Rocker-turned-conservative activist Ted Nugent declined multiple invitations Monday by talk show host Dennis Miller to back away from his comparisons of the Obama administration to Nazi Germany.
Nugent offered a non-apology last week for his widely condemned comments referring to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.”
Miller said Obama may be “a horribly inept civil servant,” but he didn’t understand how Nugent could breeze past his racist comparison and then refer to “jackbooted thugs” in the White House.
“(Obama’s) just a guy in a tollbooth who keeps giving back too much change to people and, you know, I’ll be glad when he’s out of there, but he’s not a Nazi,” Miller said. “I think about the 6 million Jews rounded up and thrown into ovens and then I think about a guy who’s mismanaging the country, but God, it’s not within a million miles.”
Nugent said he didn’t believe Obama was, in fact, Adolf Hitler, but Miller continued to chide him for making Nazi comparisons.
“Do what you want, Ted, but that’s what you mean by that,” he said. “I think you mean Nazis unless there’s some goofball jackbooted thugs I don’t know about in a fictional piece, but I think that’s the reference, and they’re not like that, they just stink at running an economy and they’re a little soft on world terror.”
But that sent Nugent off on a rant.
“I just don’t agree at all,” he said. “There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly, and they started, you know, the power struggle between the different races, and the power struggle between different elements of society, and they incrementally worked their way in.”
Nugent cited the Affordable Care Act and the alleged IRS targeting of conservative groups for additional scrutiny as his proof.
“I really believe that what we see with the IRS can be compared accurately and historically to the early maneuvers of people like jack booted thugs, like the brownshirts,” Nugent said. “I really believe that and I think that you are being too soft on them.”
Miller told him they disagreed on this point, but Nugent continued.
“I think he really wants to destroy America,” he said. “I think he wants to follow the Saul Alinksy Rules for Radicals book, destroy our economy, have a — I can’t even think of the term right now — but the war between the haves and the have nots, when the haves have because they try really hard and the have nots don’t have because they don’t try as hard.”
Listen to this audio clip posted online by Media Matters: