If you see Ted Nugent live, you know that he’ll play “Wango Tango.” And if you get Ted Nugent talking politics, you know that he’ll use openly inciteful violent rhetoric.
As CNN reported, the Central Texas-based nostalgia rocker, who has endorsed Mitt Romney in November’s presidential election, is under fire for his comments at this past weekend’s National Rifle Association convention.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. “If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”
He accused the government of “wiping its ass with the Constitution you’re living under a rock some place” and labeled members of the Obama administration, including the vice president, attorney general and secretary of state “criminals.”
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”
But that rhetoric is downright harmless compared to one of Nugent’s onstage rants five years ago.
As Elizabeth Goodman of Rolling Stone reported, in August of 2007 Nugent came onstage with two machine guns and took aim at President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun,” Nugent said.
And, “Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b*tch.”
A spokesman for the Secret Service told Dan Amira at Daily Intel that they were “aware” of Nugent’s current comments, “and we’ll conduct an appropriate follow up.”
On Twitter, Democratic National Chair and Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz called out Romney, whose campaign declined a request for comment from US News and World Report:
Romney surrogate Ted Nugent’s comments about Pres. Obama are vile & beyond the pale—and the Romney campaign should denounce them immediately
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) April 16, 2012
Below, the salient portion of Nugent’s NRA appearance, as posted by Right Wing Watch. You can also view the entire interview, as posted by the NRA:
Update: According to Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times, the Romney campaign did eventually issue a statement “without mentioning Mr. Nugent by name.”