Rock star Ted Nugent isn’t known to hold his tongue when it comes to politics. However, in the wake of the Steve Scalise shooting, that’s apparently going to change.
In an appearance on WABC-AM’s “Curtis & Eboni” on Thursday morning, just 24 hours after the Scalise shooting, the “Cat Scratch Fever” singer and conservative icon shocked many when he vowed to tone down what he called his “hateful rhetoric” after the assassination attempt in Washington.
“At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me that I just can’t use those harsh terms,” Nugent said, according to Fox News. “I cannot and I will not.”
While Nugent said he would still be “feisty” and “passionate,” he said that he would “avoid anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence.”
Nugent also reached out to his “friends [and] enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world [to say] that we have got to be civil to each other, that the whole world is watching America, where you have the God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and we have got to be more respectful to the other side.”
Nugent has often been known to get close to the line (and sometimes go over it) with his rhetoric. He once told Barack Obama to “suck on my machine gun” over gun control and called Hillary Clinton a “worthless b****” back in 2007.
If Nugent can dial that sort of thing back while still remaining entertaining and, as he puts it, “feisty,” that would definitely be a win. Of course, it probably doesn’t hurt that Nugent is possibly considering a 2018 Senate run in Michigan.
While he hasn’t made definitive plans to oppose Democrat Debbie Stabenow public, he refused to rule a campaign out during a February interview with The Daily Caller.
“I’m always very interested in making my country and the great state of Michigan great again and there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help in any way I possibly can,” Nugent said.
If he were to make a run at the nation’s upper chamber, his more inflammatory statements would likely go over with a thud. The sooner he can distance himself from them, the better.
That being said, it speaks volumes about where the American polity is when one of the few people taking stock of their rhetoric in the aftermath of a shooting directed at Republicans is a conservative responsible for performing “Wango Tango.”
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