Ted Nugent has the Secret Service keeping an eye on him, according to the Huffington Post. The surveillance began after the musician said over the weekend, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will be either dead or in jail by this time next year."
The rocker and Mitt Romney supporter made the statements during an interview at the National Rifle Association's convention in St. Louis, Missouri. He went on to compare the Obama administration to "coyotes" who needed to be shot, adding, "We need to ride into the battlefield and chop their heads off in November."
Democrats and their aligned groups have already come out against Nugent's remarks and have called for Romney to distance himself from the musician. "We don't expect moderation from Ted Nugent," said Michael Keegan, President of People for the American Way, in a statement, "but we do expect a major presidential candidate like Mitt Romney to rebuke a prominent supporter for spewing hate-filled and violent rhetoric against the President of the United States."
The Democratic National Committee has also responded with an online petition asking people to encourage Romney to "stop the violent rhetoric before it gets out of control."
"Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from," added Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul, as reported by Talking Points Memo. "Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil."
A Secret Service spokesman told New York's Vulture blog, ""We are aware of it, and we'll conduct an appropriate follow up."
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