Not that the Secret Service is having a great run of publicity right now, but at least they get to investigate the remarks of Ted Nugent as part of their job.
The gun-toting rocker, who has sat on the board of the National Rifle Association for year,s got himself into plenty of trouble speaking about his displeasure of the Supreme Court and then President Obama, saying, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
The Secret Service, which investigates all threats on the president, says it will investigate the remarks, reports New York magazine.
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To make things even more public, Nugent spoke his cryptic threat during the NRA’s annual convention in St. Louis on Saturday. He started by saying Obama doesn’t like the Constitution, and then went into how he believes four Supreme Court justices don’t believe in the right to self-defense. He called them stoned hippies. Nugent, to the delight of the crowd, said that people need to get involved and not let Obama take office again and added in his investigation-worthy comments. He also suggested the administration is like a coyote that needs to be shot.
The endorsement Nugent gave Mitt Romney just a month earlier forced the GOP candidate — who also spoke at the convention — to distance himself from Nugent, even if the singer himself stood by his rhetoric. While making no formal statement, he did follow things up on Tuesday by taking to the radio and saying his remarks were “100% positive.” We suppose that’s up to the Secret Service to decide.