Former rocker-turned-NRA firebrand Ted Nugent has been remarkably quiet in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida.
The normally outspoken conservative icon is usually in the vanguard when the NRA comes under attack, going in fast and hard to take Liberals down with the harshest and most inappropriate rhetoric imaginable.
Nugent’s verbal assaults on Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama were so monstrous and ominous that the Secret Service had to call him in for questioning just to be sure he wasn’t a real threat.
But after the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in 2017, Nugent took a self-imposed hiatus from “harsh rhetoric” as he put it, saying then that, “I cannot, and I will not, and I encourage even my friends/enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other… 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.”
That hiatus is over, apparently. The normally effective playbook the NRA uses after every mass shooting hasn’t worked following the Parkland massacre, and they must have concluded that the ineffectiveness is at least in part to do with Nugent’s absence from the game. Dana Loesch and Laura Ingraham just aren’t cutting it, and so Nugent has been called out of retirement.
On Thursday, Nugent entered the fray to do what he does best. Appearing on a conservative internet show, he hit the teenaged survivors below the belt, calling them “poor mushy brained children who have been fed lies,” and accusing them of “committing spiritual suicide” for asking for common sense gun reform.
He also came to the defense of the straw-man “law-abiding citizen” the NRA loves to invoke whenever the public rises up to question existing gun laws.
“To attack the good law-abiding families of America when well known predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless,” he said. “These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul.”
If you thought Nugent belatedly joining the NRA’s counter attack would scare the Parkland survivors into submission, however, you’d be sadly mistaken.
On Saturday morning, MSNBC host Joy Reid interviewed three of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on a range of topics, and at the end of the segment, she brought-up Nugent’s comments.
Their hilarious reaction says it all.
You can watch the segment from MSNBC’s AM Joy below.