Ted Nugent apologized on Friday for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” last month.
“I do apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than myself,” Nugent said in a radio interview on the “Ben Ferguson Show.”
The rocker said he was sorry for using “street fighter terminology of subhuman mongrel.”
Nugent said he should have used a term such as “violator of his oath, the Constitution” instead.
The apology came just a day after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the rock legend and gun-rights activist should apologize for calling Obama a “subhuman mongrel” in an interview with Guns.com last month.
Paul said in a tweet that he found the comment “offensive” and that Nugent’s rhetoric has “no place in politics.”
Nugent told Ferguson he would apologize to the president.
“Yes I would,” Nugent said according to audio aired on CNN. “I did cross the line. I do apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than myself, like the best governor in America, Gov. Rick Perry, the best attorney general in America.”
Nugent said he should have used different words.
“On behalf of those professional politicians and those who put their heart and soul into representing we the people so aptly like the gentlemen I just mentioned, I apologize for using the street-fighter of subhuman mongrel instead of just using more understandable language such as violator of his oath, the Constitution, the liar that he is,” Nugent said. “I apologize for using the term subhuman mongrel and I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I’m learning from in the world of politics.”
Asked what he would say directly to the president if he were listening, Nugent replied:
“Good Lord, there’s an agenda for you.”
As WND reported, Nugent launched the blistering attack on Obama and politicians of both major parties in a Jan. 17 interview with Guns.com at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, or SHOT Show, in Las Vegas.
Nugent flayed the president as a “subhuman mongrel” who is “the enemy of the U.S. military” and who should be jailed for “treasonous acts.”
“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised communist educated communist nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America,” said Nugent.
Nugent, who is also a WND columnist, acknowledged many people would consider his remarks "inflammatory speech."
“Well, I would call it inflammatory speech when it’s your job to protect Americans and you look into the television camera and say what difference does it make that I failed in my job to provide security and we have four dead Americans. What difference does that make? Not to a chimpanzee or Hillary Clinton, I guess it doesn’t matter.”
Paul isn’t the only potential Republican presidential candidate to speak out this week about Nugent’s comments.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told CNN he disagreed with Nugent’s language, but that the rocker's comments won't necessarily stop him from campaigning with Nugent in the future.
“You’ve never heard me say such a thing and nor would I,” Cruz said. “I will note, there are reasons Ted Nugent - people listen to him, which is that he has been fighting passionately for Second Amendment rights.”
"Anybody that’s offended – sorry, but that’s just Ted," Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the Dallas Morning News.
But later that same day, the governor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer he's "got a problem" with the words Nugent used to describe Obama.
Nugent has thrown his support behind the state's Repubican Attorney General Greg Abbott to succeed Perry as governor. The Republican would likely face Democrat Wendy Davis in the general election.