By Justin Sink
Nugent was criticized after comments he made during the annual conference held by the National Rifle Association in St. Louis. The remarks were videotaped and posted to the organization's YouTube channel.
"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. The video has since been removed from the site. "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."
Democrats seized on the comments immediately, looking to tie Nugent to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whom Nugent has endorsed.
"Mitt Romney surrogate Ted Nugent made offensive comments about President Obama and November’s elections this weekend that are despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in a statement. "He called the Administration 'vile', ‘evil' and 'America-hating', and said much worse. Yet what have we heard from Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, who should be outraged that someone representing them is using language like this to make a political point? Absolutely nothing.”
During the 2008 campaign, Nugent generated controversy when, during a performance, he told President Obama, then an Illinois senator, "to suck on my machine gun" in a profanity-laced take-down of the Democratic candidates.