A silver lining may be appearing after the recent violent shootings in Washington D.C. Many are calling for everyone to tone down hateful political rhetoric that can serve to incite violent acts like accused shooter James T. Hodgkinson committed when he opened fire on the GOP congressional baseball team.
Rockstar and well-known conservative activist Ted Nugent just promised to decrease his highly charged rhetoric. “I’m not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore,” Nugent said Thursday on “Curtis & Eboni,” a political talk show on WABC Radio in New York (You can listen to the interview below).
The radio talk show hosts grilled Nugent on “hateful” rhetoric. Nugent has made threats against former President Obama several times in the past. At one point he told the former president to “suck on my machine gun.” Nugent also made hateful remarks about Hillary Clinton, calling her a “devilbitch” who “hates everything good about America.”
The Rockstar has now said that in this critical state he has “re-evaluated his approach” to using the kind of language he learned growing up as a “street fighter” in Detroit. “I just can’t use those harsh terms,” Nugent said. “I cannot and I will not and I encourage even my friends slash enemy on the left in the Democrat, liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other.” Nugent said the “whole world is watching America” and we have to be “more respectful to the other side.” He has promised to “back down,” and when things get hateful, he is going just to go away. Nugent has officially promised to “void anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence” going forward.
Regarding the things that he has said in the past, Nugent had this to say in his defense, “When I made those wild-ass comments, on stage, about then-Senator Hillary Clinton and then-senator Barack Obama, I don’t know if you can grasp the degree of adrenalin and intensity and sheer over-the-top animal spirit and attitude that I live on stage,” he said. “I’ve got to take that deep breath.”
What do you think about this promised change in tone and message from Ted Nugent?
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