Ted Nugent Calls President Obama a 'Subhuman Mongrel' and His Other Offensive Tweets

By Chris Hoenig

Ted Nugent continues to come under fire after calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”

Nugent, a controversial rock star who has become a star among conservatives for his defense of gun rights, made the comments last month in a discussion about his politics. “I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the Acorn community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America,” he told Guns.com.

The quote comes at the 6:50 mark:

While its technical definition”an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains“is just another way of saying “biracial,” the term mongrel has an ugly history. And the phrase “subhuman mongrel” has an even uglier one.

First, the original use of the word: The primary definition of mongrel refers to dogs of mixed breeds. As time passed, the term was expanded to include humans of mixed races and ethnicities, sometimes in a prejudicial way. From the times of slavery through the civil-rights movement, mongrel was also used as an insult against those in interracial relationships.

But even worse is the use of the phrase subhuman mongrel. At the peak of slavery in America, the view of Blacks as being “subhuman” was used as justification by wealthy whites. Fast forward to the 1930s and 1940s, when Nazi Germans referred to Jews as untermensch or mischling, which translates to underman (i.e., subhuman) and mongrel. Pamphlets and paraphernalia from the period show the Nazis using these views as justification for genocide.

Nugent, meanwhile, hit the road right after the comments went public to campaign for Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, who as Texas Attorney General has his own history with controversial comments and laws inhibiting women’s rights. Rather than distancing the campaign from Nugent’s comments, Abbott’s team welcomed his help.

“The controversy is what he said in the past. We are not endorsing Ted Nugent, he is supporting us,” a campaign aide told CNN. “It’s easy to criticize some of the language he has used in the past. He is protected under the Constitution, like you and I.”

Senator Ted Cruz, mentioned in many circles as a potential 2016 Presidential contender, dodged CNN’s questions about Nugent before eventually disapproving, very softly, of the comments. “Those sentiments there, of course I don’t agree with them,” Cruz eventually replied. “You’ve never heard me say such a thing, nor would I.”

When asked about campaigning with Nugent, Cruz again answered softly, saying, “I haven’t yet, and I’m going to avoid engaging in hypotheticals.” Nugent, however, told the audience in a Google Hangout with a Detroit rock station that he and Cruz have worked closely together.

Nugent himself finally respondedafter being blasted by other fellow conservatives, including current Texas Governor Rick Perry and Senators John McCain and Rand Paulwith a partial apology.

“I do apologizenot necessarily to the President, but on behalf of much better men than myself,” he told conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, “for using the streetfighter terminology of ‘subhuman mongrel’ instead of just using more understandable language, such as ‘violator of his oath to the Constitution.'”

Nugent is no stranger to controversial comments and he’s used the outrage over these latest ones to make even more. In the very same interview, he attacked Hillary Clinton, saying she has “spare scrotums.” In a series of more than 40 tweets last week, Nugent questioned whether his terminology was really that offensive.

Nugent also questioned government programs and accused President Obama of “trampling on the Constitution,” infringing on gun-ownership rights and “bribing & rewarding bloodsuckers & con artists.”

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