Ted Nugent plays hard rock and is an ardent supporter of gun rights, so it’s probably safe to say that he has a few fans in the armed forces. He won’t get the chance to perform for his fans in the army, however. A Nugent performance scheduled for Fort Knox has been cancelled.
The commanders in charge of the base at Fort Knox have decided that it’s not a good idea to bring Nugent in for a performance following his comments about President Barack Obama. Specifically, Nugent said that he would either be “dead or in jail” if Obama is re-elected this fall. Some interpreted Nugent’s comments to be a theat toward Obama’s life.
A message posted to Fort Knox’s official Facebook page explained the decision:
“After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation.”
The June 23 concert will still happen. Styx and REO Speedwagon both remain on the bill and Fort Knox officials say that a replacement for Nugent may be announced in the future.
In the comments on the Facebook post, an array of positions can be seen. Some members of the army are upset at the cancellation and have urged others to boycott the event. Some seem to have accepted that it is wholly innapropriate to invite a man who has possibly threatened the life of the POTUS, the armed forces’ commander-in-chief, to an official event.
Nugent has yet to comment on the matter. The Secret Service investigated his comments, but now says that the matter is resolved.