A Texas GOP congressman who has floated the possibility of impeaching President Barack Obama announced Monday that controversial rocker Ted Nugent would be his guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who claimed earlier this year that he'd be willing to file articles of impeachment over Obama's gun control push, addressed the development in a statement, stressing that Nugent would be available for media interviews after Obama's speech.
"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," the congressman said. "After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."
Nugent has been one of Obama's most inflammatory critics, taking an increasingly combative tone in the wake of the president's new push to reduce gun violence. He drew nationwide backlash for comments made last year in which he called for attendees at a National Rifle Association rally to "ride into that battlefield and chop [Democrats'] heads off in November." He also said he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected. The Secret Service later visited the entertainer and said they had resolved the issue, but an unbowed Nugent didn't tone down his rhetoric.
Speaking earlier this year about Obama's proposed measures to address gun violence, Nugent suggested that he and his buddies were prepared for an armed rebellion against an "evil, dangerous" Obama, whom he accused of preparing a broad plan to confiscate guns.
Stockman could end up having a lot on his plate on Tuesday evening, apart from any potential excitement provided by his guest. His office has also announced that the congressman will fact-check the president's address in real time over Twitter.
UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. -- Asked by the New York Times if he'd be armed at the State of the Union, Nugent said he planned to "demilitarize" before entering the Capitol.
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
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'Dead Or In Jail'
"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/ted-nugent-romney-obama_n_1429698.html" target="_hplink">said</a> to NRA supporters in April 2012. "If you can't galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we're done." Nugent added: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November."
'I'd Like To Shoot 'Em Dead'
During an interview in 2008, Nugent had harsh words for undocumented immigrants. "In an unauthorized entry, armed like they are right now, invading our country, I'd like to shoot 'em dead," <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QjBdRHQnEYg" target="_hplink">Nugent</a> told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
'Black Jew At A Nazi-Klan Rally'
After sparking controversy with his anti-Obama screed that earned him a Secret Service investigation, Nugent doubled down on his remarks during an interview with radio host Dana Loesch. "I'm a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/ted-nugent-obama-remarks_n_1432988.html" target="_hplink">he said</a>. "And there are some power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth."
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is 'Brain-Dead'
"Wasserman Schultz is such a brain-dead, soulless idiot," Nugent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/ted-nugent-obama-remarks_n_1432988.html" target="_hplink">told</a> Dana Loesch after the Florida congresswoman criticized his anti-Obama comments. "I could not be more proud that this soulless, heartless idiot feebly attempts to find fault with Ted Nugent, because I am on the right track and she just encourages me to stand stronger."
'Suck On My Machine Gun'
During a 2011 interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Nugent outlined his views on gun control. "Anybody that wants to disarm me can drop dead," <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SZCxArSFRcw" target="_hplink">Nugent said</a>. "Anybody that wants to make me unarmed and helpless, we're gonna literally create the proven places that where more innocents are killed called 'gun-free zones,' we're gonna beat you. We're gonna vote you out of office, or suck on my machine gun, you can take it whichever way you want."
While on stage at a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zYmFAwhmqaU" target="_hplink">2008 concert</a>, Nugent held up machine guns and shared his thoughts on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. "Hey, Obama," he said, guns in hand. "You might wanna suck on one of these, you punk." He continued, "Hillary, you might wanna ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch."
'Apartheid Isn't That Cut-And-Dry'
In 1990, Nugent caused a stir when he commented on racial segregation in South Africa to <em>Detroit Free Press</em> magazine. "Apartheid isn't that cut and dry," Nugent said. "All men are not created equal. The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man. I mean that with no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I'm one of them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands ... These are different people. You give 'em toothpaste, they f---ing eat it ... I hope they don't become civilized. They're way ahead of the game."