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19th June 2017

ted nugent

Ted Nugent has made a vow to stop his "hateful rhetoric" after a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically wounded in the attack and that has prompted calls for media and lawmakers of all political persuasions to tone down their comments.

The often outspoken and outrageous Nugent appeared on WABC's Curtis & Eboni radio talk show and said that he was re-evaluating his tough-guy approach after the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

"I'm a street fighter. I'm from Detroit. We use language in the street, we use certain harsh terms. But at the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me that I just can't use those harsh terms. I cannot, and I will not, and I encourage even my friends-slash-enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other, that the whole world is watching America, where you have the God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and we have got to be more respectful to the other side.

"But I have to clarify: we really are angry. We don't believe, we cannot believe that people on the left don't want secure borders. This is crazy to us."

Nugent said on Facebook last year that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should be tried for treason and hanged over their handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya and he has also made threats against Obama several times in the past, including telling the former President to "suck on my machine gun". Clinton meanwhile has been the subject of other inflammatory remarks including being called a "devilbitch" who "hates everything good about America."

Nugent acknowledged these comments during the radio interview and said that the reason he made such controversial remarks was because he was so hyped up and angry about the political climate, saying.

"I'm not trying to make excuses, but when I made those wild-ass comments on stage against then-Senator Hillary Clinton and then-Senator Barack Obama, I don't know if you can grasp the degree of adrenaline and intensity and over-the-top animal spirit and attitude that I live on stage."

Ted added that he will still be "feisty" and "passionate" when it comes to speaking his mind, but added:

"I will avoid anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence.

"I'm going to take a deep breath and I am going to back it down. And if it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I'm going away. I'm not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore."


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