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Ted Nugent, long-known for making inflammatory right-wing comments, recently stated that it might be best if the South had won the Civil War.
The Secret Service is set to meet with rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent today to determine whether Nugent intended to threaten President Obama when he said he would be "either dead or in jail" if Obama gets re-elected.
Nugent has denied making a threat against the president or threatening violence.
Nugent has always been a lightning rod and his comments made at the NRA's convention over the weekend were just another instance of the right-winged rocker causing controversy.
"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," said Nugent, which many Democrats took as a threat against Obama.
But Nugent said those who take his remark as a threat are mistaken.
"By no stretch of the imagination did I ever threaten anyone's life, or hint of violence or mayhem," Nugent said in an op-ed posted Wednesday on The Blaze. "Metaphors needn't be explained to educated people."
The Secret Service is scheduled to meet with Nugent today in Oklahoma, where the rocker and gun rights advocate is performing.
"We actually have heard from the Secret Service, and they have a duty, and I salute them. I support them and I'm looking forward to our meeting," Nugent said yesterday on Glenn Beck's radio show.
A Secret Service spokesman said the agency will be meeting with Nugent to determine what the rocker's intentions were when he said he would be "either dead or in jail" if Obama wins a second term.
"We recognize an individual's right to freedom of speech but we also have a responsibility to determine and investigate intent," the spokesman said.
The explosive comments are not the first controversial statement from the potty-mouthed, conservative Nugent.
In a 1994 interview with Westword magazine, Nugent called then-First Lady Hillary Clinton a "toxic c---," a "b----" and a two-bit whore.
"You probably can't use the term 'toxic c---' in your magazine, but that's what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This b----is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro," Nugent said.
In the same interview, Nugent derided Haitian immigrants who were fleeing their unstable homeland for the United States and slammed American immigration policy in general.
"We should put razor wire around our borders and give the finger to any piece of shit who wants to come here," Nugent said.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's policy was another target of Nugent's criticism, with the rocker deriding the Great Depression-era president's policies in an interview last year with Salt TV.
"The Great Society was a Numbnut Society and the New Deal was a Raw Deal," he said.
It seems no group or person is spared from Nugent's wrath. He took aim at the Republican Party in the Salt TV interview, calling the GOP "a bunch of wimps" for being too inclusive.
"They've been so concerned about having a big tent that they've let evil in the tent," he said.
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