This ‘Subhuman Mongrel’ Forgives You, Ted Nugent

In 2014 America, life can get pretty confusing for a gun-toting, guitar-rock has-been. So, Ted Nugent, I forgive you for referring to the president of the United States as a “subhuman mongrel.”

Ted Nugent with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in June 2005 in Crawford, Texas, where Nugent has lived since 2003 PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

He’s hurting his own cause. It was just earlier this week that Nugent wrote a provocative op-ed for World Net Daily, asking, “What Would Dr. King Say About Black Culture?” The answer, we already pointed out on The Root, is that it’s always dicey speculating about what Martin Luther King Jr. would think of our world today. At a minimum, though, it’s safe to say he wouldn’t be in favor of describing humans as “subhumans.”

No one believes him anymore. And finally, Nugent has lost some of his street cred. In 2012 he told an interviewer that if Obama was re-elected, “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” But that never came to pass.

I’m glad that hasn’t happened to him—even we mongrels have sympathy for our fellow man—but in hindsight, it’s hard not to conclude that the bulk of Nugent’s tough talk is really just that: talk.

It’s been, in other words, a rough ride for Nugent.

His heyday—a world of shirtless guitar solos, gas shortages and stagflation—has given way to a Brooks Brothers-suited president who only musters a new record stock market high about every other day. His world has been, in a word, rocked.

Some folks might have a difficult time forgiving the guy for playing the “subhuman mongrel” card.

But Ted, I’m one mongrel who’s gonna try my best to forgive you.

David Swerdlick is an associate editor at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.