Singer Ted Nugent is firing back at students who have attacked the NRA after the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
EAST LANSING – Ted Nugent, the controversial rocker who has attacked Democrats and gun control advocates in highly personal terms, said he’s ready and more than willing to campaign for Michigan Republican candidates, including Bill Schuette for governor, Tom Leonard for attorney general and John James for U.S. Senate.
But he’s not sure that he’ll be invited to some areas of Michigan.
After a taping of WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record” on Wednesday, Nugent said, “I understand the need to use certain resources in certain arenas and maybe not emphasize them in other arenas. But in the U.P., and in hunting country and working hard, playing hard farming (areas with) Teamster, union guys, the s***kickers of the world, boy you want Uncle Ted right at your side because that’s how Donald Trump won the state.”
Nugent, who moved to Texas from Michigan in 2005, appeared at fundraisers and rallies with Leonard in August in Lansing and in the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City with Schuette and several Republican legislative candidates two weeks ago. But he hasn’t been on the campaign trail in more urban or suburban areas where both Republicans and Democrats are competing for moderate and independent votes.
Democrats have repeatedly pointed out Nugent’s endorsement and appearances with Republicans as hypocritical and disturbing in light of some of his song lyrics, which talk about sex with underage girls. And they’ve noted also his controversial remarks, including calling U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein a “worthless whore,” Hillary Clinton a “worthless b****,” President Barack Obama a “piece of s***,” and some of the survivors of the Parkland school shooting as “liars” and “poor mushy-brained children” after they criticized the National Rifle Association.
“Ted Nugent is a vile and disgusting human being,” said Brandon Dillon, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party. “How can anyone accept his support? How can people not be outraged that Bill Schuette, Tom Leonard and John James are touting the endorsement? Maybe they’re holding out to get Roy Moore and Bill Cosby to come in and campaign for them.”
Nugent has said his song lyrics are just that. “I’ve written some great love songs, ‘Wang Dang, Sweet Poontang’ is one of my favorites. When I was a single man, I liked younger women. I was 40. Thirty would be younger.” Of the song titled “Jailbait,” he said, “It’s a song. It’s a silly fun song.”
On other topics, Nugent said:
- The battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “It’s not about Brett Kavanaugh, it’s not about Dr. Ford … it’s about the Democrats delaying and protecting their sacred Roe v. Wade to keep a conservative off the court. I believed everything she said. But she didn’t really say anything. She doesn’t know when or where. She wasn’t sure it was Brett Kavanaugh who put his hand over her mouth. I believed him. I always want to err on the side of the victim if there is a victim. What’s worse than criminal behavior is false accusation and somebody paying the price for false accusations.” Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has said she is 100 percent certain that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her in high school while Kavanaugh has said he is 100 percent certain that it wasn’t him.
- The race for governor: “I’m afraid that Gretchen Whitmer, she might be a fine lady and she comes across as sensible and reasonable on occasion, but she’s a Democrat and the Democrats stand for such insane policies that I would pray that Michigan would be smart enough to see through the smoke and mirrors and see that Gretchen Whitmer is Maxine Waters, she is Nancy Pelosi, she is Hillary Clinton and that’s untenable.”
- The state of politics in America: “I’m a 70-year-old Michiganiac who has witnessed the politics of the country that has become quite embarrassing. This is not the Michigan I was born in. … I believe there is great support for conservatism even in some of the blue smudges around the country. If you look at a map of America, there are no blue states, there is only blue high crime, bankrupt, gun-free zone, sanctuary city, liberal Democrat hellholes. The rest of the country believes in the American dream of rugged individualism.”
- Gov. Rick Snyder: “God bless Rick Snyder, he’s a not a real Republican. He’s a RINO (Republican in Name Only).
- His opposition to a proposal to legalize marijuana: “I’m totally in support of medical marijuana. … But Jimmy Hendrix offered me dope and I turned it down, Keith Moon offered me dope and whiskey and I turned it down. I have witnessed the destruction of the most brilliant talents in the world because they were high.”
Contact Kathleen Gray: 313-223-4430, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @michpoligal.
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