As politicians are preparing for the last mile before November’s presidential elections, other people are joining the event. Whether it’s just an attempt to get under media spotlight or it’s a genuine inclination, celebrities and businessmen love to get involved in the race. Take Ted Nugent for instance. Ted Nugent became the latest to endorse Mitt Romney, but set himself apart from the crowd by making a threat against Obama.
As he describes himself, Ted Nugent is a “Motor City Madman”, a board member of the National Rifle Association and as of this week a Mitt Romney supporter. However, it’s unlikely that after Nugent’s latest comments, the Republican candidate would like to keep the endorsement.
Ted Nugent spoke his mind in this weekend at the National Rifle Association conference in St. Louis. Audience members had the chance to hear the Madman talk like a madman. From this rock star’s point of view, “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year”. During the controversial speech, Ted Nugent described the current White House administration to be vile and evil and above all against America.
A lot of people took Ted Nugent’s speech as a threat against Obama and called on Mitt Romney to take action against the rock star. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, national chairwoman of Democrats asked Romney to “condemn Nugent’s violent and hateful rhetoric immediately” because “it has no place in our political discourse or this campaign”.
A reaction from the Mitt Romney campaign did come, but not as you’d imagine. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul read a statement that did not mention Ted Nugent, but only a rule of conduit: “Divisive language is offensive no matter what the side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil”.
Although Ted Nugent is the least likely to actually help Mitt Romney during the nomination campaign, this rock star managed to get some media coverage thanks to his outrageous and irresponsible statements. But it’s not like that’s going to change much, since the media coverage comes with names such as “Romney surrogate”. In the end, all that rock star Ted Nugent managed to do is remind the nation he is still alive.