February 19th, 2014
10:45 PM ET

Ted Nugent under fire for calling Obama "subhuman mongrel": Should the GOP drop the rock star?

Rocker Ted Nugent, 65, hit the campaign trail Tuesday with Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, the state's current attorney general.

Abbott's opponents were quick to highlight Nugent's controversial comments.

"Greg Abbott’s embrace of Ted Nugent is an insult to every Texan — every man, woman, husband, and father. If this is Greg Abbott’s idea of values, it’s repulsive," said spokesman for State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

Last month, Nugent called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" in an interview with Guns.com.

"I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America."

A senior Abbott aide defended their choice for campaign headliner, telling CNN their campaign invited the gun rights activist to help encourage voter turnout among the GOP base.

Abbott Statement:

"Ted Nugent is a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights—especially the Second Amendment rights cherished by Texans. … While he may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with, we appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our Constitution."

CNN's Wolf Blitzer reported Tuesday on Nugent's use of the racially-loaded term "subhuman mongrel."

Blitzer noted it's a term Nazis called Jews to justify the genocide of the Jewish community.

Nugent attacked CNN and Blitzer with tweets saying:

"CNN Joseph Goebbells Saul Alinksy propaganda ministry mongrels."

"Wolf Blitzer is journalist; and I'm a gay pirate from Cuba."

OutFront: Conservative commentator Ben Ferguson and Democratic strategist Paul Begala.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Steven Peters

    02/24/14||| Erin B. = You along with your producers have chosen to showcase a 'thing' of hate. This senior does not permit divisive, incendiary racists anywhere in his world. I spent more decades than you've lived fighting to educate and eradicate such vitriol yet you've selected to promote it and that's that! Fun while it lasted mz. B- buh byee

    February 24, 2014 at 8:13 am | Reply
  2. Greg Lange

    Ted Nugent was a draft dodger during the Vietnam War. (look it up!!!) This is the last person who should be criticizing the President. Any "reputable" politician should be ashamed to have this person appear at campaign events. As a draft dodger, Ted Nugent was a coward.

    February 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  3. James Ramaker

    How sad that anyone listens to anything Ted Nugent says at anytime in any context. He is obviously an idiot. The fact that a politician would ask him for support of any kind makes him an idiot by association.

    February 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • God

      Guilty by association! Lets see what Texas thinks? You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. See Ya

      February 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • arizona jack

      Nugent is a washed up rocker,who never grew up and got out of the '60s,looking for attention to remain relevant. His remarks about the Presidnt came directly out of Mein Kamf

      February 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  4. Tom Cotrel

    "Subhuman mongrel" COMPLETELY creeps me out. And I vote Republican and otherwise agree with Mr. Nugent on gun control. Not only is he using Nazi terminology (unknowingly or not) but "mongrel" is a swipe at the President's biracial background. I am perfectly aware of the abuse heaped on Governor Palin and her family. If we object to that as we should, we have to object to similar abuse directed at President Obama.
    FWIW, the harshest thing I will call the President is "Rockefeller Republican".

    February 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  5. janemarion

    The white supremacists in this country are thrilled.
    Suddenly they have been turned into American patriots.
    Suddenly they are being welcomed into the parlours of the politicians.
    That's all I can say.

    February 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • God

      It's about time white people re-asserted themselves. If you are ashamed of being white than do us all a favor and kill yourself! I stand with Ted.

      February 21, 2014 at 7:07 am | Reply
    • God

      OOOOhhh Little jane how is dick? LOL See Ya

      February 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Reply


    February 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  7. John Sephano

    This is a non story. We all expect this from Ted. So get a life!

    February 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  8. Mark5

    Ted Nugent meant it politically, not personally. That is the way he talks.

    February 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  9. Hippo Critt

    Where was your outrage when lefties were saying vile things about the female VP candidate – Sarah Palin? She was called much worse than a subhuman mongrel. You are such a fake.

