Politically charged musician Ted Nugent appeared on WABC Radio’s "Curtis & Eboni," and in the aftermath of the GOP congressional shooting, Nugent claimed that he can't engage in "hateful" political rhetoric any longer.
“I cannot, and I will not, and I encourage even my friends/enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world, that we have got to be civil to each other,” Nugent said. “The whole world is watching America where you have the God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and we have got to be more respectful to the other side.”
He continued, “I’m gonna take a deep breath, and I’m gonna back down. And if it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I’m going away and I’m not gonna engage in that hateful rhetoric anymore.”
The rocker also acknowledged his previous speeches directed at Democrats Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, saying that the reason he would engage in such controversial rhetoric was because he was so hyped up and angry about the political climate.
“I’m not trying to make excuses, but when I made those wild a** comments on stage against then-Senator Hillary Clinton and then-Senator Barack Obama, I don’t know if you can grasp the degree of adrenaline and intensity and over-the-top animal spirit and attitude that I live on stage,” he said.
Going further, he said, “I will avoid anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence.”
Previously, Nugent asserted that Clinton should suck on the end of his machine gun, called Obama a "sub-human mongrel," and during the 2016 presidential election, said that Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should "eat s**t and die."
Hear Nugent's full remarks in the audio below.