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Right-wing media have offered shameful defenses of some of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most widely criticized remarks and proposals since the inception of his campaign one year ago.
Right-wing media have offered shameful defenses of some of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most widely criticized remarks and proposals since the inception of his campaign one year ago.
The Washington Post noted today that many of Donald Trump’s fans are routinely calling presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a “bitch.” The sexist attack isn’t just common among Trump fans -- it’s also been regularly used by Trump’s leading media supporters and allies.
The Post noted that many T-shirts calling Clinton a bitch are “sold at nearly all of Trump’s rallies” and “many Trump supporters spotted wearing the shirts at rallies over the past six weeks don’t think the term is that bad.” (Trump, who has a long history of making sexist remarks, claims he does not approve of the term for Clinton.) The Daily Caller has also promoted a Clinton “bitch” T-shirt in its “Daily Dealer” section:
Here are examples of Trump media supporters Roger Stone, Ted Nugent, Alex Jones, Michael Savage, and Alex Castellanos calling Hillary Clinton a bitch over the years.
Stone, a longtime Trump friend and ally, heads a pro-Trump super PAC after working for his campaign last year. He has a long history of sexist commentary, especially about Hillary Clinton. In 2008, Stone established the anti-Hillary Clinton 527 group Citizens United Not Timid. The group -- now defunct -- emphasized the acronym by bolding the first letter in each word. The group claimed to "educate the American public about what Hillary Clinton really is." Stone said also he spent "hours trying to come up with words for B.I.T.C.H. and just couldn't do it." He also tweeted that Chelsea Clinton is a “total bitch.”
Nugent has called Clinton a "lying America destroying criminal ass bitch," a "worthless bitch," a "toxic cunt," and a "two-bit whore." In May, Nugent shared a video depicting Clinton being shot; he remarked, “I got your guncontrol right here bitch!”
Fellow Trump supporter Sean Hannity refused to disavow Nugent’s attack against Clinton as a "worthless bitch," stating on his Fox News program in 2007: "No, I like Ted Nugent. He's a friend of mine."
In August 2015, after the deadly shooting of a Virginia journalist and cameraman, Jones said: “Hey Hillary, you got bodyguards. Are their guns bad too? Why can’t I have a gun to protect myself, you bitch?”
In a May 2016 interview, Savage said of Hillary Clinton: “There is a word for this kind of individual in the dog world, but I can’t use it on your show. It begins with a b.”
Castellanos, a political commentator and Republican strategist, works for the pro-Trump super PAC Rebuilding America Now.
During a May 2008 segment on CNN, senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin mentioned a news column in which "the punch line was a line that … Clinton was a 'white bitch.'" Castellanos, who was working as a CNN political commentator, responded: "And some women, by the way, are named that and it's accurate.” He then said: “She is a tough -- that tough lady, tough in politics, that's been her great strength. But let's face it, she can be a very abrasive, aggressive, irritating person, and a lot of voters, I think, see her that way." Castellanos later apologized for his remarks.
While the NRA is ostensibly an organization focused on gun rights, members of its leadership have attacked LGBT people for years, including blaming a mass shooting on gay marriage, calling societal acceptance of transgender people “perverted,” claiming gay people “created” the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and labeling gay people “despicable,” “perverts,” and “degenerates.”
Ted Nugent was reelected to the National Rifle Association’s board of directors just weeks after he promoted a fake video of Hillary Clinton being shot and during a year in which he caused a national controversy for promoting anti-Semitic material.
During a May 21 meeting of members at the NRA's annual meeting in Louisville, KY, NRA election committee chairman Carl T. Rowan announced that Nugent was one of 25 individuals elected to a three-year term on the NRA's board, terminating in 2019. Nugent received the second most votes:
As a musician and conservative commentator, Nugent is to many the most recognizable member of NRA leadership. He has served on the gun group's board of directors for more than 20 years. In the group's 2013 board elections Nugent was second only to Iran-Contra figure Oliver North for most votes in favor of reelection. He frequently mixes his pitches for the NRA with inflammatory commentary, such as when he told people to join the NRA while calling for the “evil carcasses” of President Obama and other progressive politicians.
