Ted Nugent: Threat to Obama, or harmless loudmouth?(Read article summary)
Ted Nugent can expect a call from the Secret Service after saying at the NRA convention over the weekend that he'd be either 'dead or in jail' a year from now if Obama is reelected.
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Rocker Ted Nugent is in trouble for remarks he made over the weekend about President Obama at the National Rifle Associationâ€™s convention in St. Louis. The Secret Service intends to contact him to ask what he meant when he said in an interview that â€śif Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.â€ť
Itâ€™s not legal to threaten the nationâ€™s chief executive, which is why the Secret Service is getting involved. Although Nugentâ€™s remarks could also be interpreted as a threat to kill himself, if you ask us.
In the same interview the aging Motor City Madman Nugent called the liberal block of the Supreme Court â€śevil, anti-American peopleâ€ť and said the administration in general is â€śvile, evil, [and] America-hating.â€ť
Is this a problem for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney? After all, Mr. Nugent endorsed Mr. Romney in early March, shortly after the Michigan primary. At the time this earned a thumbs-up from Romneyâ€™s son Tagg, who said on his Twitter account that â€śTed Nugent endorsed my Dad today. Ted Nugent? How cool is that?! He joins Kid Rock as great Detroit musicians on team Mitt!â€ť
Today Tagg may be wishing his Dad had landed the coveted Bob Seger nod instead. Democrats were all over this today, calling on Romney to disown the comments of a rocker the Democratic National Committee referred to as a â€śRomney surrogate.â€ť
Romney did so, issuing a statement through a spokeswoman that â€śdivisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from.â€ť
What will be the upshot of all this? Perhaps, just perhaps it will mark a moment when Washingtonâ€™s umbrage-generation machine finally jumped the shark. If you get our drift.
Ted Nugent, political surrogate? Weâ€™re not even sure Ted Nugent is a Ted Nugent surrogate. Twitter is swarming with comments on this uproar at the moment. Generally, they can be broken down into three categories:
1.Â Ted Nugent is still alive?
2.Â Ted Nugent is more of a threat to music than politics.
3.Â This doesnâ€™t even make the list of Top Ten Crazy Ted Nugent Moments.
In regards to point 3, Nugent in 2003 hosted a VH1 reality show titled â€śSurviving Nugent,â€ť in which urban celebrities visited him at his Michigan ranch near Jackson, 70 miles west of Detroit, and competed in typical Great Lakes State outdoors activities such as skinning a Russian boar.