- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 1, 2017

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent, who once told a concert crowd that Barack Obama should “suck on [his] machine gun,” says its unfair to compare him to embattled comedian Kathy Griffin.

“There’s no comparison whatsoever,” Mr. Nugent said during a radio interview Wednesday on “The Ben Ferguson Show,” The Washington Examiner reported.

“We’re talking apples and grenades here,” he said. “What Kathy Griffin did was downright vulgar, obscene, and a genuine variation of a death threat. I’ve never threatened anybody.”

Ms. Griffin is facing a wave of backlash for doing a graphic photo shoot holding a realistic mock severed head of President Trump. She has since apologized for the photos and had them removed, but lost her long-running New Year’s Eve gig at CNN as a result.

Despite his history of off-color comments, Mr. Nugent was invited to the White House in April for a dinner with Mr. Trump. Liberals in the media immediately compared Ms. Griffin’s controversial stunt to Mr. Nugent’s past comments, claiming there is a double standard.

Mr. Nugent, who serves on the NRA’s Board of Directors, reportedly told a concert crowd in 2007: “Obama, he’s a piece of s–. I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Speaking in 2012 at an NRA convention in St. Louis, he said, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” And in January of last year, he called for both Mr. Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “be tried for treason & hung.”

Mr. Nugent said Wednesday that the 2012 comment is what landed him in a meeting with the Secret Service, which determined the Detroit rocker didn’t threaten anyone. 

“I’ve never threatened to hang anybody. I’ve never suggested anybody get hung, except the one time after Benghazi, I recommended that Hillary Clinton be charged, arrested, tried and hung,” he said. “What she did as secretary of state was certainly treasonous, and I stand by that.

“I’m an honest, law-abiding citizen,” he added.

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