(FORT KNOX, Ky.) — Rocker Ted Nugent may have emerged unscathed from a Secret Service investigation, but his verbal attack of President Obama is now affecting his musical career.
Commanders at the Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky cut Nugent from their annual summer concert after the controversial rocker told the National Rifle Association he will “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected and blasted members of the administration, saying conservatives should “chop their heads off.”
“After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,” Army officials posted on the base’s Facebook page.
Nugent said the concert cancellation was an insult and maintained that he was merely exercising his First Amendment rights when he told the NRA convention that Obama was running a “vile, evil, America-hating administration.”
The often-outspoken rocker insisted that he never intended to threaten the president or his administration. After meeting with Nugent in the week following his remarks, the Secret Service dropped its investigation into Nugent’s possible threat.
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