Ted Nugent’s Secret Service Call

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Ted Nugent at his ranch near Crawford, Texas.

Ted Nugent, the gun-loving rock ‘n roller who called the president, vice president and attorney general “criminals” during a weekend address to the National Rifle Association, says he has a date with the Secret Service.

It may have something to do with Nugent’s rallying cry to the NRA — reminding his fellow Second Amendment devotees that “we are patriots, we are Braveheart,” and saying: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

Nugent, heading out to Oklahoma for another concert, said today that he has an appointment backstage Thursday with the Secret Service. “They have a duty,” he acknowledged.

So what did he mean by those provocative comments, asked another provocateur, radio’s Glenn Beck, in an interview of Nugent on Beck’s radio show today. What is he planning in November, Beck asked Nugent (his “close, personal friend”)?

“That’s the season of harvest,” Nugent told Beck. “That’s when we get Thanksgiving. We vote this November, a critical life and death vote.” Every comment he’s ever made about shots across the bow or targeting people, he said, “it always ends in November.”

The Secret Service has nothing to worry about, Nugent suggested — “I’ve never threatened anybody’s life in my life. I don’t waste my breath threatening.”

The problem, he said, is that “lunatic fringe in the government,” people like former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Democratic National Committee chair, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. (“She is a Che Guevera fan,” he said of the DNC chair.) Speak out, he suggested, and the Feds come calling.

“The conclusion will be obvious,” he said, “that I threatened no one.”

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