February 21st, 2014
08:34 PM ET

Ted Nugent apologizes for using term "subhuman mongrel"

Fireband Ted Nugent caves to political pressure and apologizes for his ugly comments about President Obama.

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

This week, he campaigned with Gregg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for Governor of Texas. The opposition wasted no time to highlight a part of the GOP base they rather not showcase.

Nugent apologizes for using term 'subhuman mongrel'

Top Republicans denounced Nugent's controversial comments.

"It's a free country but that kind of language really doesn't have any place in our political dialogue," Republican Senator John McCain said. "It harms the Republican party, I'm sure that it harmed the Republican candidate there and it should be obviously be repudiated,"

"I got a problem calling the president a mongrel," Texas Governor Rick Perry told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I do have a problem with it that is an inappropriate thing to say."

And Thursday night Senator Rand Paul tweeted:

"Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize."

OutFront: Chris Kofins, Democratic Strategist and Ben Ferguson, CNN Political Contributor and Conservative Radio Host.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. JakeMcClake

    Erin Burnett showed her intellect and her metal again last night taking on Ted Nuggent and telling him he can not talk the way he did and not to put down her fellow commentators, either.
    Ted in turn promised he he would stop name calling.

    It is my opinion people will not take someone seriously if they have to resort to name calling.

    We'll see.

    February 25, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  2. JD

    Ted Nugget is a disgusting human being and if I were a Republican, thank God I'm not, I would be embarrassed by his evil comments knowing that he represents the Republican belief. Perhaps he should continue with his biased rhetoric comments which will only bring down the Republican party lower then it is now.

    February 25, 2014 at 12:19 am | Reply
    • Bren

      He has now posted a picture on Facebook of a terrorist with 5 severed heads. He is claiming that this is one the President released. And of course people are sharing it like it's the gospel. It's really sick.

      June 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  3. steve

    We Republicans love Ted Nugent.

    February 25, 2014 at 12:02 am | Reply
  4. Debra

    Oh Erin. How you disappoint me with this one. Why would you give Ted Nugent a platform? He is so filled with hate and disrespect for others. Frankly, he doesn't just sound prejudice and mean, he sounds dangerous! Please don't stoop so low again. I am such a fan of yours. This is the first time I have ever commented, but the interview with Mr. Nugent was so disturbing, I couldn't help myself. I know you tried to address him calmly and straight on, but the air time given to him was a waste of your time and mine.

    February 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  5. John

    WOW – I think Erin did a good job of trying to stand up to Ted Nugent, the poor thing, it must have taken everything she had to remain professional unlike him. Anyone with any morals or common sense should distance themselves as far away from this guy as possible. How can we possibly expect to have a united America with someone like this using his filthy mouth to speak about an American President, Women or anyone else in such a vile and repulsive manner. It was sickening for me to just listen to him, he should be ashamed of himself. Great job Erin!

    February 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  6. Riverton Fox

    Erin did a fine job with Ted however I think giving the man any attention is a water. His incoherent rants of lies and misinformation ire unless and add no value. He should stick to what he knows best; creating bad music favored by the least intelligent and most narrow minded of society.

    February 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  7. Laura

    CNN should never validate that verbal tirade as an apology! Shame on you CNN – Nugent has NOT done anything that even remotely resembles an apology. Shame on you Erin, for giving this guy a platform!

    February 24, 2014 at 9:19 am | Reply
  8. Dennis

    Say it ain't so. Erin is going to award Ted Nugent more airtime for his racist, reactionary rant. PITY. Thought that was Fox News' job?

    February 23, 2014 at 7:20 am | Reply
  9. SeaBee

    This draft dodger wrapped in the American flag should be shipped to Zimbawe.

