Long gone are the days when I was a teenager and would pull out a Ted Nugent album and have fun rocking out to Cat Scratch Fever or Stranglehold, throwing my two-fingered horn symbol in the air in allegiance to the “Motor City Madman.”
Today’s Ted Nugent, however, is no longer fun to listen to. In fact, his comments on any given day are usually lewd, purposefully inflammatory, overtly sexist and downright scary. Considered a conservative extremist, Nugent has let his big mouth get him into trouble on more than one occasion.
In April of 2012, while stumping for Mitt Romney at an NRA convention, Ted was quoted saying, among other offensive and threatening remarks,
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we’re done” Asking the crowd the best way to galvanize and promote he responded, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”
These comments from Nugent prompted the Secret Service to pay him a visit.
This begs the question why Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) (aside from being a supporter of gun rights himself) feels that having Ted Nugent stump for him is such a good idea. Abbott is running for the Republican nomination to oppose Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D), for governor of Texas. Ted will be joining Abbott in two campaign appearances, one in Denton the other in Wichita Falls.
Davis, who has been the target of multiple sexist remarks from Republicans of late, could likely win over support if Nugent slips up and goes too far, which he has been known to do on many, many occasions.
Having Ted Nugent in the other camp, spewing his extreme conservative and sexist bullsh*t, could be a political and race-ending nightmare for Abbott. Seems awfully risky…but hey, I’m all for it.
Let’s take a look and see just how far Nugent has gone with his misogynistic and downright frightening rants against women over the years. Here are Ted’s top 10 greatest hits:
Nugent: “Worthless Bitch” Hillary Clinton Should Ride My Machine Gun Into The Sunset.” During a 2007 concert infamous for Nugent’s claim that “piece of shit” then-Senator Barack Obama should “suck on [his] machine gun,” Nugent also called Hillary Clinton a “worthless bitch,” told Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to “suck on [his] machine gun,” and called Sen. Dianne Feinstein a “worthless whore” http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=757_1187963465
Nugent On Then-First Lady Clinton: “You Probably Can’t Use The Term ‘Toxic Cunt’ In Your Magazine, But That’s What She Is.” From a July 7, 1994 interview with Denver, Colorado publication Westword: About Hillary Clinton: “You probably can’t use the term `toxic cunt’ in your magazine, but that’s what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro.” [Westword, 7/27/94]
Nugent: Hillary Clinton Has “Scrotums.” During a January 2014 appearance at a gun industry trade show, Nugent said, “Our politicians check their scrotum in at the door. Even Hillary, but obviously she has spare scrotums.” [Guns.com, 1/17/14, via Media Matters]
Nugent: “Fat Chicks” Will Kill You.” During a March 2013 interview on 9-11 truther [sic] Pete Santilli’s conspiracy radio show, Nugent compared the benefits of abstaining from drugs and alcohol to avoiding “fat chicks”: NUGENT: You see, I never poisoned my body. My parents taught me that my gift of life is embodied in the sacred temple. So no drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco and no fat chicks. Stuff will kill you, Pete, I’m telling you, it’s deadly. [Media Matters, 3/22/13]
Nugent To Female CBS Producer: “I’ll Fuck You, How’s That Sound?” During a May 2012 outburst on CBS This Morning, Nugent made a lewd comment to an off-camera female producer while arguing his claim that he is “an extremely loving, passionate man” and “a damned nice guy.” [CBS, CBS This Morning, 5/4/12, via Media Matters]
Nugent Album Cover Featured Nude, Bound Woman On A Platter With A Grenade In Her Mouth. The cover for Nugent’s 2007 album “Love Grenade” — which was subsequently replaced because of its offensiveness — made the Houston Press’ top ten list of “tasteless album covers”Houston Press, 7/24/12]
Nugent At 2012 Concert: “All The Skinny Girls Get A Free Machine Gun Tonight. The Big Girls Can Load Them.” According to The Dallas Morning News, Nugent made the remark while holding a replica machine gun at an August 2012 concert in Fort Worth, Texas. [Dallas Morning News, 8/26/12]
Nugent: “What’s A Feminist? Some Fat Pig Who Doesn’t Get It Often Enough?” VH1’s Behind the Music Remastered: Ted Nugent includes a video clip of Nugent saying that he thinks a feminist is “some fat pig who doesn’t get it often enough.” [VH1, Behind the Music Remastered: Ted Nugent, 1/30/12
Nugent: “Sarah Brady, Janet Reno Are “Dirty Whore[s].” In an undated performance of “Kiss My Glock,” Nugent sings that both Sarah Brady, a leading gun violence prevention advocate, and former Attorney General Janet Reno are “dirty whore[s].” During the performance, Nugent’s band also shot an arrow at a Nazi-flag-holding effigy of Reno, causing the effigy’s pants to fall and reveal a giant phallus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QiYyHNgeFA8 [YouTube, accessed 2/14/14]
Nugent Calls Female Contestant On His Reality Show “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.” Nugent made the reference to his 1977 song “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” — an ode to a “teenage queen” — on the March 4, 2013 edition of his show Wanted: Ted or Alive: The Sportsman Channel, Wanted: Ted or Alive, 3/4/13, via Media Matters]: The Sportsman Channel, Wanted: Ted or Alive, 3/4/13, via Media Matters]
So, Mr.Abbott, I hope your new partner works out just great for you and your campaign. Just don’t forget to bring your guns because when Ted’s talking you may just have to take him out…with a tranquilizer gun, of course. We all know ole’ Teddy wouldn’t fault you given your sacred Second Amendment rights.