National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent, who will deliver a speech at the NRA's annual meeting this month, shared a fake video that depicts Hillary Clinton being graphically murdered by Bernie Sanders with a handgun during a presidential debate. In a May 10 post on his Facebook page, Nugent shared a video with the descriptions "Bernie Sanders destroys Hillary Clinton in debate on Vermont gun laws" and "Bernie Sanders absolutely killed Hillary over this issue."
About four years ago at this time, Ted Nugent, a musician, reality-show personality, and National Rifle Association board member, was doing his best to help Mitt Romney get elected. Appearing at the NRA's national convention, Nugent said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.... We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?"
He went on to say, "It isn't the enemy that ruined America. It's good people who bent over and let the enemy in. If the coyote's in your living room pissing on your couch, it's not the coyote's fault. It's your fault for not shooting him."
The comments, not surprisingly, generated a Secret Service investigation.
Four years later, Nugent has a new target, but he appears to have learned very little. Media Matters noted this week:
The video takes footage from a recent debate between Clinton and Sanders, but it's manipulated to show Sanders shooting Clinton in the chest -- complete with an animated blood spurt.
Just to be clear, Nugent does not appear to have created the video, but he helped disseminate it through social media, and he endorsed it with his own poorly written message: "I got your guncontrol right here bitch!"
All of this comes nearly nine years after Nugent, commenting on Clinton's first presidential campaign, delivered an on-stage rant in which he pointed to his gun and said, "Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch."
I can appreciate why it's tempting to ignore Nugent's nonsense. As entertainers in the public eye go, we're talking about a guy who hasn't had a hit single since the Carter administration, so it's safe to say his cultural relevance has faded into obscurity.
Nugent is, however, a board member of the NRA -- a group Senate Republicans believe should have veto power over Supreme Court nominees -- and he remains a prominent partisan activist in right-wing circles. Indeed, let's not forget that in 2012, Mitt Romney actively sought, and eventually earned, Nugent's personal endorsement after a private discussion between the two men.
This year, Nugent is a high-profile Trump supporter -- who also happens to be promoting videos in which Hillary Clinton is killed.
At least the Secret Service knows how to reach him if agents have any questions.