Nugent is a fixture of the NRA's annual meeting, delivering talks in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. During his speech at last year’s meeting, Nugent talked about shooting Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and called the president “Osama Obama” and offered to charter a boat ride to take Obama “back to Kenya.” At the 2012 meeting, Nugent set in motion a visit with the Secret Service after telling NRA members he would be “dead or in jail” if Obama was reelected as president.
As the NRA annual meeting wraps up tomorrow, Nugent will deliver a talk called “2016 Election Do or Die for America and Freedom.”
Nugent’s 2016 has so far been marked by particularly ugly rhetoric.
In January, Nugent called for Obama and Hillary Clinton to be hanged for treason for their supposed malfeasance during the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks.
Nugent caused widespread controversy in February after sharing an image on his Facebook page that suggested Jews are behind a conspiracy to enact stricter gun laws. After coming under fire from the Anti-Defamation League and other groups, Nugent further claimed that Jewish supporters of gun safety laws are “Nazis in disguise.” As condemnations continued to roll in, even from far-right pro-gun organizations (but not the NRA), Nugent eventually apologized, claiming he did not realize the image he shared that placed Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates had a "connection whatsoever to any religious affiliation."
In March, Nugent called a critic with a Hispanic name a "beanochimp" and suggested the man should die.
Later that same month, Nugent shared a misogynist chain message about why men supposedly prefer guns over women, which included claims like "guns function normally every day of the month” and “A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it.”
On March 31, Nugent posted a racially derogatory image on his Facebook page that he said was an advertisement for a moving company called "2 niggers and a stolen truck."
In a May 10 post to his Facebook page, Nugent shared a fake video that showed Hillary Clinton being graphically shot to death by Bernie Sanders. He added his own comment: “I got your guncontrol right here bitch!”
The National Rifle Association will surely attack Hillary Clinton during its annual meeting. Members of the NRA’s leadership have attacked Clinton for years with vile and paranoid claims.
The NRA is holding its annual meeting from May 19-22 in Louisville, KY. On May 20, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, NRA top lobbyist Chris Cox, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and other conservative figures will speak at the meeting’s biggest event, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum.
The NRA began its opposition to Clinton in earnest during its 2015 meeting with a gender-based attack. While addressing the NRA’s members, LaPierre said of the prospect of electing Clinton after President Obama’s term, “I have to tell you, eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.” During that year's leadership forum, LaPierre claimed that Clinton “will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair” to America.
While LaPierre supplies many of the NRA’s paranoid claims about Clinton and gun confiscation, the organization’s best-known leadership figure, board member Ted Nugent, offers disgusting attacks. Nugent has called Clinton a “toxic cunt,” a “two-bit whore,” and a “worthless bitch,” among other insults.
Here is how the NRA leadership talks about Clinton:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will find a receptive audience when he delivers a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on May 20; the NRA’s leadership has for years made the types of inflammatory claims about race, gender, and ethnicity that Trump has now brought to presidential politics.
Gun safety groups are condemning National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent for promoting a fake video of Hillary Clinton being shot. The groups are calling for the NRA to condemn Nugent or remove him from the organization’s board of directors and suggesting that “common sense NRA members” should disassociate themselves from the group if it will not confront Nugent.
Well-known gun blogger Bob Owens slammed NRA board member Ted Nugent for promoting a video on Facebook that depicted Hillary Clinton being shot, writing that “In one stupid and pointless post, Mr. Nugent has done great harm” to the NRA’s efforts to market itself to the public.
In his May 11 blog post condemning Nugent’s actions, Owens implored the NRA board member, “If you can’t control yourself, sir, maybe it’s time to man up and resign, before you cause any more damage to the NRA and the 5 million people it represents.”
On May 10, Nugent posted a fake video that graphically depicted Bernie Sanders murdering Hillary Clinton with a handgun during a presidential debate, writing the comment “I got your guncontrol right here bitch!” above the video.
