Secret Service to interview Ted Nugent Thursday
Conservative rocker Ted Nugent has confirmed that he will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday to determine if remarks he made were a threat to President Barack Obama’s life.
“We actually have heard from the Secret Service and they have a duty,” Nugent told radio host Glenn Beck on Wednesday. “I support them. I salute them. And I look forward to our meeting tomorrow.”
“We’re going to have a little barbecue get together,” he added. “And I’m not trying to diminish the seriousness of this, because if the Secret Service are doing it they are serious. They are dedicated and I will be as polite and supportive as I possibly can be, which will be thoroughly.”
Law enforcement sources confirmed to CBS News that the Secret Service interview would take place Thursday.
Over the weekend, Nugent had told a crowd at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention that he would be “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama was re-elected.
Nugent also urged attendees to get everyone they knew to vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and against “this vile, evil, America-hating administration” or “we’ll be a suburb of Indonesia next year.”
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November!” he exclaimed. “Any questions?”
On Tuesday, Nugent explained to conservative radio host Dana Loesch that he wasn’t worried about a Secret Service investigation.
“The Secret Service are my buddies, OK?” he told Loesch. “They work for me. I pay their salaries and I mean that seriously. But also, you know, I train with the Secret Service. I conduct federal marshal raids here in Texas. So, I rely on these heroes of the federal agencies to save my life. … So when you say Secret Service, all I can do is get a big grin on my face and realize we’ll either be shooting some taxpayer ammo at targets or we’ll be eating barbecue.”
“This is the Saul Alinsky ‘Rules for Radicals’ playbook,” Nugent said. “You see, I’m a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally and there are some power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government because I have the audacity to speak the truth, to identify the violations of our government, particularly [Attorney General] Eric Holder and the president and [Treasury Secretary] Tim Geithner, ad nauseum.”
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Nugent was also accused of threatening the lives of Democrats.
“Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun,” the rocker said while holding two assault rifles during an onstage rant. “Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.”
It’s not clear where the Secret Service interview will take place, but Nugent is set to perform at Heritage Hall in Ardmore, Oklahoma Thursday night.
Watch this video below from GBTV, broadcast April 18, 2012.
Photo: Flickr/David Defoe