Fringe conservative gadfly Ted Nugent celebrated the federal government shutdown in a radio interview on Monday while also toying with the idea of expanding his own political ambitions.
“The threat of me running for public office is alive and well because obviously our government has been overtaken by gangsters and America-haters,” Nugent told Florida-based host Chad Tyson. “I mean we have a liar for a president. You know the president of the United States is a racist,” aaccusing President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of turning the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman “a racial escapade.”
Nugent also argued that “an honest review of the federal government” would reveal that the government’s financial affairs should be managed like one would a family budget. But as Media Matters reported, that analogy has been dismissed by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who once wrote online, “Those who analogize the federal budget to a family’s budget must know nothing about either.”
“Let’s put it this way: For every 5,000 federal employees, I could hire one person to do a better job,” Nugent said to Tyson. “It is so wasteful. It’s engineered obsolescence, it’s engineered redundancy.”
Nugent — who once callled Obama a “piece of sh*t” who should “suck on [Nugent’s] machine gun” and has also used sexual threats against a CBS News producer — used a similar taunt against Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
“Fedzilla is convinced they can operate with impunity,” Nugent told Tyson. “And I have a message for Harry Reid and the president, ‘Eat Me!”
Listen to audio from the interview, posted by Media Matters on Wednesday, below.