Musician and NRA board member Ted Nugent is receiving criticism from civil rights group and praise from white nationalists after posting multiple anti-Semitic rants on his Facebook page this week. But, as Timothy Johnson of Media Matters notes, Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is “still touting praise” from Nugent.
Nugent, who in the last few days suggested that gun reform is an evil Jewish plot, portrayed Jewish leaders as Nazis paving the way for the next Holocaust and mocked Holocaust victims as “soulless sheep,” has now engaged in several debates on his Facebook page over his remarks.
Nugent did not serve in the Iraq War, although he did meet with troops in Iraq alongside fellow musician Toby Keith as part of a USO tour. There is a running debate as to whether Nugent faked a medical exam in order to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
The conservative entertainer also criticized a Jewish gun group, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, for issuing a statement condemning his “deeply anti-Semitic comments.”
In his response, Nugent condemned the group’s “sad bullshit” and said that if he had lived in Nazi Germany, he would have helped lead “the charge to disarm Nazis and kill them with their own Lugers.”