- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2014

Rocker Ted Nugent issued an apology of sorts Friday for referring to President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel” in a published interview with Guns.com.

The apology, however, wasn’t a full mea culpa.

“I do apologize — not necessarily to the president — but on behalf of much better men than myself,” he said during an interview with conservative radio host and a CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson. “[I apologize] for using the street fighter terminology of ‘subhuman mongrel,’ instead of just using more understandable language, such as ‘violator of his own — the Constitution.’”

Mr. Nugent made waves when he told Guns.com during a January interview at SHOT Show 2014, “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.”

His apology Friday comes on the heels of pressure from many in the Republican camp who found his characterization of the president offensive. Sen. Rand Paul just put out a Twitter statement, calling for the Second Amendment activist to apologize, while Sen. Ted Cruz suggested Mr. Nugent’s comments went over the line. Gov. Rick Perry, meanwhile, had decried Mr. Nugent’s use of the word “mongrel” to describe a president.

Mr. Nugent said he will try “to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I’m learning form in the world of politics.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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