dead soldier.”
In an August 12, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times entitled “Rise of the Goons,” Nugent argued, “The basic role of the federal government was simply to protect [Americans] from invasion by another country. Now we are a nation of wussies and stupid goons who have suckled on the teat of Aunt Sugar Momma for so long that many Americans know nothing different. When the teat runs dry, gangland rioting follows. Kicking the habit of dependency is an obviously painful process. Americans need to ask their politicians one simple, fundamental question: What is the role of government? Those political punks who give some glib answer about providing for the good of the people have given rise to the rioting goon squads. Vote every one of these modern-day slave masters out of office.”
In an August 5, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times entitled “Hiroshima’s Lesson Remembered: Ending War with Overwhelming Force is Quickest Path to Peace,” Nugent wrote, “We face new enemies today, many of whom belong to voodoo terror cells that will use any weapon or means to kill as many Americans as possible. Let us pray that we have a plan to kill every one of these voodoo maggots before they kill another American.”
In a July 28, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent commented on the National Educational Association (NEA), the nation’s largest union, writing, “It’s not that our children are dumb, but rather that they are tossed into a dumb, antiquated system that is controlled by one of the largest and most powerful unions in the nation, the National Education Association.”
Nugent, who was rejected by a draft board during the Vietnam War, claimed in a July 25, 2011 interview with Military.com that he hastrained with the Navy Seals, Green Berets and Army Rangers in both an official and unofficial capacity since the late 1970s. Nugent claimed his military experience included “sniper work and some various combat type-training.” Referring to the administration of President Barack Obama, Nugent said, “over my dead body will I let this current regime continue in their abuse of power.”
In a July 21, 2011 interview with The Other Paper, Nugent expressed the following feelings about President Barack Obama: “Here is a man raised by avowed communist/socialist, America-hating parents; surrounded by avowed socialist/communist America-hating terrorists like Bill Ayers; attending an America-hating church; being preached to and married by a vicious, America-hating maniac; implementing proven economy- and America-destroying fundamental transformation policies; promising to cause our energy costs to skyrocket; and following the [Richard] Cloward/[Frances] Piven playbook on how to take down America. I’ll tell you what I think of people like the president. I am convinced he is the enemy of America, the enemy of freedom and the enemy of our Constitution. He is a bad, evil, rotten human being.” Nugent also stated that, “The tea party may be America’s only hope.”
On July 21, 2011, Nugent tweeted, “HumaneSocietyOfUnitedStates is vile criminal scam liars.”
In a July 7, 2011 interview with The Spokesman-Review, Nugent suggested that the United States “wipe out” anyone who lived within 1,000 square miles of a terrorist. Nugent also said that if he had one week to live he would spend it “crushing liberals, destroying animal rights people, eating backstraps, and doing charity work.”
In a July 6, 2011 Washington Times op-ed about the economy entitled “Obama punks America,” Nugent made an allusion to the lynching of the President by writing, “Blame George W. Bush if you want for all this bad news, but it is Mr. Obama’s political neck in the economic noose.”
During a July 5, 2011 concert, Nugent told the crowd, “Everyone in the White House…can suck my tiger dick.”
In an interview with Michael Butler of “The Rock and Roll Geek Show” on July 5, 2011 Nugent made the following comments:
- “I’m only semi-Caucasian tonight so I might dance on your skull.”
- “I was in a helicopter in Northern Texas in April with my M4 machinegun killing 169 pigs and 11 coyotes in one morning.”
- Nugent complained about a perceived liberal slant in the music press by comparing himself to “a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally.”
- Throughout the interview, Nugent burped President Barack Obama’s name saying, “That’s the only decent use of toxic gas by the way. Stating the President’s name.”
- “It’s almost like 1776 again. We have the enemies of America in charge.”
In a 2011 Fourth of July Washington Times op-ed, Nugent commented on the research of gun rights advocate John Lott and said, “Apparently the socialist stooges and terminal voodoo freaks at the U.N. didn’t read it. Perhaps some of the soulless voodoo punks at the U.N. can’t read. Based on their personal hygiene shortcomings, it wouldn’t surprise me.”
In a June 30, 2011 op-ed for Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “On this Independence Day, sit down with your children, loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers and read the Declaration of Independence and discuss it. Get them to commit to a new uprising in which our King George politicians are dethroned and run out of Washington. Be a patriot and save America.”
In a June 23, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote that while he “condemn[s] violence of any kind,” he is “stunned that [young people] are not participating more in the Tea Party, even rioting in the streets, clashing with the cops, conducting sit-ins at their colleges, interrupting political events and so on.”
