Ted Nugent — the conservative rocker whose explosive, liberal-bashing remarks have gotten him in hot water — has promised to end his "hateful" trash-talk in the wake of Wednesday's horrific shooting at a congressional event.
"I just can't use those harsh terms. I cannot and I will not," said Nugent, who once called President Barack Obama a "sub-human mongrel," dubbed Hillary Clinton a "devilb---h" and proclaimed "foreigners are scum."
Appearing on WABC Radio's "Curtis & Eboni" program, the guitar-crunching Wildman, whose hits include "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Journey to the Center of the Mind," added:
"At the tender age of 79, my wife has convinced me that I just can't use those harsh terms … We have got to be more respectful to the other side …
"I am the Motor City Madman … but I am going to take a deep breath and I am going to back it down and if it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I'm going away. I'm not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore."
Nugent, who plays a guitar with an American flag design, said he also will "encourage even my friends/enemies on the left in the Democrat-liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other."
His mea culpa and pledge came after some lawmakers blamed hateful political remarks for fueling rifle-toting maniac James Hodgkinson's attack on the GOP congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Va. which critically injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
"I've got to take that deep breath," Nugent said, "[and] void anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence."
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