Ted Nugent Says Calling Obama ‘Subhuman Mongrel’ Isn’t Racist
Ted Nugent has found himself on the defensive as of late for his remark that Barack Obama is a “subhuman mongrel” and comparing the Obama administration to Nazi Germany. With accusations of racism flying, Nugent has denied being a racist while simultaneously still trying to slam the president.
While Nugent offered a half-hearted apology and said he would “stop calling people names,” he would not back down on his views of Obama’s overall job performance. “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,” said Nugent. “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.”
The Texas native has had the most influential conservative politicians in the state, including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz, distance themselves from him over the arguably racist comments. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky also called on Nugent to apologize for the remarks. The musician said he was apologizing not out of guilt for his comments, but out of respect for the conservative politicians who were offended.
“They think I’ll be more effective if I back off that Detroit street fighter rock ‘n’ roll stage rhetoric,” said Nugent. “I’m here to tell you I’m going to do that because I do respect people like Gov. Perry and the great Greg Abbott and Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, and because I do represent a lot of the same people that they do, believe it or not, I think I owe it to those great Americans to be more civil when I represent them.”
Earlier this week, Miller slammed Nugent for his comments comparing the current administrations to the Nazis. “I’ll be glad when he’s out of there, but he’s not a Nazi,” said the talk show host. “I think about the six million Jews rounded up and thrown into ovens and then I think about a guy who’s mismanaging the country, but God, it’s not within a million miles.”