Rock legend Ted Nugent vowed to stop saying anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence. He made the vow in an interview with Curtis & Ebony on 77WABC Radio on Thursday.
According to Nugent, he’s “reevaluated” his language and plans to clean up the rhetoric.
“At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me I just can’t use those harsh terms,” Nugent said. “I cannot and will not, and I encourage even my friends, enemies on the left, in the Democrat and liberal world, that we have got to be civil to each other.”
Nugent’s pledge was made the day after Republican lawmakers were targeted by a lone gunman while practicing for a baseball game. The attack, which left four people injured and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) in critical condition, prompted Nugent’s epiphany.
Both Democratic and Republican congressmen have reported an increase in the number of threats they are receiving, and some members are asking for changes to political rhetoric that is seen as a possible cause for the escalation.
Nugent has been criticized in the past for making provocative statements that were sometimes interpreted as suggestions of violence.
“Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun,” Nugent said in 2007, referencing former then Senator Barack Obama. He went on to include Hillary Clinton in his comments. “Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.”
Nugent has blamed his language on the adrenaline rush he experiences on stage, in addition to his youth in Detroit during the ’67 riots.
Nugent maintains it’s ok to speak freely, but people have to avoid inciting violence. He ended the interview saying, “Here’s the battle cry for America: Zero Violence. God bless you guys, God bless America.”
Nugent’s comments can be heard here.
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