Remember when Ted Nugent made headlines for his music?
Yes, it has been many, many years since that has happened. While he still remains a popular concert draw, his headlines tend to be more about his political rants and, this time, he's gotten himself in a real heap of trouble.
Normally content to make controversial comments about people like the president, Nugent, instead, recently went after a group of politicians who have put forward the cause of gun control. No real surprise that Ted would have something to say about that but it was the graphic he posted with his comments that created the controversy.
On Monday, he posted the comment "Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 [sic] you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!"
Under the comment was a grid showing twelve politicians and organizational leaders including Michael Bloomberg, Diane Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, Rahm Emanuel, Barbara Boxer and Alan Dershowitz. In font of every picture is a picture of the Israeli flag along with such labels as "Jew York City Mayor Mikey Bloomberg", "Gave Russian Jew immigrants your tax money" (Frank Lautenberg) and "Israel Firster" (Alan Dershowitz).
Reactions were swift and relentless. The Anti-Defamation League posted a comment directly on Nugent's page in the thread below the picture, saying:
This is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism. Regardless of one’s views on gun control, this kind of scapegoating of an entire religious group is completely unacceptable and completely divorced from reality. It should go without saying that anti-Semitism has no place in the gun control debate. You should be ashamed for promoting anti-Semitic content, and we hope that good people on both sides of the gun control debate will reject his tactics and his message. We hope you will have the good sense to remove this share immediately so that it does not spread virally across the internet.There were, unfortunately, also many people who supported Nugent's allegations and method for expressing it.
Just six hours after the original post, Nugent was already on the defensive (and getting more offensive):
Just when you hope that mankind couldnt possibly get any dumber or more dishonest, superFreaks rise to the occasion. What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise? "NEVER AGAIN!" Anyone? Anyone?? RUFKM! The founder of Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership called me his 2nd Amendment/Freedom hero. The NEVER AGAIN battlecry was universally embraced by all good people who will make sure another Holocaust never happens again. Freaks have plummeted to whole new low. Plummet on punks. Plummet on. Meanwhile I adjust my yamika at my barmitzva playing my kosher guitar. My dad killed nazis & saved Jews in WWII. Eat me.Jump to today and, evidently, the people at Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership aren't even in Ted's corner, no matter how much they once supported them. They released the statement:
JPFO Statement to Nugent CommentsOf course, Uncle Ted couldn't let that go by without an outburst, posting:
From JPFO. February 9th, 2016
We are appalled at the insensitivity of Ted Nugent‘s recent comments on Facebook and elsewhere. The deeply anti-Semitic comments and prominent positioning of the Israeli flag imagery as a tool of anti-Semitic identification combine to leave us deeply disturbed.
Neither Jews nor the Jewish faith are inherently anti-gun. Aaron Zelman, founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership was far from anti-gun. While many leaders of the gun prohibition movement are Jewish there are also many leaders of the right to keep and bear arms movement that are also in fact, Jewish.
While Nugent has long been known for outrageous and offensive statements, these latest comments place Nugent clearly over the line.
How tragic that the self inflicted scourge of political correctness can blind so many otherwise intelligent people! Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership founder Aaron Zelman was a dear friend who often referred to me as his "2nd Amendment hero". Here are my sincere words for the great man's memorial.He then quoted the JPFO letter and followed it with "Which is it goofballs? NEVER AGAIN or not? Wake the hell up/"
No more powerful words exist better defining the battlecry for freedom than a Jew proclaiming, loud and proud, "NEVER AGAIN!" And no more powerful statement could be made for such self evident truth than a group called Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. My hero, my American BloodBrother and an American Warrior legend, the great Aaron Zelman perfectly represented all free men who refuse to be controlled by others or denied our God given right to keep and bear arms. We stand repulsed by the ugly soullessness of unarmed helplessness.
If Aaron and I were together in Nuremberg Germany in 1938, I am confident that we would have led the charge to disarm Nazis and kill them with their own Lugers, refusing to board the trains or be told what to do. Many Americans will take the mighty spirit of defiance so forcefully guided by Aaron in his lifelong dedication to crushing the enemies of freedom, by keeping his dream alive to crush any and all demonic attempts to disarm free men in our beloved America.
In our hearts, and in the winds of liberty, I feel the spirit of Aaron Zelman forever. In the wind, he is still alive. God rest his warrior soul, Godspeed his defiant spirit.
Freedom BloodBrothers, Ted Nugent & family
Let's just say that this is most likely not the end of this controversy. Nugent has really riled people up with this campaign and, this time, they are not backing down or trying to ignore his rant.