Owens’ condemnation of Nugent is particularly significant, given Owens’ own history of incendiary rhetoric. In October 2015, Owens authored a post at his blog suggesting that “radical” Democrats will be hanged after starting a civil war against Republicans. Owens illustrated his post with an image of gallows.
In fact, on the very same day Owens condemned Nugent, he also wrote a post calling deceased Florida teenager Trayvon Martin “a violent, drug-abusing thug who appeared to get off on hurting people,” “a semi-literate violent criminal,” and slamming an upcoming musical about Martin’s life, which he claimed would be “whitewashing a black heart.”
Owens’ website, Bearing Arms, is a co-sponsor of the NRA’s annual leadership forum, an event that will feature remarks from Donald Trump and other high-profile Republicans as part of the NRA’s annual meeting in Louisville, KY, from May 19 to May 22. Nugent will also deliver a speech at the meeting.
In his blog post on Nugent, Owens worried about the negative effect he believes Nugent has on the NRA’s image:
The anti-gun media is of course loving this. Nugent’s decision to share this stupid, pointless and violent sentiment of one Democrat Presidential candidate murdering the other in cold blood perpetuates the unwarranted stereotype that gun owners in general (and the NRA in specific) crave the deaths of opponents. The much different reality of the matter is that we regularly “slaughter” with facts, logic, and reason.
As an NRA member, I want to communicate to the world that is not who we are as an organization. This filth is not what we represent as part of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group. In particular, this is beneath Nugent as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association.
I’ve watched the NRA pour incredible time and effort into a 19-spot campaign over the past year depicting us for who we really are, “Freedom’s Safest Place.”
In one stupid and pointless post, Mr. Nugent has done great harm to that image, giving enemies of the natural right to bear arms more ammunition to depict us as being violent, dim-witted, and crude.
Nugent To Clinton: “I Got Your Guncontrol Right Here Bitch!”
National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent, who will deliver a speech at the NRA’s annual meeting this month, shared a fake video that depicts Hillary Clinton being graphically murdered by Bernie Sanders with a handgun during a presidential debate.
In a May 10 post on his Facebook page, Nugent shared a video with the descriptions “Bernie Sanders destroys Hillary Clinton in debate on Vermont gun laws” and “Bernie Sanders absolutely killed Hillary over this issue.”
Nugent added his own comment: “I got your guncontrol right here bitch!”
The video features edited footage of a CNN debate between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). As Clinton is answering a question about the gun issue, Sanders is depicted as pulling out a handgun and shooting her in the chest. Blood spurts from Clinton’s chest as she falls to the ground:
On Facebook, Nugent proceeded to like a comment by a supporter who fantasized about Clinton’s death.
Nugent is slated to speak at the NRA’s annual meeting, which will be held May 19 – 22 in Louisville, KY. According to the NRA, Nugent will deliver a speech called “2016 Election Do or Die for America and Freedom.” The description of the event claims, “The Obama/Clinton liberal Democrat gang is maniacal in their attack on all things individual rights, truth, logic, commonsense and The American Way. Are there enough of us willing to do battle with these evil forces?”
Nugent is also up for re-election on the NRA’s board of directors. The results of the election will be announced at the May meeting.
National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent posted a racially derogatory image on his Facebook page that he said was an advertisement for a moving company called "2 niggers and a stolen truck."
In a March 31 post, Nugent shared the image with his comment: "Before all the braindead dishonest lying scum politically correct racist hatepunks get all goofball toxic on us here, I am simply promoting a brilliant entrepreneur in Detroit that created a clever bussiness. His words, not mine. Ya gotta luv this guy!! When in doubt whip it out!"
In addition to racist language, the image also has racial caricatures of black people:
Nugent, who wrote a column last year for conspiracy website WND praising the use of the word "nigger," even as a racial insult, frequently makes racially charged and otherwise inflammatory comments. Earlier in 2016, he caused widespread controversy for sharing anti-Semitic material on his Facebook page.
Nugent is up for re-election to the NRA's board during the gun organization's May 2016 annual meeting.
