Ted Nugent, the outspoken rock and roll musician, has apologized for calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel,” according to a Los Angeles Times report on Friday. Ted Nugent has been campaigning for conservative candidates and issues.
In an interview on Friday with Ben Ferguson – who is a conservative talk show host on radio in Dallas – Nugent asserted that he regretted using the street-fighter terminology of “subhuman mongrel” instead of just using more understandable language such as calling Obama a “violator of the Constitution.” He went as far as to say that he crossed the line and said that he does apologize. Yet, after calling Obama a “violator of the Constitution,” Nugent said, “the liar that he is.” With that label and tag on Nugent’s comments, his apology’s sincerity is being called questionable.
The controversial comments have come from Nugent while he is campaigning for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott this week. This put Abbott in defensive mode as an Abbott spokesperson stated that even though Abbott does not always endorse or agree with the language Nugent uses, the Republican candidate for governor – Abbott – appreciates Nugent’s forceful support for individual liberty and constitutional rights.
Even though Abbott is not denouncing Nugent, other high-profile Republicans – Arizona Sen. John McCain, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry – are speaking out against his choice of terms in speaking about the president.
Nugent said during the interview, “I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I’m learning from in the world of politics."