Rock and roller Ted Nugent appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday to make it clear that when he told then-President Barack Obama to “suck on my machine gun,” that it was a metaphor.
The iconic rocker, who is calling on Americans to tone down the “hateful rhetoric,” said “nobody could possibly think I want anybody’s lips near my machine gun,” let alone Obama’s.
Following last week’s tragic shooting, where an unhinged liberal opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice, Nugent said he’s willing to reach across the aisle to help ensure no one is harmed over their political views.
And he was emphatic that he has “never hinted at violence.”
“Let me make it perfectly clear, I have never projected hate,” Nugent insisted. “When I said that about sucking on my machine gun, that was a direct response to the liberal Democrats — Obama and Clinton, et al — [trying] to ban certain types of firearms, violating their oath to the Constitution and the Second Amendment.”
“That was a metaphor and nobody is too stupid not to know that,” he continued. “The left is so dishonest that they misrepresented that, and make it perfectly clear with my “Fox & Friends,” I have never threatened anybody. I have never hinted at violence.”
Nugent downplayed his earlier remarks, explaining that “during adrenaline-charged rock and roll performances, Detroit street slang come out.”
“In these heightened, excited times, politically, I am reaching out across the aisle,” he said. “And I’m saying we must unite to bring no violence, no harm to any of our fellow Americans. I have always been civil.”
Not that he’s lost his perspective on who the opposition is, noting there have been no signs of civility from the left.
“They’re still going to burn down buildings if they disagree with your speech, and turn over cars and attack people if they don’t agree with you,” Nugent correctly observed.
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