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Ted Nugent Says He's Through with Hateful Comments Because of GOP Baseball Shooting
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16 Jun 2017 08:13 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Ted Nugent (Image Source: Nightshooter via Wikimedia Commons)

Ted Nugent is known for making hurtful, crass comments towards anyone who doesn't believe the same as him, especially when it comes to gun owner rights.

But after the shooting that targeted Republican senators this week, he is promising to stop with the "hurtful rhetoric."

Nugent, 68, is now just as known for his conservative comments and advocacy of gun owner rights as he is for his music. His last album was in 2014, and before that 2007, with his best-known songs being "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Wango Tango."

He's known for telling former President Barack Obama to "suck on my machine gun" and saying if he won his second term as president, "I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

At his concerts, he was known to shoot arrows into Jennifer Granholm's picture, who was at that time the governor of his home state, Michigan. He was also known to refer to Hillary Clinton as "devilbitch" and said she "hates everything good about America."

But Nugent has had a change of heart after James T. Hodgkinson, who was said to be upset over Donald Trump winning the election, opened fire on the baseball practice involving Republican members of Congress. Some blamed the incident on the current climate of hateful political comments that are thrown out.

"I'm not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore," Nugent promised "Curtis & Eboni," a talk show on WABC Radio in New York.

He believes it's all reached a crucial point where he "re-evaluated his approach" to the type of language he's known for growing up as a "street fighter" in Detroit.

"I just can't use those harsh terms," he explained. "I cannot and I will not, and I encourage even my friends slash enemy on the left in the Democrat, liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other."

Nugent believes the "whole world is watching America" and thinks we just need to be "more respectful to the other side." He promises he will "back down" and if it turns hateful, he'll leave.

"When I made those wild-ass comments on stage about then Senator Hillary Clinton and then-Senator Barack Obama, I don't know if you can grasp the degree of adrenaline and intensity and sheer over-the-top animal spirit and attitude that I live on stage," he noted. "I've got to take that deep breath."

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