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Ted Nugent, Who Threatened To Kill Obama And Clinton, Now Wants To Stop The ‘Hateful Rhetoric’

Right-wing musician Ted Nugent, a Trump supporter known for his bombastic comments about the Second Amendment, but especially for his hateful rhetoric against for progressive politicians, once said threatened to kill former President Barack Obama and Sec. Of State Hillary Clinton.

When President Obama was running for reelection in 2012, the rocker said during the National Rifle Association convention that, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” The statement attracted the attention of the Secret Service.

But after Wednesday’s shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice, Nugent wants to tone down the “hateful rhetoric.”

“I encourage my friends, slash, enemies on the left, in the Democrat and liberal world, that we have got to be civil to each other,” the right-wing extremist said on the 77 WABC radio program, according to the Washington Post.

“I’m not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore,” he said.

For Nugent, this isn’t the first time he has talked about his language.

In 2014, he apologized for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” after a backlash that included criticism from Republican senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

“I apologize for using the street-fighter terminology of ‘subhuman mongrel’ instead of just using more understandable language, such as ‘violator of his oath to the Constitution,’ ‘the liar that he is.’ ”

He also said that “Obama and Clinton should be tried for treason and hung.”

Following his interview with 77 WABC radio, the Trump-supporting rocker went live on a Facebook video to explain his decision to stop the “hateful rhetoric.”

“I’m not backing down jack squat,” he said, but was taking action “so some idiot doesn’t misinterpret that I’m recommending violence.”

Nugent’s change of heart comes as some Republicans and Democrats have also called for more civil political discourse. Meanwhile, the Internet’s pro-Trump personalities blamed the attack on liberals and the media.

Watch Nugent’s hateful rant against former President Obama and Hillary Clinton in the video below:

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