Ted Nugent says Obama’s stoking a “power struggle between the different races”

The NRA board member is on the defense after being criticized for calling the president a "subhuman mongrel" VIDEO

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After associating himself with Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, NRA board member, rage-filled wingnut, and former musician Ted Nugent is defending himself after being criticized for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and for generally being a hateful and unpleasant person.

Joining rightwing comedian Dennis Miller on his radio show, Nugent continued to insist calling the first African American president a “subhuman mongrel” was totally not racist. He also defended himself for frequently comparing his political opponents to Nazis, a rhetorical move that Miller urged Nugent to abandon.

After Miller noted that the Nazis were fanatical mass murderers who dealt with their political enemies almost exclusively through violence and terror — something that, for all his faults, Barack Obama does not do — Nugent stuck by the comparison while simultaneously claiming that Obama was to blame for any racial animus that’s currently present in American society.

“There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly,” Nugent said. “And they started, you know, the power struggle between the different races, and the power struggle between different elements of society. And they incrementally worked their way in. And I think that’s what Obamacare is, that’s what I think most of what he represents.”

To buttress his claim, Nugent cited the widely-debunked but enduring rightwing conspiracy theory that Obama directed the IRS to exclusively harass conservatives, saying, “I really believe that what we see with the IRS can be compared accurately and historically to the early maneuvers of people like jack-booted thugs, like the brownshirts.”

Nugent then accused Miller of “being too soft” on Obama and the Democrats before further explaining what he believed President Obama really wants to do (spoiler: destroy America and give some people‘s hard-earned money to a bunch of moochers).



“I think he really wants to destroy America,” Nugent said. “I think he wants to follow the Saul Alinksy Rules for Radicals book, destroy our economy, have a — I can’t even think of the term right now — but the war between the haves and the have nots, when the haves have because they try really hard and the have nots don’t have because they don’t try as hard.”

You can listen to Nugent and Miller’s colloquy below, via Media Matters:

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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