In June 2011, during an interview with the Philip Friedman Outdoors radio program, Nugent said the following:
- He referred to people of Japanese descent as “Japs.”
- “So when you’re on these kind of mind-altering drugs and you’re mentally ill to think that animals can have rights like human beings do, you can also succumb to the criminal urges and the subhuman anti-life urges of murderers.”
- “If a person can think that an animal has rights, then they can think that a human doesn’t have any rights. And we have to watch out for these people and if necessary neutralize them.”
- Nugent called President Barack Obama “a community organizer gangster from Chicago” and his administration the “Mao Zedong Fan Club.”
- “There are plenty of whales … Tell [environmental activist] Paul [Watson] that I’m gonna’ go whale hunting this year. And I’m going to kill an extra 20 of them just for him. What a punk. I’ll tell you what. Hey Paul, bring your “Whale Wars” [cable television program] to the Ted Nugent concert and I’ll show you how we handle threats.”
In a May 2011 interview with CNN host Piers Morgan, Nugent asserted, “Anybody that wants to make me unarmed and helpless, people that want to literally create the proven places where more innocents are killed called gun-free zones, we’re going to beat you. We’re going to vote you out of office or suck on my machine gun … Anybody who would take away our individual rights and individual freedoms, they’re the enemy. They need to be killed.” Nugent also urged Americans to “do what the Tea Party is doing.” Finally, on the subject of homosexuality, Nugent said, “I’m repulsed at the concept of man-on-man sex. I think it’s against nature. I think it’s strange as hell, but if that’s what you are I love ya’.”
In an April 2011 op-ed published in the Washington Times entitled “America Needs Fox News,” Nugent wrote, “The American public is not nearly as naive or easily manipulated as what the liberal reporters in the newsroom believe. Thanks to the new media and cable news giant Fox News, there is now competition for viewers and readers, and the believability factor at Fox is kicking major butt. ”
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In an April 2011 Washington Times op-ed, Nugent defended Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant’s use of an anti-gay slur against a referee during a basketball game. Nugent sarcastically suggested that the NBA host a “Homosexual Night” where gays would come onto the court and “prance” to the music of the Village People before being awarded pink basketballs.
In a March 24, 2011 op-ed for the Washington Times entitled “Multicultural Rot in the Melting Pot,” Nugent wrote, “While Europe and America, to some extent, were embracing multiculturalism, Muslims were murdering Christians and burning down their churches in Muslim countries…The definition of Islam is subjugation.” The editorial was accompanied by an image of a man wearing a mosque as a dunce cap.
In a March 21, 2011 op-ed published by the Washington Times, Nugent wrote that “Africa isn’t called the Dark Continent for no reason,” opining that “genocide is a way of life” on the “international scab” continent.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Times on March 14, 2011, Nugent called Attorney General Eric Holder a “racist punk.” Nugent also claimed that Holder gave the New Black Panthers organization free reign to “legally intimidate white citizens without fear of reprisal.”
On February 28, 2011, Nugent tweeted, “So the union fools in WI r ok hanging with communists + other America haters?”
During a concert at Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Inaugural Ball on February 17, 2007, Nugent, “using machine guns as props appeared onstage as the final act of the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting offensive remarks about non-English speakers.” Responding to Nugent’s performance, Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas chapter of the NAACP, said, “Whenever someone sports the Confederate battle flag, many Texans will be offended, and rightly so, because of what it symbolizes—the enslavement of African-Americans and more recently the symbol of hate groups and terrorists.”
During a featured speech at the 2011 NRA Convention, Nugent told the audience, “If it was up to me, if you uttered the word ‘gun control,’ we’d put you in jail.”
During a February 2011 interview with Salt TV, Nugent said, “The thing is the unions and the Democrats and the Liberals have literally said, ‘No, you can be a feeble lazy whiner. We’ll send you a check.’ How about this? Under the Ted Nugent administration, welfare? Done. Zero. Unemployment? No such thing. Stop at the help wanted sign and do one of the jobs Americans aren’t willing to work … Get a fucking job.”
Five days after a January 8, 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona left six dead and thirteen wounded (including Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords), Nugent authored a Washington Times op-ed stating, “I say conservatives should turn up the rhetoric … Political debate has always been spirited, hot and sometimes nasty.” He added, “In order to defeat liberals on the political-ideology battlefield, conservatives must be clear in purpose and then get after it by targeting (yes, I said targeting) and attacking Democratic nostrums that have weakened America.”
