Ted Nugent is a rock n’ roll legend. He is also a right-wing republican and ultra popular speaker and pundit for prominent Republicans. He is a favorite guest of Sean Hannity and a constant fixture for right wing politicians, like Sarah Palin and Rick Perry.
Today, at an NRA (National Rifle Association) conference Nugent threatened death and violence if Mitt Romney did not win the November elections. The very popular, regular pundit of Fox News, was flanked by machine guns, when he warned that “If Barack Obama becomes the President in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year”. Nugent was emphatic in his praise of candidate, Mitt Romney. He admonished the crowd of cheering fans, that the government was “wiping it’s ass with the Constitution”. As Nugent insisted that the President doesn’t “even like the Constitution” the crowd signaled it’s approval. The rocker implored the NRA’s loyal attendees to bring potential Romney supporters to the polls. He stated that the future of the nation was dependent upon Mitt Romney winning the election, noting that “If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we’re done”. He told the adoring crowd that “We need to ride into the battlefield and chop their heads off in November”.
Nugent’s comments followed Mitt Romney’s own speech to the NRA, yesterday. His comments are also somewhat unoriginal as they are common place claims in right wing media. The idea that America cannot survive another term of President Obama is a constant refrain of the right. Nugent’s comments are also a less reserved parody of Mitt Romney’s speech to the NRA. Romney portrayed himself as the champion of freedom in his speech and he suggested that President Obama was a direct threat to our nation’s freedom. ” We need a President who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen and those who seek to protect their home and family. President Obama has not; I will”. He accused the President of attempting to “browbeat” the Supreme Court. He warned that in a second term, President Obama would threaten the right to bear arms.
It should be noted that President Obama has taken no action against gun ownership and that in many ways he has liberalized the right to carry weapons. Despite his relatively friendly policies gun owners have been fed a steady diet of conspiracies regarding President Obama’s hostility towards gun ownership. Shortly after the President’s election, gun stores were besieged by consumers who believed (largely as a result of talk radio) that the President was going to artificially raise the price of bullets (the equivalent of Chris Rock’s famous joke).
Thus far Mitt Romney has offered no comment on Ted Nugent’s controversial comments or his advocacy of his bid for the Presidency.