Ted Nugent reportedly having an interview with Secret Service over his comment to Obama. Ted Nugent remarks over Obama will be closed after the star having a meeting with the Secret Service. Details!!!!!
Secret Service clears Nugent after interview
The U.S. Secret Service said Thursday that it has resolved any questions regarding rocker Ted Nugent, whom its agents interviewed after he said he would be “dead or in jail” if President Barack Obama were re-elected.
“The issue has been resolved,” and the agency “does not anticipate any further action,” Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN after the interview.
Earlier Thursday, Nugent issued a statement of his own, writing, “I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in OK today.” The musician was in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to perform a concert.
Nugent described the as a “good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be.”
The interview came amid outcry over comments Nugent made at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which took place in St. Louis, Missouri, this past weekend.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said, according to a video that the NRA posted on YouTube. “If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”
The video has since been removed.
Many have questioned whether Nugent was alluding to violence against the president.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, solicited donations from supporters using the comments, calling them “despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale.”
A U.S. official said Wednesday that Secret Service policy is to acknowledge every American’s right to free speech while still determining an individual’s intent.
Nugent’s comments sparked particular furor because the musician and activist has endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded to comments from Nugent on Tuesday, saying “divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from.”
“Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil,” she added. (CNN)