February 21, 2014, 12:16 pm
Nugent apologizes for calling Obama 'subhuman mongrel'
By Rebecca Shabad
Singer Ted Nugent apologized on Friday for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” last month.
“I do apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than myself,” Nugent said in a radio interview on the "Ben Ferguson Show."
The rocker said he was sorry for using “street fighter terminology of subhuman mongrel,’ ” and admitted, "I did cross the line.”
Nugent said he should have used a term such as “violator of his oath, the Constitution” instead.
The apology came just a day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) urged Nugent to apologize for the remark.
“Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize,” Paul tweeted Thursday night.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry (Texas) also criticized Nugent on Thursday for the “mongrel” comment.
“I’ve got a problem with someone calling the president a ‘mongrel.’ That is an inappropriate thing to say,” Perry said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
Nugent made the comment in an interview at a Las Vegas trade show last month.
"I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America,” Nugent said.
Nugent campaigned for Greg Abbott’s (R) Texas gubernatorial race this week. Abbott currently serves as the state’s attorney general.
On Wednesday, Sarah Palin endorsed Abbott and supported Nugent’s appearance at the event.