    February 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  10. Carol T

    Ted, Ted, Ted you are on the right track for being a traditional politician with nasty comments like that. Probably something you don't want to cultivate. Also on target for insincere apologies. The book, "On Apology" would be a great reference for you. It states there are 4 types of apology, one of those is pretty much highlighted as a political variety. If I could suggest one thing for a political career for you, you can still think what ever you want, no matter how close to the truth it may be, but always keep your mouth shut about what you think about others. There is always some fool out there so eager to take offense. To do insults and get away with them you have to insult the entire country that voted you into office. Like: tell other countries that Americans are selfish and lazy, mean too. Do you understand now? All or none.

    February 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  11. Chris

    I am shocked. Ted Nugent apologizing for something he said. Didn't know he would ever do that. He has finally been called out for his crudeness. If you are going to step into the political circle and expect anyone to respect what you have to say or stand for, you treat them all with respect. No matter how you feel. It is part of the game and you play by their rules. Ted has always played by his own rules so he is going to have a hard time tempering his words. Good luck to him.

    February 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  12. treegod

    Truth hurts

    February 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  13. Ed Ganley

    I'm so sick of politician, and if Ted Nugent wants to be one, then he should buck up like a real person and say the truth about why the state of Texas should vote for his candidate. Politicians point fingers about what a crappy job the other candidate is doing. And that they have a plan to do a better job, or how to fix the problem all ready at hand. But when they get in to office, all their plans are set aside and all they do is rubber stamp the political party they are affiliated with. Ted if you want to be a serious American People Politician don't waste your time on talking smack about a person in another political party, but talk about real plans that will benefit the American people. And not just the words like “we will fix the budget” no that is not good enough, get us real plans not just words. I don't write this just to Ted Nugent, but all politicians. Stop destroying America::::::::: God bless the American People:::::::::God damn the politicians.

    February 22, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
  14. Name*kelly

    We are all thinking it.

    February 22, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply
  15. Mike

    It's ashame that everyone who speaks their mind is forced to apologize if it is against the Liberal Left. He said nothing wrong except that he should have thrown in that the potus is a P.O.S.

    February 22, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
  16. William J Urmson

    Nugent and the NRA are the biggest domestic terrorist group in the United States, maybe the world. They love their guns more than people. With politicians in their pockets all we can do is brace ourselves for the next NRA sponsored slaughter.
    The policies and laws created by The NRA killed the kids in Newtown and allowed the vigilante George Zimmerman to murder Trayvon Martin. Back ground checks, that the NRA strongly oppose, would help keep guns out of the hands of unstable people preventing many deaths.
    STAND YOUR GROUND is nothing more than a license to legally hunt and kill innocent people PERIOD~

    February 22, 2014 at 6:08 am | Reply
  17. Linda Davis

    Ted Nugent has gone off the deep end this time. This guy must be totally bonkers to think that he can insult our President with his venomous remarks and then be a spokesman or representative to the Republican Party. From what I am reading, no one but no one in this party wants anything to do with Ted. Not only do most, if not all, Republican candidates for upcoming elections find Ted's ludicrous remarks horrible, they feel that it would be political suicide if they got within 100 yards of that man.

    February 22, 2014 at 1:05 am | Reply
  18. Randy

    Why is it the GOP makes a screwup then realizes it after the fact. Do we really want a party that acts before it thinks run our country?/ NO!

    February 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  19. taz

    There goes my vote for Abbott. 🙁

    February 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  20. 103 softtail

    Ted needs to go work for Mr. Putin in Russia, now there's a guy who could use a guy with Ted's skillset.

    February 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  21. kid twist

    be a man ted and own it no matter what..

    February 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  22. Kburg

    No Ted should not have to ask for forgiveness!!! It is high time we Americans get off our high horse and stop worrying about hurting somebodies feelings with all this political correctness and stand up to the people that are ruining this country!!!!! He only said what most Americans are saying about Obama right now, he just used different words than most! It is way past time that Obama was removed from office and we can hopefully get an American in that office and not just a politician out to fill their own agenda!

    February 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Reply

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