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The usual political surrogate gaffe-outrage plotline involves an initial verbal fumble (of varying shades of off-coloredness), outrage from the opposing party, and then a quick apology from the initial, tangentially-connected offender. Ted Nugent, rebel rocker and personal defense enthusiast, has other plans.
The platinum-selling guitarist stood by the harsh and violent, President Obama-directed speech he made at Sunday’s National Rifle Association convention even as Democrats demanded that Mitt Romney, the GOP frontrunner whom Nugent endorsed last month, denounce the rocker’s support.
“I spoke at the NRA and I will stand by my speech. It was 100 percent positive,” Nugent told radio host Dana Loesch on Tuesday.
Specifically, Nugent said that conservatives must rally around Romney and “ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November,” referring to the Democrats, whom he called “criminals” and “coyotes” that should be shot for peeing on couches.
Continuing his defense, Nugent, who is often seen wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt, painted himself as, “a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally,” adding that “there are some power-abusing corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth to identify the violations of our government, particularly Eric Holder and the president and Tim Geithner, ad nauseum.”
Nugent’s new ire came from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s comments earlier on Tuesday.
“Mitt Romney surrogate Ted Nugent made offensive comments about President Obama and November’s elections this weekend that are despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale,” she said in a statement. “He called the Administration ‘vile’, ‘evil’ and ‘America-hating’, and said much worse. Yet what have we heard from Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, who should be outraged that someone representing them is using language like this to make a political point? Absolutely nothing.”
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