Do you think Ted Nugent is a threat to President Obama, or a typical loudmouth radical?
Ted Nugent will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday as a result of incendiary comments he made about the president, the rocker told conservative radio host Glenn Beck.
“We actually have heard from the Secret Service and they have a duty. I support them. I salute them. And I look forward to our meeting tomorrow,” Nugent said on Wednesday, according to the Beck-founded website The Blaze. “I‘m sure we’ll have a great conversation … bottom line is, I’ve never threatened anybody’s life in my life. I’ve never threatened. I don’t waste breath threatening.”
Nugent emphasized that he has a great deal of respect for the Secret Service, and never actually advocated physical violence.
“Every reference I made, whether it’s a shot across the bow or targeting the enemy, it always ended the sentence with ‘in November at the voter booth,’” he said on the show. “I’m not trying to diminish the seriousness of this, because if the Secret Service are doing it they are serious. They are dedicated and I will be as polite and supportive as I possibly can be, which will be thoroughly.”
The Secret Service confirmed on Tuesday that it would look into the musician’s remarks.
At the National Rifle Association convention, Nugent had said, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November… Our president, attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton — they’re criminals, they’re criminals,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign took steps Wednesday to distance itself further from Nugent, telling NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday that the campaign “never solicited” Nugent’s March 2 endorsement, apparently contrary to a Texas Tribune article written at the time.
That article said that Nugent’s endorsement came only following a phone call with Romney, when the former Massachusetts governor promised not to restrict Second Amendment rights. (Nugent is an avid hunter.)
The Romney campaign’s disavowal comes after it already distanced itself from Nugent on Tuesday.
“Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil,” said campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul.
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