Ted Nugent is a xenophobic, gun-loving, washed up rock star. Based on his latest Facebook rant, he is also anti-Semitic, reports Daily Kos. No one should really be surprised that Nugent possesses the views he shared via social media, but, despite our best efforts, we can’t help but be shocked by the sheer ignorance revealed in his post.
Nugent, who has been on the board of the National Rifle Association since 1995, posted this image yesterday:
The image is a compilation of Jewish Americans who have expressed support of stricter gun control. The caption reads:
‘Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!’
Ted Nugent is certainly no wordsmith, but despite grammatical errors and a lack of stylized writing, the message comes across loud and clear.
Obviously, Nugent’s post was meant to create controversy, and he was successful in his attempt. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt quickly responded to the post:
‘Ted Nugent has a long history of being an equal opportunity offender. But his latest share on Facebook, making the outrageous suggestion that Jews are behind gun control, is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism. Regardless of one’s views on gun control, this kind of scapegoating of an entire religious group is completely unacceptable and completely divorced from reality.
It should go without saying that anti-Semitism has no place in the gun control debate. Nugent should be ashamed for promoting anti-Semitic content, and we hope that good people on both sides of the gun control debate will reject his tactics and his message. We hope that Nugent will have the good sense to remove this share immediately so that it does not spread virally across the internet.’
Greenblatt’s response is much more eloquent than the original post to which he was responding, and it gets straight to the heart of the problem with Nugent’s words. Nugent placing blame on an entire religious group is ridiculous and frightening. Unfortunately, although again not surprisingly, Nugent did not have the good sense to remove his post immediately. Instead, he did the exact opposite and added the following rant:
‘Just when you hope that mankind couldnt possibly get any dumber or more dishonest, superFreaks rise to the occasion. What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise? “NEVER AGAIN!” Anyone? Anyone?? RUFKM! The founder of Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership called me his 2nd Amendment/Freedom hero. The NEVER AGAIN battlecry was universally embraced by all good people who will make sure another Holocaust never happens again. Freaks have plummeted to whole new low. Plummet on punks. Plummet on. Meanwhile I adjust my yamika at my barmitzva playing my kosher guitar. My dad killed nazis & saved Jews in WWII. Eat me.’
Just when it seems like progress is being made in America, people like Nugent hop on the internet and remind us all that we still have a long way to go.