Rock star Ted Nugent is calling on both the left and the right to take on a more civil tone in light of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice last week that left five injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Nuge, the Motor City Madman, the self-described “Detroit street fighter” who is known for his brand of rock n roll rhetoric — you know, the same guy who once told Obama to “suck my machine gun” — wants lefties and righties to now play nice.
In an interview last Thursday with 77 WABC, Nugent said that he would be “more selective with my rants and in my words.”
“At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me I just can’t use those harsh terms,” said Nugent. “I cannot and will not and I encourage even my friends, slash, enemies on the left, in the Democrat and liberal world, that we have got to be civil to each other.”
“I’m not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore,” he added.
Is Nugent being sincere? Did he really have a change of heart? Or is he now just saying this because the guy he backed for president in 2016 is in the White House?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. As it relates specifically to his rant about Obama sucking a machine gun, he told “Fox & Friends” that it “was a direct response to the liberal Democrats — Obama and Clinton, et al — to ban certain types of firearms, violating their oath to the Constitution and the Second Amendment.”
“That was a metaphor and nobody is too stupid not to know that,” he said. “But the left is so dishonest that they have misrepresented that.”
Nugent was also asked if he thinks the left will really follow his call for civility. He noted that he has “not seen any gesture whatsoever from the Left.”
“It looks to me that they are going to burn down buildings if they disagree with your speech, and they’re still going to turn over cars and attack people if they don’t agree with you,” he continued.