reports that while speaking at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting, Nugent, 63, urged Americans to vote for Mitt Romney, presumed GOP presidential candidate. He described Obama as a "vile," and "America-hating" president. He said the Obama administration should be shot like a coyote. He also said supporters should "chop (Democrats') head off" on election day.
reports he told the audience at the meeting: "I'll tell you this right now. If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don't even know what you're made out of."
According to The Wall Street Journal
, Nugent said: ”Our government is wiping its a*** with the Constitution...We’ve got four Supreme Court justices who don’t believe in the Constitution. Does everybody here know that four of the Supreme Court justices not only determined you don’t have the right to keep and bear arms, four Supreme Court justices signed their name to a declaration that Americans have no fundamental right to self-defense? That sounds like a stoned hippie. That doesn’t sound like a Supreme Court anything.”
Nugent told gun-rights supporters that it was in their interest to recruit more people to vote for Romney in November. He said: "It isn't the enemy who ruined America, it's good people who bent over and let the enemy in. If the coyote's in your living room p****** on your couch, it's not the coyote's fault. It's your fault for not shooting him. We are patriots, we are Braveheart. We need to ride into the battlefield and chop their heads off in November."
reports Right Wing Watch
criticized Romney for not "rebuking" Nugent. Right Wing Watch's Michael Keegan, President of People for the American Way, said: "We don’t expect moderation from Ted Nugent, but we do expect a major presidential candidate like Mitt Romney to rebuke a prominent supporter for spewing hate-filled and violent rhetoric against the president of the United States."
reports that a spokesman for Mitt Romney distanced his campaign from the remarks. Andrea Saul said: "Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil."
But Nugent at a radio talk show in St. Louis said he was being persecuted for speaking "the truth." He said: "I'm a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally."
Nugent endorsed Romney after he met him in March.