National Rifle Association board member and conservative commentator Ted Nugent suggested that President Obama is not a Christian and touted Republicans as “the only chance we have” to kill “the wolf at the door” during the 2014 midterm elections.
In an October 8 column for conspiracy website WND, Nugent, claiming to speak on behalf of “we the people,” also conspiratorially questioned how unaccompanied children are arriving at the U.S. - Mexico border and wrote that the “vast majority” of those in poverty have “every imaginable luxury known to man”:
Now more than ever, we the people are painfully aware that those subject to the separation of powers have become nothing more than a conspiratorial gang against us.
We refuse to believe that all those children showing up at our southern border just happen to make that near impossible journey all on their own.
We don't believe that our president is a Christian.
We can't believe our government squawks about so many living in so-called poverty when the vast majority of such poor people have cellphones and every imaginable luxury known to man.
Nugent, who is also a spokesperson for Outdoor Channel, then engaged in an extended analogy where he argued Americans should support Republican candidates in the 2014 midterm elections in order to kill “the wolf at the door.” According to Nugent, “unless we the people get cracking back into the 'experiment in self-government' saddle and do to ravenous wolves what we are supposed to do to them, these killing machines will continue their nonstop freedom killing spree.” While writing that "[t]he Republicans aren't exactly the knights in shining armor," Nugent wrote that the GOP “could very well be the only chance we have.”
Nugent frequently uses violent rhetoric when talking about removing Democrats from political offices. During a widely reported on rant at the 2012 NRA annual meeting where Nugent said he would be “dead or in jail” if Obama was reelected as president, Nugent analogized Democrats to coyotes who should be shot and said of the 2012 elections, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”
Later, after Obama was reelected, Nugent claimed he had not received enough support in his efforts to oppose the president's reelection, complaining, “when I kick the door down to the enemy's camp, would you help me shoot somebody? Just help me clear the room,” before adding, “that's a metaphor ladies and gentleman, I'm not recommending shooting anybody.”