Ted Nugent may be a lot of things, but afraid of voicing his opinions is not one of them.
However, the frequent critic of President Obama and the Democratic Party in general may soon be getting a visit from the Secret Service for something that he said on his 2 million followers-strong Facebook page.
After watching the Michael Bay film 13 Hours, which depicts the events surrounding the 2011 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead, he was irate.
While sharing the entire Facebook post would result in one incredibly long article, it may be enough to simply share the first paragraph.
“Our unholy rotten soulless criminal America destroying government killed 4 Americans in Banghazi [sic]. Period! What sort of chimp*ss punk would deny security, turn down 61 requests for security, then tell US forces to STAND DOWN when they were ready to kick*ss on the allapukes & save American lives! Obama & Clinton, thats who. They should be tried for treason & hung. Our entire fkdup gvt must be cleansed asap”
While some have pointed out that at least Ted Nugent called for due process in his recommendation for Obama and Clinton, it’s pretty clear what the rocker and pro-gun advocate is calling for there.
Whether that means the Secret Service will actually show up on his door or not remains to be seen. It’s not a direct threat, but it’s definitely inciting, especially when you dig into the comments section.
Many are in total agreement with Ted Nugent there, and not afraid to vocalize it. Of the film itself, which has been heavily criticized by those on the left as being inaccurate, movie audiences have yet to warm up to it.
Shot on a $50 million budget, the pro-military Michael Bay film is unlikely to do much business outside the United States, and so far, it has been unable to earn back half its budget domestically per Box Office Mojo.
Still, there could be life left for it if audiences can keep it in headlines and theaters long enough to hit the main election cycle.
Clinton and Obama have been heavily criticized in partisan circles (and by some independents) for their failures to provide adequate security despite advanced knowledge of threats.
Should the Republican nominee decide to continue that narrative as the country moves toward the general election, 13 Hours might get a bump.
As for Ted Nugent, this is hardly the first controversial thing that he’s said, and he’s not backing down on his statement now that some on the left are calling for his arrest.
Scott Eric Kaufman of left-leaning blog Salon did not go that far in his criticisms, but he did say that someone “should inform Nugent that talking about ‘cleans[ing]’ groups of people is typically frowned upon in polite circles, even if those people are secretly ‘allapukes’ like he believes President Obama to be.”
Kaufman also pointed out that Ted Nugent repeated “conservative talking points about the events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 without mentioning more recent CIA revelations about the ‘stand-down order,'” namely that there is no evidence it occurred.
While the full truth of what happened at Benghazi may never be understood by the public, the film 13 Hours takes its depiction from a book of the same name written by Mitchell Zuckoff and the security team members, who were actually involved in the attack.
It has become a major talking point for conservatives looking to derail a Hillary Clinton presidency, and that is unlikely to change in the next 10 months.
It has also spawned a Republican-led investigation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Regardless of the truth behind the criticisms, do you think Ted Nugent went too far in calling for the hanging of Obama and Clinton? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image via Ted Nugent Facebook]