Rocker Ted Nugent has doubled down on a Facebook rant against gun control in the wake of criticism from Jewish leaders and being called a “wacko” by the New York Daily News, which accused him of being anti-Semitic.
The firestorm began early Monday when Nugent posted a graphic to his Facebook page that included images of 12 Jewish leaders, all labeled with Israeli flags, beneath a headline that read “So who is really behind gun control?”
Those pictured included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, all labeled in a derogatory manner, such as “Jew York City Mayor Mikey Bloomberg” and “Sen. Chucky boy Schumer.” Emanuel’s text reads: “Served in Israel’s army during Gulf war.” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and Democratic California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are also depicted.
Along with the graphic, which Jewish groups said had been used in the past by anti-Jewish groups, Nugent added his own message.
“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!” he wrote.
Jewish groups responded to Nugent’s attack, calling for the post to come down.
“Ted Nugent has a long history of being an equal opportunity offender. But his latest share on Facebook, making the outrageous suggestion that Jews are behind gun control, is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism,” said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, who urged Nugent to take the down the post.
“Ted Nugent has every right to advocate against gun control laws. However he won’t be getting a free pass for his anti-Semitic bigotry,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. “There are Jews on both sides of the gun control controversy and Nugent knows it. He owes our community an apology. He can start by removing the offensive graphic and if he won’t we urge Facebook to do it for him.”
Nugent was not retreating.
“Just when you hope that mankind couldnt possibly get any dumber or more dishonest, superFreaks rise to the occasion,” he posted late Monday night. “What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise? “NEVER AGAIN!” Anyone? Anyone??”
“The founder of Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership called me his 2nd Amendment/Freedom hero. The NEVER AGAIN battlecry was universally embraced by all good people who will make sure another Holocaust never happens again. Freaks have plummeted to whole new low. Plummet on punks. Plummet on. Meanwhile I adjust my yamika at my barmitzva playing my kosher guitar. My dad killed nazis & saved Jews in WWII. Eat me,” Nugent wrote.