Ted Nugent Promises to Stop 'Hateful Rhetoric' After Alexandria Shooting (Audio)

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"At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me I just can't use those harsh terms", he admitted. The Motor City Mad Man said he's going to "back down" and when things get hateful, he will go away. We have got to be respectful to the other side.

His mea culpa and pledge came after some lawmakers blamed hateful political remarks for fueling rifle-toting maniac James Hodgkinson's attack on the GOP congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Virginia, which critically injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

As cohost Eboni Williams noted, Nugent has a history of making crass, outlandish, and threatening statements about Democratic leaders like Barack Obama, whom he once invited to "suck on my machine gun", and Hillary Clinton, whom he has said should be hanged for treason. And while we might point out that Nugent didn't feel similarly moved to "civility" by the Sandy Hook shootings, the Pulse nightclub shootings, or any of the hundreds of other mass shootings America has faced over the last several years, in the game of "Ted Nugent Shutting The Fuck Up For Once", you take the wins that you can get.

Nugent said his wife was instrumental in his decision to tone his Detroit-bred "street fighter" language down a bit.

He added that going further, "I will avoid anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence".

"I'm going to take a deep breath", Nugent added toward the end of his interview.

"I'm not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore", he said. Nugent also called Hillary Clinton a "worthless b--h" in 2007.

Many found the image disrespectful, but it could have been worse: Nugent told The New York Times someone in the group suggested they pose with the middle finger extended.

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