The Secret Service is keeping tabs on gun-loving '70s rocker Ted Nugent after he made an apparent threat against President Obama over the weekend.
At a convention for the National Rifle Association in St. Louis, the Romney-endorser declared, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.'' Always the outspoken one, he also told the gun enthusiasts "our government is wiping its ass with the Constitution" and denounced the "criminal" Obama's "vile, evil America-hating administration."
The Nuge concluded his rant by encouraging Republicans to get all "Braveheart" on Dems. He advised Romney supporters "to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?"
Um, yes (many hands raise).
The Secret Service is so already on it. A spokesman for organization told New York Magazine, "We are aware of it, and we'll conduct an appropriate follow up."
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized the incendiary remarks in an email, also dropping the Romney connection. "Threatening violence — or whatever it is that Nugent's threatening — is clearly beyond the pale, but Nugent's not the one running for president,'' said Wasserman Schultz. "The question is: Does Romney agree with him? Right now, we don't know.''
Team Romney responded to the Nugent flap, but didn’t exactly condemn his comments either. "Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil,'' said Andrea Saul, Romney's spokeswoman.
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