Ted Nugent calls Parkland activists “mushy-brained children," internet reacts

Nugent appeared on "The Joe Pags Show” to toss more insults to the teens

By Nicole Karlis
April 1, 2018 2:24AM (UTC)
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Ted Nugent (AP/Morry Gash)

Ted Nugent, who sits on the board of the National Rifle Association, is the latest conservative to launch insults at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teens who are fighting for stricter gun control laws.

Indeed, on “The Joe Pags Show," a conservative radio show, he called them “liars” and said they have “no soul.”


"All you have to do now is not only feel sorry for the liars, but you have to go against them and pray to God that the lies can be crushed and the liars can be silenced so that real measures can be put into place to actually save children's lives," Nugent said. "These poor children, I'm afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul.”

"The lies from the left, the lies from these poor, mushy-brained children who have been fed lies and parrot the lies, they are actually committing spiritual suicide because everything they recommend will cause more death and mayhem, guaranteed," Nugent said.

“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies. I really feel sorry for them because it's not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it's soulless," Nugent continued.


"The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity. Again, the National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms," Nugent also said.

Once word spread about his malicious remarks, some Twitter users rushed to defend the Parkland students. One survivor from the Feb. 14 shooting, Cameron Kasky, tweeted and demanded an apology.

"If only he saw all the tears. If only he had to look into the eyes I've looked into. If only he saw what this did to all of us. And here the NRA is, receiving more fear-based donations than ever. Talk about 'no soul.' This guy better apologize. Seriously,” Kasky said on Twitter.


Others, like Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, have publicly wondered why the NRA stays silent when their members launch offensive remarks to teenagers.

The Democratic Coalition chimed in.

And so did actor Ed Helms.

Meanwhile, Dana Loesch tweeted from a shooting range.


Of course, Nugent has a history of vehemently defending the Second Amendment. Indeed, he once argued to Piers Morgan on CNN that the man who tried to assassinate Rep. Gabby Giffords was some "guy had gone through the cracks of the mental health system."

His spiteful comments are likely for attention, but they become part of the running-list of malicious remarks made by conservatives.

As disgusting as these remarks are, as Salon writer Amanda Marcotte explained, they could work out in the favor of the teenagers-and give them more power to create real change.


Research shows that gun owners are more likely to call elected officials than non-gun owners about gun policy,” Marcotte wrote. “That could change if conservatives keep enraging liberals by picking on these traumatized kids. By trying to undermine these young activists, the right may only be giving them more power.”

Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a staff writer at Salon. She covers health, science, tech and gender politics. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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