Ted Nugent swears he’ll be turning over a new, toned-down leaf going forward

Ted Nugent, “The Motor City Madman,” said he’s mending his ways.

He’s doing so “at the tender age of 69.”

In the wake of the Alexandria shooting spree that left Rep. Steve Scalia in critical condition, conservative voice and rock legend Ted Nugent vowed to tone down some of the madness and rhetoric that makes him “The Motor City Madman.”

When accused gunman James T. Hodgkinson declared open season this week on the Republican congressional baseball team, Nugent vowed that he’s “not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore,” Thursday on WABC radio’s “Curtis & Eboni.”

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Hosts Curtis Silwa and Eboni K. Williams asked Nugent whether some of his prior, over-the-top statements may have contributed to the divisive political atmosphere that led to Wednesday;s shooting.

They included calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” who was “communist-educated,” telling him to “suck on my machine gun,” and saying that “Trayvon Martin got justice.”

Nugent said his wife was instrumental in his decision to tone his Detroit-bred “street fighter” language down a bit.

“I just can’t use those harsh terms,” he said. “I cannot and I will not and I encourage even my friends slash enemy on the left in the Democrat, liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other.”

The “whole world is watching America,” Nugent said, adding that it’s incumbent upon us to be “more respectful to the other side.”

Most recently, “The View’s” Joy Behar declared Nugent’s White House visit, together with fellow rocker Kid Rock and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be “the saddest day in the history of the White House since the British burned it to the ground.”

The trio posed in front of a portrait of former first lady Hillary Clinton.

“When I made those wild-ass comments, on stage, about then-Senator Hillary Clinton and then-senator Barack Obama, I don’t know if you can grasp the degree of adrenalin and intensity and sheer over-the-top animal spirit and attitude that I live on stage,” he said. “I’ve got to take that deep breath.”

Nugent said he would “void anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence” going forward.

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