Ted Nugent has denied encouraging violence when he referred to as on supporters of Donald Trump to go “berserk on the skulls of Democrats” throughout a efficiency on the former U.S. president’s “American Freedom Tour” cease in Texas over the weekend.
Whereas showing in Austin on Saturday (Might 14),the 73-year-old rocker, who often promotes conspiracy theories about the whole lot from the COVID-19 pandemic to the U.S. Capitol riot, instructed the roughly 8,000 folks in attendance, all of whom have been required to buy tickets to listen to Trump converse on the Austin Conference Middle: “Consider what the enemies of America have performed over the past 14 months. They did not sneak into the White Home — they lied, they cheated, they scammed, and day by day the Democrats violate their sacred oath to the Structure. And if you cannot impress your folks on that, they should not be your folks.
“So I like you folks madly,” Nugent continued, “however I might love you extra in case you went ahead and simply went berserk on the skulls of the Democrats and the Marxists and the Communists.”
Within the days following the rally, Nugent was accused of hate speech, particularly since his feedback got here simply hours after an alleged white supremacist killed 10 folks in a mass taking pictures at a grocery retailer. However in a YouTube livestream on Wednesday (Might 18),Ted pushed again towards the criticism, claiming that he was not inciting violence and was as a substitute encouraging Trump supporters to get out and vote.
Referring to the “enemies of America” who’re “welcomed” by the U.S. authorities which “refuses to safe our borders,” Nugent mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi): “I do know it makes you wanna simply beat the shit out of those folks ‘trigger they’re so unhealthy. I am speaking about beating the shit out of unhealthy folks which are ruining America.” However then he clarified: “I am not gonna beat the shit out of ’em. We’re gonna beat the shit out of ’em on the voting sales space. So all people, loosen up with their I have to pound it into their skulls, ‘Nugent pounding skulls.’ No, it is a colloquialism. Now, my critics do not know what the phrase ‘colloquialism’ means, so we’ll simply look forward to them to go to their Webster’s dictionary and Google it. ‘Pounding it into their skulls’ is a historic colloquialism and proof to help the reality, logic and customary sense into the minds of idiots. You do not actually pound skulls; it is a determine of speech. How embarrassing that the writer of ‘Wango Tango’ has to clarify this to the haters. However they already know — they similar to to hate. They simply stay a lie. They’re all liars. All my critics are both liars or simply rotten, nasty folks.”
Simply final month, Nugent, who’s an avid Trump supporter, was requested throughout an look on QFM96‘s “Torg & Elliott” radio present if he thinks the billionaire actual property mogul will run once more in 2024. He responded: “Sure. And I’ve gotta let you know. So, can we not need safe borders? Safe borders usually are not good? Stopping the circulate of fentanyl will not be a good suggestion? Stopping invaders from Syria and Somalia and jihadists coming throughout our southern borders, that is not a good suggestion? Making the members of NATO and the Paris Accord pay their very own manner, that is not a good suggestion? The bottom unemployment within the historical past of America, that is a foul concept?
“I’ve gotta inform ya, anyone that’s towards Trump is actually towards high quality of life in the US Of America. Whether or not you just like the man or not, that has nothing to do with it.
“He saved your youngster from the whitewater rapids; stop complaining about his speedo.”
Nugent beforehand spoke about his admiration for America’s forty fifth president in an October 2020 interview with InfoWars‘ “The Alex Jones Present”, hosted by famous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. On the time, he mentioned: “I genuflect on the altar of this nice man. He’s simply pulling off miracle after miracle. He is actually touching the guts and soul and representing the guts and soul of the very best American households on the market. Simply reward God for that. That is a kind of divine intervention moments, just like the founding fathers. Imagine me once I let you know that.
“I have been so honored and humbled to spend time with the nice man,” Ted continued. “There’s one thing very religious about this loopy man. I say ‘loopy’ — he is loopy such as you; he is loopy like me; he is loopy like this welder I do know down the highway that, it doesn’t matter what welding job you will have, he reveals up early and he welds one thing that may by no means break, after which he goes to his subsequent welding job, and he leaves a vapor path of excessive power, of optimistic spirit.
“The power from this president… Just like the founding fathers outlined the historical past of slavery and tyranny and kings and emperors and despots, that was divine intervention, Alex. And I’ve witnessed this nice commander-in-chief Donald J. Trump, and he goes from rally and rally, and he will get up there with piss and vinegar and vim and vigor… You must see the flicker on this man’s eye.”
Nugent went on to say that Trump‘s enchantment lies in his picture because the daring, no-B.S. boss who tells it like it’s and cuts a good deal.
“Here is the underside line: essentially the most admirable attribute of a human being is believability,” Ted mentioned. “For those who imagine this man, you imagine he believes in what he says and that he represents your beliefs, that identifies President Donald J. Trump. This man simply needs to renegotiate international contracts to profit the US. He needs the US to be the winner. He needs to have honest offers, and he needs to have honest commerce. He needs to profit the US Of America, as a result of that is the final greatest place. If we flip it over to the freaks like [Nancy] Pelosi and [Joe] Biden and [Kamala] Harris, if we flip it over to them, we’re Venezuela in a single day.”
Nugent added: “[Trump] sees the threats to the American Dream. He sees the oath violating by elected workers who’ve turned the nook into criminality, from [Barack] Obama to [Eric] Holder to [Loretta] Lynch to Lois Lerner to Adam Schiff, Hillary Clinton, Invoice Clinton — we go proper down the checklist of those gang bangers. I imply, it is MS-13, Black Lives Matter, Antifa within the Democrat celebration… [Trump] sees the threats to America and he is gonna use each maneuver, each trick, each regulation he can to cease the Marxists. He is saving his household from the wolves. That is his motivation.”
A former board member of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation, Nugent has drawn intense criticism for his controversial previous remarks, together with telling then-president Barack Obama to “suck on my machine gun.” He additionally made inflammatory remarks about Hillary Clinton, calling her a “devilbitch” who “hates the whole lot good about America.”
In a prolonged Fb put up in 2016, Nugent mentioned Obama and Clinton must be tried for treason and hanged over their dealing with of the terrorist assault in Benghazi, Libya.
In 2019, Nugent defended Donald Trump after the then-U.S. president was accused of constructing racist remarks about Democratic congresswomen from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.