According to CNN, the U.S. Secret Service has “resolved” the issue over comments Ted Nugent made at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which took place on April 14 in St. Louis, Missouri.
“The issue has been resolved,” and the agency “does not anticipate any further action,” Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN after meeting with the legendary rocker.
Earlier Thursday, Nugent — who was in Ardmore, Oklahoma for a performance — issued a statement of his own, writing, “I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents. Good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone.”
He added, “The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be.”
While attending the National Rifle Association convention, Nugent, who has endorsed Mitt Romney in the general election, said, among other things, “If you don’t know that our government is wiping its ass with the constitution, you’re living under a rock. . . I’ll tell you this right now: if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. . . Our president, and attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton — they’re criminals. We’re Americans because we defied the king. . . We are patriots, we are bravehearts. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”
Nugent told told conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Wednesday the comments were in no way a physical threat toward Obama. He reiterated that again in his Thursday statement.
“By no stretch of the imagination did I threaten anyone’s life, or hint at violence or mayhem,” Nugent wrote. “Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people.”