Outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent has been scolded by his brother for calling President Barack Obama "a sub-human mongrel."
"I still love him, but this time he’s clearly crossed a line," Jeff Nugent, the former CEO of Revlon and Neutrogena, said in an interview with The Washington Post
Ted Nugent, a Second Amendment advocate, made the "mongrel" comment during an interview with Guns.com attacking the president last month. It came to light when Nugent joined Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on the campaign trial in the gubernatorial race against Democrat Wendy Davis.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer found Nugent's comment particularly offensive, saying that "sub-human mongrel" was the same terminology used by Nazis to justify killing millions of Jews. After being attacked by leading Republicans, Nugent apologized for the remark
, although Blitzer said it was somewhat half-hearted.
"Being Ted’s older brother, I have known him from birth, and he hasn’t changed much," Jeff Nugent said. "He has always been provocative. This time, I am offended.
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"His latest crossed line was the reference to President Obama as a 'sub-human mongrel.' It doesn’t matter what he was trying to communicate, the president of the United States is not a sub-human. I’m not defending Ted one bit. When he crosses lines, it offends me, and I tell him directly."
Jeff Nugent also revealed on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Tuesday night that he had repeatedly asked his brother to tone down his remarks. Ted had appeared on Burnett’s show the night before and promised to quit "calling people names."
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Asked to comment on his brother’s statements, Ted Nugent sent an email to the Post, saying, "No response. His words stand, and I stand with him."
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