Ted Nugent promised Thursday that he will step back from saying “anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence.”
Nugent, who has been widely criticized for making inflammatory statements that were seen as suggesting acts of violence against former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Business coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE, told 77WABC Radio in New York that he has “re-evaluated” his language and that he will no longer use that kind of rhetoric.
“At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me I just can’t use those harsh terms,” he said. “I cannot and will not, and I encourage even my friends/enemies on the left, in the Democrat and liberal world, that we have got to be civil to each other.”
Nugent’s pledge comes a day after a shooting at a congressional baseball practice that left four injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was among two critically injured.
Democrats and Republicans cited the level of rhetoric surrounding politics as a possible cause for the violence, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said they are receiving an increased number of threats.
Nugent’s past comments have been referenced as an example of inciting violence against politicians. Comedian Kathy Griffin, who lost her CNN New Year’s Eve hosting gig after holding a fake severed head of President Trump in a video, also faced backlash.
"Obama, he's a piece of s---. I told him to suck on my machine gun," Nugent said during an appearance in 2007. "Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b----."
Nugent partially blamed his past “wild ass” comments on his upbringing in Detroit and the adrenaline he experiences on stage, but said he will avoid similar comments in the future.