Musician and prominent National Rifle Association (NRA) board member Ted Nugent posted an anti-Semitic rant on his Facebook page. Now Jewish advocacy groups and fellow NRA members are calling for his removal from the board.
Nugent has a history of making controversial remarks, referring to U.S. President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel” in 2014. Fiercely pro-gun rights, he once announced during a concert that the president should “suck on my machine gun” according to The Daily Beast.
On Feb. 8, Nugent shared an image on his Facebook page entitled “So who is really behind gun control?”
The image includes 12 Jewish American politicians and gun control activists, each with an Israeli flag tagged beside them, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.
The image has been a popular meme on white-supremacist and neo-Nazi websites for years, according to Syracuse.
Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!
The rocker followed this post up with another meme, this one featuring Nazi soldiers rounding up European Jews.
“Soulless sheep to slaughter,” Nugent wrote. “Not me.”
These posts have prompted outrage among Jewish advocacy groups, NRA advocates and Nugent’s own social media followers.
BearingArms.com editor Bob Owens wrote that NRA members are “... simply done with Nugent… they’re tired of feeling that they have to defend his half-baked rhetoric and simple-minded outburtsts.”
“The NRA should distance itself from Mr. Nugent,” said pro-gun advocate Robert Farago. “They should revoke his membership and remove him from their board.”
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt slammed Nugent’s remarks, noting that, “... regardless of one’s views on gun control, this kind of scapegoating of an entire religious group is completely unacceptable and completely divorced from reality.”
The NRA’s only statement on the matter was that “... individual members do not speak for the NRA.”