National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent shared a sexist chain letter on social media, which claimed that "men prefer guns over women" because "guns function normally every day of the month."
Nugent's post is the latest example of a phenomenon where the NRA increasingly tries to attract women to the organization even as the organization's leadership engages in sexist and degrading commentary.
Nugent's March 24 post on Facebook listed several other reasons that "men prefer guns over women," including, "A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it," and, "You can buy a silencer for a gun":
Nugent has a lengthy history of misogynist commentary, including calling women "worthless bitch," "worthless whore," "toxic cunt," "fat pig," and "dirty whore." He recently claimed -- while defending Donald Trump -- that he watches Fox News host Megyn Kelly's program "to just look at her. And I usually sit naked on the couch dropping hot brass on my stuff."
During a Facebook discussion about the Benghazi terror attacks, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent called a critic with a Hispanic name a "beanochimp" and suggested the man should die.
On March 10, Nugent shared a video from conservative commentator Bill Whittle about the Benghazi attack, writing, "Hey GOP, why the hell isnt Clinton & Obama et al behind bars yet? Does anybody give a shit?"
Nugent previously called for Obama and Clinton to be hanged over the 2012 attacks.
In the ensuing discussion on Nugent's March 10 post, commenter Jorge Freixa told Nugent, "Ted, stick to music. I had way more respect for you before I heard your politics."
Nugent responded, "all sheep agree with u uncaring soulless America hating punk. FkU. ES&D beanochimp."
Nugent then "liked" a comment telling Freixa to "Go back to El Salvador."
Nugent frequently uses his Facebook page to spread his bigotry to nearly three million followers. In February, Nugent caused widespread controversy after posting an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page. Following immediate criticism of that post, Nugent doubled down by making several inflammatory claims about the Holocaust. As the controversy continued 10 days later, Nugent finally issued an apology, claiming that he did not realize the image -- which had obvious anti-Semitism imagery and text -- was anti-Semitic.
Even following that controversy, Nugent has continued to be touted by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, which highlights Nugent's statement that "Cruz is his favorite presidential candidate" on its website. Although he has said that he will not make an endorsement in the GOP primary, Nugent frequently praises Republican contenders Cruz and Donald Trump.
The long-serving NRA board member, who is up for reelection at the NRA's May 2016 annual meeting, frequently uses racially inflammatory language or racial slurs, including using the words "nigger," and "japs," referring to President Obama as a "subhuman mongrel," calling black rappers "big uneducated greasy black mongrels," and claiming that Cubans "haven't figured out personal hygiene yet."
Nugent Claims He "Made No Connection Whatsoever To Any Religious Affiliation" When Posting Image With Israeli Flags Next To Faces Of Jewish Gun Safety Advocates
Ten days after posting an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent has apologized, claiming he did not realize the image he shared that placed Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates had a "connection whatsoever to any religious affiliation."
Nugent's apology comes as controversy swirls over his role on the NRA's board of directors and relationship with GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The tone in his latest statement -- his fourth response to the criticism he has received from civil rights groups, media figures, and even far-right gun groups -- is a marked departure from previous explanations he gave for posting the image, which included claiming that "Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise" and that his critics were "mentally challenged."
In a February 18 statement to MLive, Nugent said, "Can I say oy vey? I sincerely apologize for my irresponsible re-posting of such a nasty and offensive meme. In my rush between songwriting jams and musical recording frenzy, all I saw was the images of people dedicated to disarm us, I made no connection whatsoever to any religious affiliation." Nugent also added that "everyone knows" that he is not anti-Semitic.
On February 8, Nugent shared an image headlined, "So who is really behind gun control?" that depicted Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures feature descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg." Nugent captioned the image, "Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down."
Nugent was quickly condemned by the civil rights organization the Anti-Defamation League for the anti-Semitic conspiracy alleged by his image. But rather than backing down, Nugent made two additional inflammatory posts on February 8.
