Ted Nugent, the 66-year-old rocker who has become a favorite of the conservative media for his outrageous, no-hold-barred statements about liberalism, gun control, and President Barack Obama, wants his audience to know exactly how much he loves America — and he conveyed that love in an interview on the conservative network Newsmax TV Tuesday.
“My American dream glows so vibrantly, I might squirt through the phone and stain the entire listening audience. God bless America!” Nugent declared.
He made the remarks in his initial remarks after being greeted on to the show Mid Point by former sportscaster Ed Berliner, who hosts the nightly program on the fledgling news channel. Newsmax TV went on the air last June and so far is carried primarily on the Verizon FIOS fiber optical television service, as well as Direct TV and Dish satellite services.
Berliner, who in addition to his current assignment as a Newsmax TV personality, promotes himself as a “personal and corporate branding specialist” and “image consultant,” did not offer advice to Nugent on how to better refine his “brand.” Instead, he took the “Cat Scratch Fever” rocker’s bizarre threat to “squirt” on him in stride.
“That would be awfully messy,” the chuckling Berliner replied. “I mean, the paper towels we would need would be horrible.”
The Tuesday Newsmax TV interview with Ted Nugent also contained the 1970s hard rock guitar icon’s adamant denial that he is a pedophile, despite his own self-admitted fondness for engaging in sexual relations with girls under the age of 18.
Claiming that the failed Texas gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis had specifically targeted him, accusing him of pedophilia, Ted Nugent took the opportunity to deny the charge.
“Her entire campaign was attacking and lying about me, calling me a draft dodger. I’m not. Calling me a racist. I’m not. Calling me a pedophile, Ed. I’m not.”
The alleged “pedophilia” charge may have been a reference to Nugent’s 1980 song “Jailbait,” which appeared on his live album, Intensities In Ten Cities. In the song, Nugent sings about his desire to handcuff and rape a 13-year-old girl.
Also, in a biographical VH1 documentary that aired in 1998, Nugent recalled how he became the legal guardian of a 17-year-old girl for purposes of having sexual relations with her — with the supposed consent of the young woman’s parents.
“I guess they figured better Ted Nugent than some drug-infested punk in high school,” Nugent recalled, saying that the incident took place in 1978 when Nugent would have been 29-years-old.
View to the entire Newsmax TV interview with Ted Nugent, above.
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