Ted Nugent on Kathy Griffin Comparisons: I Didn't Threaten Obama's Life
Kathy Griffin held a news conference on Friday to discuss the fallout after she posed with a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.
Griffin addressed the backlash that followed the photo being published on Tuesday, claiming the Trump family "mobilized their armies" against her.
"I'm going to be honest," she said through tears. "He broke me, he broke me, he broke me."
During her remarks, Griffin called out rock star Ted Nugent, alleging that he made similarly violent statements about former President Obama.
Nugent called in to "The Fox News Specialists" on Friday to respond to the "absolutely false" allegation.
He explained that the Secret Service was called to investigate him after he spoke at the NRA convention in April 2012.
"We need to ride onto that battlefield and chop their heads off in November," Nugent said at the convention, referring to the election.
"They concluded, absolutely conclusively, I did not threaten anybody's life," Nugent said. "Yet Kathy Griffin and the whole left ... just repeats the lie that I threatened the president's life. Never happened."
Eboni Williams pointed out that Nugent also made incendiary comments about then-Democratic presidential candidates Obama and Clinton while holding two machine guns during a 2007 onstage appearance.
"Obama, he's a piece of s***. I told him to suck on my machine gun," Nugent said. "Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b****."
Nugent acknowledged that he made an "outrageous metaphor" to attack the candidates' gun control policies, but he nonetheless never threatened anyone's life.
"It's good to see that everyone is condemning Kathy Griffin's action, because it is nasty," Nugent said. "This is a world of terrorism, where beheading is a reality. ... She actually referenced that to the president of the United States."
He said likening his comments to Griffin's photo is like comparing "apples and grenades."
"I did nothing to harm anyone. She came out with symbolism that was truly vile," Nugent said. "This kind of conduct is absolutely reprehensible and unacceptable."
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