On September 10, 2010, the Washington Times published an op-ed written by Nugent entitled “A Salute to Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, et al.” In the piece Nugent praised the entire Fox News team for their “sensible, courageous and reasonable voices.”
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In an August 19, 2010 op-ed in the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “The Muslim community is being tremendously rude and stupid for wanting to build a mosque so close to Ground Zero in New York City. Instead of using the $100 million for their proposed mosque, I recommend that the Muslims donate the cash to the U.S. military so we can build more smart bombs to kill more radical, voodoo Muslims. That would earn my respect and admiration … If Islam is the religion of peace, then I’m a malnourished, tofu-eating anti-hunter.”
In a November 9, 2010 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote, “If we are to save the country for future generations of Americans and ensure they have more opportunity than we do, we must address entitlement spending and address it now. Then kill it all.”
In an October 2010 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent wrote that African Americans “are suffering the worst economically and jobwise because they looked to Mr. Obama and others for their hope instead of themselves…That’s how a culture of safety nets operates.”
In a September 23, 2010 Washington Times op-ed, Nugent wrote, “If there are in fact moderate Muslims, they have been quiet as mosque mice regarding their views.” He also expressed his concern about “Shariah law slowing poisoning our legal system.” “What the Obama administration and Muslims will not tell Americans is that the ultimate goal of Islam is to take over the world and replace representative, constitutional governments with Shariah,” wrote Nugent.
In August 2010, Nugent pled no contest to 11 misdemeanor charges and was fined $1,750 for illegally baiting and killing an undersized deer. California game wardens reported the incident after observing Nugent using illegal hunting techniques on his television program “Spirit of the Wild.”
In a July 1, 2010 op-ed for the Washington Times about members of the Supreme Court who favor gun control, Nugent wrote, “Heads up, black-robers. I am in charge of my life, survival, thoughts, statements, writings, religious practices and, without a shadow of a doubt, my God-given individual right to keep and bear arms to defend myself from evil in any shape or form. With all due respect, I see and know clear and present evil in tyranny, dictatorships, emperors, kings, despots, slave drivers and the history of abuse of power. And I defy it out of hand.”
In a June 11, 2010 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent compared the spirit of his upcoming “Trample the Weak Hurdle the Dead” tour to “the world’s bravest men when they charged up those inflamed stairways on Sept. 11, 2001, to try to save as many innocent lives as they could.”
In a May 7, 2010 op-ed in the Washington Times, Nugent called for the racial profiling of Muslims using the following analogy: “Word on the streets of our otherwise quiet little neighborhood is that random packs of Dalmatians have been attacking kids all over town. Numerous eyewitness reports, video, citizens’ testimony and documentation conclusively identifies these black-and-white-spotted dogs violently biting, maiming, and in some horrific instances, actually killing children and then viciously attacking responding animal-control officers … And the list of dogs with little black and white spots goes on and on and on. We are waging a war on terror and terrorists – Muslim monsters whose self-avowed “religion” is to wipe out Americans. They say it and they do it every chance they get. They are not inconvenient or rude – they are deadly. We know who they are, how they live and we know what they look like. And they are everywhere.” He also added, “First rule from my hometown of Detroit – you don’t bring a net to a dogfight. You bring a silenced .22 Magnum scoped rifle and take out the dangerous animal with a head shot at the very first opportunity … My name is Ted Nugent, and I profile.”
In a March 8, 2010 op-ed for the Washington Times, Nugent mocked high profile individuals who have been killed or injured by animals including, “Steve Irwin, brain-dead hippie grizzly bear neighbors, religious voodoo rattlesnake witch doctors, homosexual Las Vegas lion huggers, and the Orca handlers at Sea World.” Regarding his practice of riding a buffalo on stage during concerts, Nugent said, “I carried a 10mm handgun in my belt during those stage rides, just in case the beast decided to go buffalo on me. A quick 200-grain armor-piercing slug through the back of his head would have made the difference between a momentary increase in entertainment value and a few dozen or more trampled rock fans. I knew this, and I was prepared.”
During a March 6, 2008 appearance on “NRA News,” Nugent discussed how he donated a hunting trip to a family with four disabled children and no health insurance, saying, “The anti-hunters are against compassion. The anti-hunters are gonna’ protest that Ted Nugent is gonna’ take the Clark family hunting and I’m just going to say, ‘Don’t talk to me. Talk to that young man in the wheelchair over there. And you, Mr. PETA [People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals] punk, you Mr. HSUS [Humane Society of the United States] mindless whore, you tell the little boy he can’t go hunting and then come see me.’” Nugent also bragged about firing fully automatic machine guns with “inner city” youth, stating, “You want to get a kid high? Give him a machine gun with Uncle Ted.” Finally, Nugent commented, “The only difference between [deceased Nirvana frontman] Kurt Cobain’s quail gun and mine is I use mine on quail.”