In the first post, Nugent asked, "What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise?" Responding to the charge that he is an anti-Semite, Nugent wrote, "Meanwhile I adjust my yamika at my barmitzva playing my kosher guitar":
In the second post, Nugent suggested that the United States is on the path to a genocide similar to the Holocaust. His post included an image of Jews being rounded up by Nazis with his comment, "Soulless sheep to slaughter. Not me."
Nugent also attacked those who called him anti-Semitic in a February 11 interview he posted to his Facebook page, claiming that his critics are "mentally challenged" and "the devil."
The same day Nugent issued his apology, one of the individuals targeted by the anti-Semitic image Nugent posted spoke out at the Huffington Post.
John Rosenthal, a co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, criticized Nugent and targeted the NRA's relationship with him, writing, "Ted Nugent has long represented the NRA and they owe us an explanation of exactly what they're conspiring to encourage their armed followers to do with respect to 'shutting me down.'"
In 2014, Nugent generated widespread controversy by referring to President Obama as a "subhuman mongrel." After several days of criticism, including by some prominent Republican politicians, Nugent offered a half-hearted apology, though "not necessarily to the president," but then attacked Obama as a lying, law-breaking racist who engages in Nazi tactics.
The NRA Is Investigating Grover Norquist's Alleged Ties To Islamists But Not Ted Nugent's Anti-Semitism
Apparently at the National Rifle Association (NRA), being the target of a conspiratorial, religiously-motivated smear is a good way to get yourself investigated and possibly kicked out of the organization. Putting forward conspiratorial, religiously-motivated smears is not.
As the NRA continues to avoid addressing an anti-Semitism controversy that has embroiled organization board member Ted Nugent, a recall campaign against another board member -- conservative activist Grover Norquist -- is moving forward, even though the campaign's basis is a conspiratorial and anti-Muslim smear.
Following a decades-long campaign by anti-Muslim think tank head Frank Gaffney, which in the past year has been amplified by conservative radio host Glenn Beck, ballots to officially recall Norquist from the NRA board will appear in the March editions of the NRA's magazines, according to a report by Right Wing Watch.
For at least 15 years, Norquist, a well-known tax activist who founded Americans for Tax Reform, has been targeted by Gaffney, head of the anti-Muslim think tank Center for Security Policy, with the claim that he is a surreptitious agent of the Muslim Brotherhood. Critics of Gaffney have alleged that his smear campaign is largely motivated by the fact that Norquist is married to a Muslim woman and has Muslim in-laws. One high-profile conservative group investigated Gaffney's claims in 2012 and found them to be meritless.
Norquist has called Gaffney his "stalker" and has accused Gaffney of also spreading rumors that he is gay and a member of "the Jewish-Russian mafia."
Gaffney's smear campaign against Norquist made headlines again in March 2015 after it was repeatedly promoted by Beck on his nationally-syndicated radio show. Beck, a longtime supporter of the NRA, is a frequent keynote speaker at the gun group's annual meeting.
Following Beck's endorsement of Gaffney's conspiracy theory, the NRA, at the request of executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, agreed to open an investigation into Norquist's alleged ties "to Islamist groups that have ill intent towards the United States and its allies." The findings of the investigation have yet to be released to the public.
During the NRA's annual meeting in April 2015, Norquist was reelected to the board, but he also issued a statement saying he had "voluntarily suspended his Board activities pending the outcome of the investigation."
The NRA has handled controversy surrounding Nugent, who posted an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page and then subsequently made inflammatory posts and statements about the Holocaust, in a much different manner. Nugent's image suggested that laws regulating guns were the result of a Jewish conspiracy and included descriptions of alleged conspirators such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg," and deceased former U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) who "Gave Russian Jew immigrants your tax money."
After declining to comment on Nugent to several media outlets, the NRA released its only statement to date on the controversy: "Individual board members do not speak for the NRA."
The NRA's refusal to seriously address Nugent's anti-Semitic post comes as the controversy has begun to become enmeshed with Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, which continues to tout Nugent's praise. (Cruz has also lavishly praised Gaffney, calling him "a patriot" who is "clear eyed about radical Islamic terrorism.")
Unlike the controversy surrounding Norquist, the NRA has given no indication that it intends to investigate Nugent.