Rocker Ted Nugent allegedly fueled the flames of an already fiery rhetoric regarding Trayvon Martin this weekend when he said the unarmed "gangsta wannabe" teen "got justice" when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
In an interview aired on Maine's WGAN Saturday, the 64-year-old Detriot native mentioned Martin when the discussion turned to recent protests of his New Haven, Conn., concert, according to the New Haven Register. Protests were planned in response to Nugent's recent description of Martin as a "dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe," Hartford's WFSB reported. Thousands have signed a petition asking Toad's Place in New Haven to cancel the Aug. 6 show.
On Saturday, he doubled down on those very comments.
“Trayvon got justice," he said, according to the Register. He reportedly added that the 17-year-old was a “gangsta wannabe” who had a “bloodthirst,” a quality he claims is supported by the fact Martin was eager to “get into fights with people.”
Last month, the "Motor City Madman" made headlines for comments he made about the Zimmerman trial in an op-ed for conservative news site, Rare.us. Nugent wrote that Zimmerman should sue Martin's family for emotional suffering.
"Trayvon Martin’s vicious attack on George Zimmerman and Martin’s tragic death have no doubt surely dragged Mr. Zimmerman through 18 months of untold emotional hell, pain, distress, anguish, fatigue, nightmares and financial ruin," he wrote. "Again, following the narrative of the pro-Trayvon media types and other race-baiters, if Trayvon Martin was a minor, then Trayvon Martin’s parents may be held liable for the emotional pain and suffering Mr. Zimmerman has been put through for the past 18 months, and surely for the rest of his life."
Still, Nugent has insisted he is "anti-racist."
Clarification: Ted Nugent's interview was conducted by "The Weekend," a nationally syndicated radio show distributed by Premiere Radio Networks that airs on dozens of radio stations across the nation. The interview aired on WGAN. Language has been changed to clarify this.
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