This year before the state of the union, Ted Nugent got in front of a camera and said this:
“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,”
Immediately, outrage flew. Not because this was the language that Hitler and his party used to describe Jews in the run up to Kristallnacht and World War II, but because that’s the President of the United States, and whether you voted for him or not, you should have respect for his office.
Since then, Nugent has seen his fair share of criticism from most in the political world, but to a small subset of the Republican party, his popularity only increased when he used racist terminology towards the nation’s first African American President.
In fact, just yesterday, Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott campaigned with the former rocker, hoping to use Nugent to draw the connection between the President and his opponent, Democrat Wendy Davis.
Except, that didn’t really work out so well for the Republican candidate. Instead of being able to make his points about how Wendy Davis is like Barack Obama, and believe me, he tried, the only thing any reporters wanted to talk about was why the hell a candidate for Governor of one of America’s most important states is campaigning with a guy who is a blatant racist and has made personal threats against the President, such as when Nugent said that, if Obama is re-elected, he will either be “dead or in prison“.
It’s little wonder, then, to see Nugent out apologizing for his words today, more than a month after he made them. Nugent told reporters:
“I do apologize — not necessarily to the President — but on behalf of much better men than myself,” Nugent said, calling the comments “streetfighter terminology.”
“I apologize for using the term,” Nugent said. “I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I’m learning from in the world of politics.”
Now that’s some apology!
Interesting that, in the month plus since Nugent made the original comments, he wasn’t sorry. As soon as his ability to campaign was affected though, and he became too radioactive to continue going on the TV attacking the President, THEN Ted Nugent is sorry.