Ted Nugent will be at it again. The gun-loving rocker was re-elected to the National Rifle Association’s board of directors at the May 21 annual meeting in Louisville, KY – a meeting that prohibited guns, by the way.
Just weeks after promoting a fake video of Bernie Sanders shooting fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the chest, the rightwing-nut turned the annual NRA meeting into a profane, pro-Trump rally while delivering his speech, titled “2016 Election Do or Die for America and Freedom.”
As you can imagine, Nugent’s speech was shock- and chock-full of ugly rhetoric. Calling Bernie Sanders “a freak,” he said this:
“Hey Bernie: eat [expletive] and die…[Put] that on MSNBC!”
He also called President Obama “the devil.”
Wait a minute. Ted should be dead right now, no? Back in 2012, according to The Atlantic, he told a crowd of NRA convention-goers, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
That line got him a visit from the Secret Service. However, the case was soon closed. It was determined that Nugent was simply exercising his First Amendment rights and actually posed no imminent threat to the president.
Yeah, well, eight years later Nugent’s impotent threats are still BS.
But let me tell you who the Motor City Madman does love. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. And why the lovefest? Trump’s anti-Muslim ban, of course.
During his NRA talk, Nugent answered a man’s question on how to “stop the Islamification of America” this way:
“Raise hell with your elected officials, and Donald Trump, when he said ban Muslims, I gotta tell you, if there was a rash of dog bites in my neighborhood, and everyone one of them was by Dalmatians, I would ban spotted dogs.”
That would be necessary “for the safety of the community and the safety of the nation,” he said.
Nugent’s Muslim rhetoric drew applause and laughter from many in the NRA crowd of more than 1,500 people.
It’s not been a year without controversy for the racist and bigot. As his man Trump might say, “Let me tell you that.”
In January, Nugent called for Obama and Hillary Clinton to be hanged for treason for their supposed malfeasance during the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks.
Nugent caused widespread controversy in February after sharing an image on his Facebook page that suggested Jews are behind a conspiracy to enact stricter gun laws. After coming under fire from the Anti-Defamation League and other groups, Nugent further claimed that Jewish supporters of gun safety laws are “Nazis in disguise.” As condemnations continued to roll in, even from far-right pro-gun organizations (but not the NRA), Nugent eventually apologized, claiming he did not realize the image he shared that placed Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates had a “connection whatsoever to any religious affiliation.”
In March, Nugent called a critic with a Hispanic name a “beanochimp” and suggested the man should die.
Later that same month, Nugent shared a misogynist chain message about why men supposedly prefer guns over women, which included claims like “guns function normally every day of the month” and “A gun doesn’t mind if you go to sleep after you use it.”
On March 31, Nugent posted a racially derogatory image on his Facebook page that he said was an advertisement for a moving company called “2 niggers and a stolen truck.”
In his May 10 Facebook page post of Hillary Clinton being graphically shot to death by Bernie Sanders, he added his own comment: “I got your guncontrol right here bitch!”
Nugent urged NRA meeting-goers to unite around Donald Trump, who chased the remaining opponents from the GOP presidential race earlier this month.
“Don’t give me this ‘He’s not your favorite guy’ crap,” he said.
Nugent, who has been member of the NRA board for 20 years, was re-elected to a three-year term, receiving the second most votes (Iran-Contra’s Oliver North claimed the number one spot).
If just Ted Nugent’s continued success in and with the NRA doesn’t show you what the leadership of this organization is all about — bang-bang, we’re all gonna be dead.
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