There’s Nothing Normal About NRA Board Member Ted Nugent’s White House Visit
NRA Board member Ted Nugent — known for his racist, misogynist, and bigoted beliefs — was a guest last night at the White House. Not only did he dine with the president, he posed for pictures in the Oval Office and mockingly took a photo with Sarah Palin and Kid Rock underneath a portrait of Hillary Clinton.
Ted Nugent has a long and terrible track record. As the leader of a gun safety organization made up mainly of women, he’s been on my radar for years. That’s because Nugent often casts himself in the spotlight by alluding to his desire to shoot people — most often elected officials that he disagrees with, like President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
He also unabashedly says things like women deserve to be raped, uses the N word on a regular basis, and is proudly anti-Semitic. But, despite his racism and misogyny, Nugent has been a staple of the NRA’s leadership team for more than a decade as an NRA board member.
Nugent wasn’t the only NRA leader at the White House this week — the lobbying organization’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, made an appearance at the annual Easter Egg Roll. This insider access shouldn’t come as a surprise given that during the 2016 election, NRA leaders spent $30 million dollars for a seat at the table in the White House to push their dangerous “guns everywhere” agenda.
This agenda includes multiple dangerous policies like dismantling our criminal background check system, making silencers more accessible, and passing ‘concealed carry reciprocity,’ which will force states with strong gun laws to accept the gun permitting standards of those with weak ones. This is the same gun lobby that has pushed for policies that make it easy for domestic abusers to get their hands on guns. Which is why the presence of Nugent in the Oval Office is particularly disturbing.
In case you’ve missed Ted Nugent’s misogyny and racism over the years, here are few nuggets:
● Nugent posted on Facebook after receiving criticism for anti-Semitic comments, “What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for gun control are Nazis in disguise?”
● In an interview with WRIF-FM Radio in Detroit, Nugent said, “anybody that doesn’t think it is better to blow someone’s brains out than to be raped, deserves to be raped! If you don’t think your life is worth it then please go out there, don’t wear any underpants and get raped!! Cuz you deserve it.”
● In a YouTube video posted on August 23, 2007, Nugent said, “Then, I was in New York. I said, I said, Hillary you might want to ride one of these into the sunset you worthless bitch. And since I’m in California, how about Barbara Boxer, she might want to suck on my machine gun. Hey Diane Feinstein, ride one of these you worthless whore. Any questions? Freedom!”
● Another Nugent Facebook post listed several other reasons that “men prefer guns over women,” including, “A gun doesn’t mind if you go to sleep after you use it,” and, “You can buy a silencer for a gun”
● In a column for WND, Nugent heaped praise on the N-word and admitted that he “continue[s] to use the word n****er at one time or another.”
I’m angry that Ted Nugent’s dangerous and offensive rhetoric is being normalized — not just as the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, but also as the mother of a rape survivor. This is not normal, nor is it acceptable. The photos from Nugent’s White House visit send a clear message that women are not valued or safe in a NRA-funded Administration.
Women have always been on the front lines of activism in America, from opposing child labor to fighting for civil rights to creating laws against drunk driving. And now we’re on the front lines of fighting for a future free from gun violence and taking on extremist NRA leaders like Ted Nugent.
We won’t stop now — not when extremists are literally being given a seat at the White House table. And make no mistake: women and our safety are on the menu. The women who fought battles before us were insulted, threatened and harassed, too, but they did not stand down — and neither will we.