Ted Nugent meets Secret Service agents after Obama rant, denies making threats
Ted Nugent recently had a chat with "two fine, professional Secret Service agents" after a rant he made about President Barack Obama was brought to the government security agency's attention and the group says the issue has been resolved.
The right-wing rock musician and outspoken advocate for gun owners' rights had said at a recent National Rifle Convention that he will "either be dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected in the November election and also called on his fellow Republican voters to channel "Braveheart" and "ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off" at the ballot.
"I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in OK today," Nugent said in a message on his website on Thursday. "Good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be."
The Associated Press quoted a Secret Service spokesperson as saying: "The issue has been resolved. The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action."
Scores of people had weighed in on Nugent's rant, which went viral earlier this week, on Twitter, with some perceiving it to be a threat against the president.
"By no stretch of the imagination did I threaten anyone's life, or hint at violence or mayhem," Nugent said on his website. "Metaphors needn't be explained to educated people."
The Democratic National Committee launched a petition, calling on Republican candidate Mitt Romney to denounce the musician's "hateful speech." Nugent has endorsed the Republican candidate, whose spokesperson did not condemn his words, but said Romney "believed everyone needs to be civil."
The singer and former Damn Yankees guitarist is known by his fans as "The Nuge" and refers to himself on Twitter as a "madman." He has often insulted Obama.
He once called the Democratic leader a "clueless, rookie president" in a scathing op-ed published in The Washington Times in 2010 after a Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that had extended the Second Amendment to states and cities and ahead of the Fourth of July holiday to celebrate the U.S.'s independence.
He also called the president "the most deceitful lying dishonest smoke and mirrors punk the world has ever known," in a Twitter message on Jan. 24, 2012.
He continued to rant on Friday to his followers, which have grown from about 54,000 to more than 60,000 since his rant at the NRA convention went viral.
"Can u possibly imagine how wonderful I feel again today knowing my haters have again committed political suicide & lost their mad scramble?" he Tweeted.