According to The Pulse Of Radio, the Secret Service will meet with Ted Nugent today (April 19) in response to his remarks on April 14 in St. Louis at the National Rifle Association convention. Nugent, who has endorsed Mitt Romney in the general election, said, among other things, “If you don’t know that our government is wiping its ass with the constitution, you’re living under a rock. . . I’ll tell you this right now: if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. . . Our president, and attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton — they’re criminals. We’re Americans because we defied the king. . . We are patriots, we are bravehearts. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”
Since then, Nugent 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 went on to say: “I’ve never threatened anybody’s life in my life. I’ve never threatened. I don’t waste breath threatening.”
He went on to joke: “We’re going to have a little barbecue get-together. 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.”
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul addressed the controversy in a brief statement: “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.”
Ted Nugent told The Pulse Of Radio that he can’t believe how anything he says seems to be automatically cast in a negative light. “I mean, it’s just insanity how they immediately reduce everything I do to homophobic, sexist, racist, and shameless self-promotion,” he said.
The Pulse Of Radio asked STYX guitarist J.Y. Young whether he plans on discussing politics with Nugent while on the road with him and REO SPEEDWAGON this summer. “I don’t see any point in that, actually,” he said. “Ted‘s really made his points really clear. This is not about politics. (We) played Freedom Rocks and we played it six years earlier, 2005, that was the only two times we’ve done that particular festival. But someone mentioned at least one side of Ted‘s family had originated in Sweden — and one side of my family had originated in Sweden. I like to think that Ted Nugent was a Viking warrior that was born just 1,000 years too late. (laughs)”