Facing widespread denouncement for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel,” Ted Nugent is promising to stop calling people names -- but with his promise still hanging in the air, Nugent labeled Obama a “liar” and suggested that the president is a criminal.
The NRA board member's promise came during an appearance on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, where Nugent attempted to mitigate the firestorm surrounding his description of Obama as a "subhuman mongrel" and his subsequent (hollow) apology, which were criticized by politicians of both parties and some in the media. Nugent was originally scheduled to discuss this firestorm with Burnett last week, but, citing an illness, he canceled the appearance -- after comparing CNN to a Nazi propagandist.
On February 24, Burnett began the interview by asking Nugent to confirm that he apologized to the president for his remark. Nugent dodged the question, instead simply saying that he was sorry for “being part of that political discourse” with “street language.” The interview went downhill from there.
Nugent claimed that “the president is intentionally disassembling the greatest quality of life in the history of the world” before concluding, “the president's a bad man.”
According to Nugent, there was nothing racial about his “subhuman mongrel” attack. Nugent alleged that such an idea is “crap,” as there is “not a racist bone in body.” (For reference, Nugent previously argued that African-Americans could fix “the black problem” if they just put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, [and] delivering excellence at every move in your life.” He's also written that “I'm beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War” and that “black communities across America” have a “mindless tendency to violence.”)
After a commercial break, Burnett asked Nugent to explain his vitriolic rhetoric about Hillary Clinton. He's publicly attacked the former Secretary of State as a “toxic cunt,” “worthless bitch,” and “two-bit whore.”
Nugent responded with a smile, asking Burnett about her new child and saying that his kids have called on him to “stop calling people names,” and so, “I'm going to stop calling people names.” Burnett called out Nugent for his mocking demeanor:
BURNETT: Are you going to say that you're never going to call people names again?
NUGENT: Live on Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN, Ted Nugent, remember the Alamo, February 24, 2014, I'm not going to call people names anymore. However, I have a little escape clause here, because when I'm on stage singing “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang,” would you give me permission to go overboard on occasion? Please, tell me you will.
BURNETT: I think that -- I know you are trying to make slightly light of this, but to me these things are not light at all. Because in a country that you talk about is so polarized -
NUGENT: No I'm not making light, very serious, very serious. I agree.
But with the promise hanging in the air, Nugent labeled Obama a “liar” and suggested he is a criminal:
NUGENT: Instead of using terms like subhuman mongrel, I'm going to get right to the meat of the matter, where our president is a liar, he lies about you can keep your doctor period, over and over again, he lies about Benghazi, he's lying about the IRS. So I won't call names anymore, I'm going to get right down to the nitty-gritty and identify the criminal behavior by the people abusing power in the United States government. So I take your advice to heart, Erin.
Nugent went on to claim that Clinton “should be in jail right now,” repeating his promise of civility in the process.