During a June 2007 appearance on Fox News, Nugent compared the illegal immigration issue to the Battle of the Alamo, saying, “Davy Crockett had to shoot Santa Anna’s men. It was the right thing to do. Everybody knows that Davy Crockett was doing the right thing. But he wouldn’t get the Hispanic vote.”
In a March 20, 2007 interview with KLRU (an Austin, Texas-based PBS affiliate), Nugent stated, “Instead of arresting people for molesting children twenty-four times, I would rather the dad walked in the room, found a person molesting that child, and blew his brains out.”
The pre-release cover for Nugent’s 2007 “Love Grenade” album featured a photo of a nude woman on a platter. The woman is bound with rope and has a hand grenade in her mouth.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Independent in May 2006, Nugent—who shared that both he and his teenage son have experienced accidental firearm discharges—fired a handgun out of window of the truck he was driving and made the following comments:
- “I say if somebody robs you, shoot ’em. I’d like all thieves killed. And all rapists. And carjackers. No more graffiti. No
- Speaking on the Iraq War: “Our failure has been not to Nagasaki them.”
- “How do you get peace, love and understanding? First of all you have to find all the bad people. Then you kill them.”
- When asked if his fellow NRA board members think that he goes too far in his public comments, Nugent said, “Most of them. I say that I want the rape victim to shoot the rapist. They agree with me privately. They think stating this publicly is bad PR. They’re wrong.”
During a 2006 performance of his song “Kiss My Glock,” Nugent called both gun control advocate Sarah Brady (whose husband Jim Brady was seriously injured in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan) and former Attorney General Janet Reno “a dirty whore” and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson “a piece of shit.” Nugent also shot a crossbow at an effigy of Reno, causing its pants to fall off and reveal a giant phallus.
During a featured speech at the 2005 NRA Convention, Nugent told the audience, “Remember the Alamo! Shoot ’em! To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court case. No parole. No early release. I want ’em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot ’em.”
In 2004, Nugent was sued for child support by a woman he fathered a child with while married to his current wife. During the proceedings, the woman’s lawyer accused Nugent of “trying to intimidate his client into withdrawing questions about Nugent’s finances.” In 2005, Nugent was ordered to pay $3,500 a month in child support.
Regarding controversial comments he made during an April 2000 concert in Houston, Texas, Nugent explained, “What I said is, ‘If you can’t speak English, get the fuck out of America.’ Spurred by a first-person, hands-on, eyewitness experience in America, where I’ve gone to enough fuckin’ convenience stores where the cocksucker behind the counter can’t translate ‘doughnut’ for me. I never mentioned the word ‘Hispanics.’ I never mentioned the word ‘Mexicans.’ I never mentioned the word ‘Latinos.’ I never mentioned the words ‘Spanish language.’ I merely said, ‘If you can’t speak English, get the fuck out of America.”
During an appearance on the Fox News show Hannity and Colmes in 2000, Nugent described homosexuality as a “despicable act” performed by “guys that have sex with each other’s anal cavities.”
During a 2000 concert in Greenville, South Carolina, Nugent addressed an ongoing controversy concerning the flying of the Confederate flag at South Carolina’s statehouse by telling the audience, “Those politically correct motherfuckers can take the flag down but I am going to wear it forever.”
In a 1995 interview with Bob Mack for Grand Royal magazine, Nugent suggested that “real America” is populated by “working hard, playing hard white mother fuckin’ shit kickers who are independent” and challenged the host to name a similar black American. Nugent later used the N-word and said, “The black guys with this rap, electronic, make-believe, talentless music makes me want to throw up.”
In a 1994 interview with Westword newspaper, Nugent called then-First Lady Hillary Clinton a “toxic cunt” and a “two-bit whore for Fidel Castro.” Commenting on the immigration issue, he said, “We should put razor wire around our borders and give the finger to any piece of shit who wants to come here.” Finally, Nugent offered that LSD users should be caned and “go to prison in an overcrowded cell where a huge, unclean black man will fuck [them] in the ass every night.”
On November 19, 1992 Nugent said the following on WRIF-FM in Detroit, Michigan: “Foreigners are assholes, foreigners are scum. I don’t like ’em. I don’t want ’em in this country.”
