(WASHINGTON) — Rocker Ted Nugent cleared his name with the Secret Service on Thursday, emerging arrest-free from a meeting with two agents prior to taking the stage in Ardemore, Oklahoma, for a concert, ABC News confirmed.
The meeting, which, according to the Washington Post, Nugent described as a “good, solid, professional” visit, came in response to Nugent telling the audience at last weekend’s National Rifle Association convention that President Obama and other members of “this vile, evil, America-hating administration,” as he called it, were “criminals.”
Nugent also said in his speech that conservatives need to “chop their heads off” and that he will “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.
But while these recent comments have sparked controversy, they are neither the first nor the harshest remarks the gun-loving rocker has spewed against the country’s top Democrats.
While Nugent has been unapologetic about his remarks, some Democrats have harshly condemned them.
“Romney surrogate Ted Nugent’s comments about Pres. Obama are vile & beyond the pale—and the Romney campaign should denounce them immediately,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tweeted Monday.
Nugent, who endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney via Twitter last month, directed his sharp tongue at Wasserman-Schultz Tuesday over the tweet, calling her a “brain dead soulless, heartless idiot.”
“I couldn’t be more proud that this soulless, heartless idiot feebly attempts to find fault with Ted Nugent,” he said.
While Romney has not commented on the Nugent controversy, his spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement Tuesday that “everyone needs to be civil.”
“Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from,” Saul said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney also dismissed Nugent’s remarks, telling reporters on Tuesday that they are just “noise.”
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Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire
Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire