Draft-dodging sexual predator Ted Nugent seems to think his appalling Facebook post Friday attacking Jews as enemies of freedom and haters of America was actually an attempt to honor holocaust victims and to prevent another one from happening. Only a Republican could twist reality into such a pretzel:
“What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise? ‘NEVER AGAIN!’ Anyone? Anyone?? RUFKM!”
That was Nugent posting to Facebook Monday, and he told his critics that they can just “eat” him, because what more powerful argument can an ignorant hick make when confronted with his ignorance?
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.
Yeah, well, we were hoping mankind couldn’t get any dumber and more dishonest too, but Nugent was happy to disappoint us. Nugent might as well wrap himself in a swastika flag as he engages in these rants.
Not content with just one screed, Nugent also posted a photo Monday, of Jews being rounded up by Nazis, captioning it, “Soulless sheep to slaughter. Not me.” Because, you know, if the Jews had had guns, Hitler couldn’t have exterminated them.
Never mind that entire countries of people opposed to Hitler, like Poland, France and Britain, armed with lots of guns – and tanks and airplanes and ships to boot – could not stop the Nazis.
What is more disturbing than Nugent’s complete ignorance of history, however, is his characterization as Jewish victims of the holocaust as “soulless.” Does he mean if you don’t have a gun, you don’t have a soul? Or that just Jews don’t have souls?
Nugent can’t really defend his ridiculous assertions of course, as this response to a critic shows:
Marcus King “Soulless sheep”…..A poor and criminally reckless choice of words! Can’t get the right notes together to put a tune and can’t put the right choice of words together to express an idea. The sum of things is: a pathetic loser! Go hunt a buck!
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Ted Nugent my unambiguous eloquence frightens you doesnt it. cool
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The only positive is Nugent mocking a holocaust denier and calling him a “dipsh*t.”
The Anti-Defamation League noted Tuesday that Nugent has opened the floodgates of antisemitism on Facebook:
Sadly, that was exactly what happened. Predictably, white supremacists and anti-Semites flooded to Nugent’s Facebook page to endorse his post and share it with their own Facebook friends (in less than 24 hours, the post had been shared over 2,800 times). Hundreds of white supremacists rushed to exploit and amplify Nugent’s post with their own propaganda, including a number of prominent white supremacists, such as former Klansman David Duke, neo-Nazi David Pringle, Traditionalist Youth Network founder Matt Heimbach and former National Youth Front leader Angelo John Gage.
People for the American Way captured a few of the comments made on Facebook by his supporters, showing Nugent “liking” these antisemitic screeds:
You literally cannot sink any lower than this execrable example of Republican thinking. He embodies everything that is hateful, and it is no wonder that he is attracted to Donald Trump’s fourth grade verbal spew. His own thinking has clearly not passed that stage of development.
The Twitterverse exploded in response, condemning Nugent as crazy, and one person contributed a real gem: “Sometimes I wish Obama really was a dictator, then we wouldn’t have to listen to Ted Nugent anymore.”
The ADL’s CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt posted a statement Monday condemning Nugent’s original post and demanding he remove it:
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.
Even pro-gun writers have begun to pressure the NRA to drop Nugent.
This is what you get for your vote for your Republican vote, America: Jews are “soulless,” and if you disagree with Ted Nugent’s Antisemitism, you are a “POS” and somehow “racist.” We could blame Fox News for this, but people like Nugent have always been with us. They marched in Hitler’s parades and saluted the Fuhrer as he strode past, and carried his banners.
It is thinking like Nugent’s that led German men to push Jews out into fields and gun them down into ditches. Nugent has dehumanized the victims of the holocaust by calling them “soulless.” The Nazis did no less before they exterminated them.
Correction to Tuesday’s post: It does turn out, as the ADL points out, that Nugent’s original posted image was not the product of Nugent’s own imagination, but rather “had circulated in white supremacist circles for several years before Nugent gave it new life.”
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.