Interviewed in late 1992 on WRIF-FM in Detroit, Michigan, Nugent referred to animal rights activist Heidi Prescott as a “worthless whore” and “shallow slut” before asking, “Who needs to club a seal, when you could club Heidi?”
While guest DJing for WRIF in Detroit, Michigan, in 1992, commented about a previous encounter with a Hare Krishna, saying, “In my mind, I’m going, ‘Why can’t I just shoot this guy in the spine right now, shoot him in the spine, explain the facts of life to him?’”
On September 25, 1991 Nugent said the following on WRIF-FM in Detroit, Michigan: “I met a couple guys in line yesterday who go, ‘Write something to my girlfriend, she won’t let me go hunting.’ I wrote her something and I said, ‘Drop dead, bitch.’ What good is she, trade her in, get a Dalmatian. Who needs the wench?” During the same show, Nugent said, “Saudi Arabia, man, and see if we can’t get a four iron and knock people’s laundry off the top of their heads. Wear laundry on your head and die.”
While guest DJing for WRIF in Detroit, Michigan, in 1991, Nugent said: “Anybody that doesn’t think it is better to blow someone’s brains out than to be raped, deserves to be raped. If you don’t think your life is worth it, then please go out there, don’t wear any underpants, and get raped, ‘cause you deserve it.”
In 1990, Nugent conducted an interview with the Detroit Free Press Magazine and stated, “Apartheid isn’t that cut and dry. All men are not created equal. The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man … They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands …These are different people. You give ’em toothpaste, they fucking eat it.” Nugent also defended his use of the N-word, saying it was a natural result of “hanging around with a lot of niggers.”
In 1978, Nugent began dating a 17 year old girl when he was 30 years old. To avoid any legal repercussions, Nugent convinced the girl’s parents to sign over legal guardianship rights to him. The move was ranked #63 in a Spinmagazine list entitled, “The 100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock.”
In an interview with High Times in October 1977, Nugent explained how he avoided being drafted for the Vietnam War: “So I got my notice to be in the draft. Do you think I was gonna’ lay down my guitar and go play army? Give me a break! I was busy doin’ it to it … I got my physical notice thirty days prior to. Well, on that day I ceased cleansing my body. No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water. Thirty days of debris build. I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie. I had long hair, and it started gettin’ kinky, matted up. Then two weeks before, I stopped eating any food with nutritional value … Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom. I did it in my pants. poop, piss the whole shot. My pants got crusted up. See, I approached the whole thing like, Ted Nugent, cool hard-workin’ dude, is gonna wreak havoc on these imbeciles in the armed forces. I’m gonna’ play their own game, and I’m gonna’ destroy ‘em. Now my whole body is crusted in poop and piss. I was ill. And three or four days before, I started stayin’ awake. I was close to death, but I was in control. I was extremely anti-drug as I’ve always been, but I snorted some crystal methedrine. Talk about one wounded mother *****. A guy put up four lines, and it was for all four of us, but I didn’t know and I’m vacuuming that poop right up. I was a walking, talking hunk of human poop. I was six-foot-three of sin. So the guys took me down to the physical, and my nerves, my emotions were distraught. I was not a good person … So I went in, and those guys in uniform couldn’t believe the smell. They were ridiculin’ me and pushin’ me around and I was cryin’, but all the time I was laughin’ to myself. When they stuck the needle in my arm for the blood test I passed out, and when I came to they were kicking me into the wall. Then they made everybody take off their pants, and I did, and this sergeant says, ‘Oh my God, put those back on! You *****’ swine, you!’ Then they had a urine test and I couldn’t piss, but my poop was just like ooze, man, so I poop in the cup and put it on the counter. I had poop on my hand and my arm. The guy almost puked. I was so proud. I knew I had these chumps beat. The last thing I remember was wakin’ up in the ear test booth and they were sweepin’ up. So I went home and cleaned up. They took a putty knife to me. I got the street rats out of my hair, ate some good steaks, beans, potatoes, cottage cheese, milk. A couple of days and I was ready to kick ass. And in the mail I got this big juicy 4-F. They’d call dead people before they’d call my ass. But you know the funny thing about it? I’d make an incredible army man. I’d be a colonel before you knew what hit you, and I’d have the baddest bunch of motherfuckin’ killers you’d ever seen in my platoon. But I just wasn’t into it. I was too busy doin’ my own thing, you know?” A Selective Service form that chronicles Nugent’s draft history can be viewed here.