GOP invites NRA’s vile Ted Nugent to State of the Union

NRA board member Ted Nugent has been invited to attend the State of the Union Tuesday night as a guest of GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

Nugent is known for his foul-mouthed advocacy on behalf of the NRA – have you ever noticed how there’s never a “normal” spokesman for the NRA? – and more generally he represents the extremist mainstream of the GOP with his ongoing litany of racist, sexist and homophobic comments.

Nugent’s filthy mouth seems to endear him all the more to Republicans, even meriting him an invite to the State of the Union from a Republican member of Congress.

A sample of Ted Nugent’s hate

In the past Ted Nugent has said of President Obama that he is “evil,” “hates America” and is a “piece of sh*t.”

Nugent has called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “a toxic cun*,” a “two-bit wh*re,” and a”worthless b*tch.” (See video below).

Nugent also called Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) a “worthless wh*re.” (See video below).

Here is NRA board member Ted Nugent in action a few years ago:

Nugent also said last year  that he wondered if it would have been better had the South won the Civil War.

Nugent investigated by Secret Service

But perhaps Nugent is best known for, also last year, making comments about the President that were so disturbing they instigated a Secret Service investigation:

nra-board-member-ted-nugentTed Nugent’s threatening remarks about President Obama at the annual National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis have earned him a follow-up conversation with the Secret Service. On Sunday, the singer remarked that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” The Secret Service, which investigates all threats against the President, confirmed to New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog that they have in fact flagged Nugent’s comment. “We are aware of it, and we’ll conduct an appropriate follow up,” the agent told the magazine.

Here’s video of Nugent’s disturbing comments, which include a subtle racist Indonesia reference as well:

As if someone like this has earned the right to own a gun.

It’s disturbing enough that any Republican congressman would embrace a man who has used such foul language about women, or the President of the United States – not to mention, inviting someone to sit in the presence of the President when he was recently investigated as a possible threat to the President. But to embrace the extreme mainstream of the NRA just two months after a gunman murdered 20 six- and seven- year olds at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut only goes to show how extreme the Republican party, and the NRA, have both become.

Welcome to today’s Republican party.

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