    February 20, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
  10. Linda Graves

    I was highly dismayed by your officiating last night's "debate" between Begala and the Republican pundit about Ted Nugent's offensive comments about the President! You seemed to give equal weight to each side about "whether or not" this comment was damaging to Abbot in TX, but never once did you, Erin, state the fact that there is NO justifying anyone who would call OUR President a "subhuman mongrel"! This was not about "damaging Abbott, but about blatant disrespect of our President by a crazed former rocker who promotes hate and is lionized by a large segment of the Republican Party!

    February 20, 2014 at 11:19 am | Reply
  11. Gary Tarr

    Please let the GOP support RWNJs and Teabagger punks like Nugent . It will guarantee they never hold the presidency again!!!!

    February 20, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • God

      Lets see what Texas say tarr baby. LOL. God created tea. See Ya

      February 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  12. God

    Ted's got 2 things barry chamelion doesn't BALLS

    February 20, 2014 at 8:11 am | Reply
  13. Julius Bannerman

    It is a disgrace that Ted Nugent would be apart of someone, running for Governor of Texan and saying these things about a sitting president. President Obama didn't weasel his way into the top Leadership of this nation, he won fair and square. Mr, Nugent, you are affront to all black Americans. We are good Americans and care deeply about this nation as others do. I ask Mr. Greg Abbott, as a candidate for Governor in Texas, I hope you do not have Ted Nugent to anymore of your speeches. You will most likely win anyway. Why let this man put you in the mud too.

    February 20, 2014 at 4:12 am | Reply
  14. Robert Frasier

    Like it or not – Ted WILL say what he's thinking, and believes. That is better than REPEATEDLY saying, "If you like it, you can keep it." OR – mandating laws for "the people" then making himself and his select buddies exempt from that same law. I may not always agree with Ted Nugent, but I DO respect him for being honest. As most people WILL agree, guns ( themselves) DO NOT kill people. Crooks and thugs with guns kill people, and a crook will get a gun any time he/she wants on the street = just like drugs.

    February 20, 2014 at 3:44 am | Reply
  15. Jack33

    The fact that Nugent refuses to apologize for knowingly espousing & spreading the Nazi Party's exact abominable wording for mixed-race people in reference to our President is beyond simple forgiveness. The fascists of WW2 were mass murderers the enemies of this nation.

    This man needs to apologize not only to President Obama, but to this nation, and all those who died fighting fascist Germany & Italy in WW2.

    February 20, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply
    • God

      No apology needed for free speech. Your mother should apologize for having you. See Ya

      February 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  16. upjumpin

    Humanity should distance themselves from Ted Nugent. I can't believe he's the same guy who used to rock.

    February 20, 2014 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • God

      Teddy still rocks. Still has BALLS Humanity will soon distance themselves :-} See Ya

      February 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  17. C. Bailey

    Ted Nugent is like a school teacher in the summer time........NO CLASS! It's obvious the has-been mediocre at best rocker, who's desires to be a real musician far exceeded his natural abilities, suffers from grave emotional, and mental disorders. FYI Ted: wearing girls clothes, long girly hair, and acting a fool, no more make you a rock-star, then standing in a garage makes one a car. Few things in life are worse than an uneducated has been, weak, Simi-celebrity who actually believes anyone really cares what dribbles from they're feeble minds. It's obvious After Greg Abbots choice to engage in Political-Kung-Fu with the likes of Nazi-Nugent, makes clear to all Abbot should not be allowed to care for ones dogs, much less care for the Great State of Texas and it's good people!

    February 19, 2014 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • God

      Oooh did Teddy upset you little one. I come down And Kung Fu yo mamma, wax on wax off. See Ya

      February 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        You, Mr. or Madam, are a masquerading fraud. Obviously, if you were in fact God, you who exhibit more intelligence that the burned out has-been Ted neutron Nugent. Let the tea-baggers have them, they and you are meant for each other.

        February 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm | Reply

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