All right, move along, there’s nothing more to see here.
Ted Nugent, who went on a fire-breathing anti-Obama rant days ago, had a nice visit from those men in dark suits and cleared up any notion that he said anything close to advocating violence. After the Secret Service visited him, a spokesperson told The Washington Post that, “The issue has been resolved [and the agency] does not anticipate any further action.”
The reason for the check in, in case you missed it, was Nugent’s speech at a National Rifle Association event last Sunday. “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” the rocker blared, following it up by saying to his audience: “Why are you laughing? Do you think that’s funny? That’s not funny at all. I’m serious as a heart attack.”
See how that could be interpreted to sound bad, even if he didn’t mean anything by it?
Nugent also later used the phrase “chop their heads off” to refer to his political opponents and classified the Obama administration as “vile, evil, America-hating” among other vivid descriptions. (Check out the video and transcript right here, courtesy of PolitiFact.)
As Nugent explained on his website on Thursday:
I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in OK today. 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. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be.
His post also reiterated that, no, he wasn’t threatening anyone–and that people need to understand that there are nuances in language. “By no stretch of the imagination did I threaten anyone’s life, or hint at violence or mayhem,” he wrote. “Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people.”