Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has announced that he would be bringing musician and conservative loudmouth Ted Nugent to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said on his congressional website on Monday.
Traditionally, State of the Union attendees are given the opportunity to invite distinguished guests or prominent constituents to sit in during the President’s remarks. And while past honorees include war heroes and selfless public servants, Stockman has instead invited someone who has threatened the President and Democratic officials:
Nugent called President Obama a criminal and denounced his “vile, evil America-hating administration” which is “wiping its ass with the Constitution.” Taking it a step further, he said that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Following his remarks last April at a National Rifle Association annual convention, the Secret Service brought in Nugent for questioning.
Ted Nugent responded to the swift condemnation of his invitation to the State of the Union address via Twitter on Monday afternoon:
well well well, there will be a freedom addicted all American uppity Motown guitarplayer facing the POTUS at the SOTU addresss tomoro-lovely
— Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) February 11, 2013
ThinkProgress reached out to the Secret Service for a reaction, but they responded with a simple “no comment.”
Nugent spoke with the New York Times on Monday to reassure people he would be unarmed while inside the House chambers:
In interview, Ted Nugent tells the NYT he won't be carrying a gun with him to State of the Union. "I've got to demilitarize before I go."
— Jeremy W. Peters (@jwpetersNYT) February 11, 2013