Rock star and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show this morning. The outspoken musician discussed the heat he’s been taking over controversial comments he made at the NRA convention this past weekend. Additionally, he talked about his impending meeting with the Secret Service as a result of his words and commented on the “sub-human punk” label he gave DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“It’s a world gone berzerko,” Nugent said when summing up the days’ recent events.” If it wasn’t for the federal government my life would be perfect. Perfect. I’m not kidding…”
After Beck played a clip of Nugent’s weekend statements, the rocker went on to say that America is facing a “critical life and death vote” in November and he offered some context and personal defense.
“Every reference I made, whether it’s a shot across the bow or targeting the enemy, it always ended the sentence with ‘in November at the voter booth,’” he said, claiming that he was never advocating violence.
Nugent also said that he’s galvanizing his family and friends — and everyone he knows and interacts with — to get to the polls in November. It is the American people, he maintained earlier in the interview, who are tasked with monitoring the “bad and ugly” that often unfolds in the political sphere.
“If they want to stop the criminal spending orgy in Washington, D.C. and beyond, we’ve got to register to vote and we’ve got to go to the voting booth in November,” he proclaimed.
As for the Secret Service probe, Nugent said that he will be meeting with officials on Thursday.
“We actually have heard from the Secret Service and they have a duty. I support them. I salute them. And I look forward to our meeting tomorrow,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll have a great conversation…bottom line is, I’ve never threatened anybody’s life in my life. I’ve never threatened. I don’t waste breath threatening.”
He continued, going on to reiterate his respect for the law enforcement officials.
“We’re going to have a little barbecue get together,” he said. “And I’m not trying to diminish the seriousness of this, because if the Secret Service are doing it they are serious. They are dedicated and I will be as polite and supportive as I possibly can be, which will be thoroughly.”
Nugent expects their conclusion to be that he threatened no one.
As for Shultz, he called her, among other Democratic leaders, as “lunatic fringe.”
The rocker also shared a disturbing story about fallen Navy Seal Chris Campbell, who perished in Afghanistan in 2011. Campbell, who had purportedly stated in his will that he wanted Nugent to perform at his funeral if he died in combat, didn’t have his final wish granted.
While the musician was planning to honor the fallen hero’s request, Nugent claims he was banned from the funeral.
“My office got a call from someone high up in the military letting me know that somebody very high up did not want me to be in the same area on that day,” he explained. “So I was uninvited in defiance of a dead Navy Seal’s request. I just don’t know what country this is.”
Watch the interview, below:
The Blaze’s Tiffany Gabbay contributed to this report.