Musician and political activist Ted Nugent seemed to have a change of heart about vitriolic political commentary this week after the shooting Wednesday in Virginia.
A gunman opened fire on members of Congress who were practicing in a baseball field in Alexandria the day before the annual congressional baseball game. The shooting suspect, James T. Hodgkinson, who has since died, appears to have been a progressive activist who protested climate change and used social media to express his anger at Republican politicians.
Both sides of the aisle have had moments of coming together after the attack, with Speaker Paul Ryan saying, “We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” In response to the shooting, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “We will use this occasion as one that brings us together, and not separates us further.”
Nugent seemed to be echoing these sentiments during an appearance on WABC Radio’s “Curtis & Eboni,” taking a moment to reflect on his own divisive rhetoric over the years.
“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.”
Nugent acknowledged his past “wild” comments about then-President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and vowed to do better. The musician once called Obama a “sub-human mongrel” and said senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders should “eat s**t and die.”
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