Ted Nugent, the 1970s-era rock guitar icon best known for songs as "Cat Scratch Fever," "Free For All," and "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang," became the center of a national controversy last year when in a speech before a National Rifle Association gun convention, he condemned U.S. President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel."
While the 66-year-old Nugent has acquired a reputation for abusive and outrageous public statements in recent years, the apparent derogatory reference to Obama's mixed-race parentage caused a strong backlash, even among some of his conservative supporters.
Nugent soon issued a kind of "apology" for the remark, but one year later, in a weekend interview with the online gun-enthusiast site Guns.com, Nugent appeared to embrace the remark, and even emphasize it.
In the interview, Nugent described his controversial insult as "precious" and "too delicate."
"Could you think of a word that could be offensive enough to describe someone who takes your money to hire security people while passing laws denying you the right to be secure? So 'subhuman mongrel' was probably much too delicate," the Michigan native said. He first rose to stardom with his band The Amboy Dukes and their single, "Journey To the Center Of The Mind," a song extolling the virtues of LSD use, in 1968.
The Guns.com interview, released on Monday, is a video of Nugent making his comments, which may be viewed above.
Also in the interview, Nugent said that Obama may intend to institute a Nazi-style Holocaust.
"I think if a person creates an environment where sheeple can be led to gas chambers, I don't think the term subhuman mongrel is too outrageous."On Tuesday, Ted Nugent announced his latest career move, saying that he has now joined the conservative news site The Daily Caller. Nugent made the announcement on his Facebook page, linking to his first article for the Daily Caller, a harsh attack on HBO Real Sports' host Bryant Gumbel, over recent comments Gumbel made regarding the National Rifle Association.
"Proud to join Tucker Carlson & his DAILY CALLER team of truth, logic, commonsense, reality writers at this fine website," Nugent wrote in the Facebok post.
"Bryant Gumbel is drowning in the racist brainwashing koolade cult of denial. Thanx for the squawk of lies Bryant. We xpected much better from you but will gladly take the reminder of just how stupid you can be. Live it up. [sic]"
Daily Caller founding editor Tucker Carlson has not yet confirmed that Ted Nugent is now a regular contributor to the site, and following Nugent's "subhuman mongrel" comment in 2014, the Daily Caller published an op-ed column urging conservatives to disavow any connection to Nugent.