*Platinum-selling guitarist Ted Nugent is not backing down from the violent, President Obama-directed speech he made at Sunday’s National Rifle Association convention, even as Democrats are calling on Mitt Romney, the GOP frontrunner whom Nugent endorsed last month, to distance himself from the rocker.
“I spoke at the NRA and I will stand by my speech. It was 100 percent positive,” Nugent told radio host Dana Loesch on Tuesday. [Scroll down to listen.]
Nugent told the crowd of convention goers that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, 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 of,” he said. The comments were caught on tape and posted online by the website Right Wing Watch.
The U.S. Secret Service today said it is looking into the incendiary remarks. “We are aware of them and we are conducting the appropriate follow-up now,” Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie told ABC News.
Nugent also told the convention crowd that conservatives need to back Romney and “ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November,” referring to the Democrats, whom he called “criminals” and “coyotes” that should be shot for peeing on couches.
Continuing his defense on Loesch’s show, Nugent, who is often seen wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt, described himself as, “a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally,” adding that “there are some power-abusing corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth to identify the violations of our government, particularly Eric Holder and the president and Tim Geithner, ad nauseum.”
Nugent’s new ire came from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s comments earlier on Tuesday.
“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,” she 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.”