Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday condemned Ted Nugent’s commentary on President Barack Obama, whom the gun rights activist has called a “chimpanzee” and a “subhuman mongrel.”
Paul tweeted that Nugent’s description of Obama “is offensive and has no place in politics:”
Ted Nugent’s derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) February 21, 2014
Nugent’s past remarks have come under scrutiny again this week as he campaigned for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), the presumed Republican gubernatorial nominee. When CNN pressed Abbott to address the comments, he deflected and said that campaigning with Nugent was a way to expose his gubernatorial opponent’s flip-flopping on gun issues.
Current Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he did have a “problem” with Nugent calling the President a “subhuman mongrel.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.