Neither Ted Nugent nor Bill Maher are strangers to controversy. Both have a collection of “greatest hits” of statements that have offended both their many detractors and won the admiration of many fans.
But who’s the worst offender when it comes to offensive comments – Nugent or Maher? That depends on your perspective … but here’s a brief look at some of their more infamous moments:
1) Nugent attracts Secret Service attention at last weekend’s NRA conference in St. Louis, saying President Obama is “vile” and “evil,” the members of the Supreme Court “don’t believe in the Constitution” and voters should “ride into that battlefield and chop [Democrat’s] heads off in November. “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” he said.
2) In 2008, Nugent recently went on a onstage rant on then-Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, “Obama, he’s a piece of s–t. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary,” he continued. “You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b–h.” Nugent summed up his speech by screaming “freedom!”
3) Wanted to shoot a Hare Krishna “in the spine”: While guest hosting on WRIF radio in Detroit in 1990, Nugent said in regard to a Hare Krishna who crossed paths with him, “And in my mind, I’m going, why can’t I just shoot this guy in the spine right now; shoot him in the spine, explain the facts of life to him?”
4) Compared Muslims to Dalmatian dogs: In an extended analogy in a Washington Times op-ed from May 2010, he wrote:
Further complicating the life-and-death need to get these dangerous animals off the streets was the official directive by the czar of animal control, that, in an effort not to offend or hurt the feelings of any innocent Dalmatians, no officer can single out or “profile” any dogs based solely on the graphic makeup of their coats. In many instances, officers have passed up opportunities to capture and neutralize Dalmatians while they looked into reports of collies and Irish setters said to be running free in the neighborhood.
Here’s how the Motor City guitar player would have, and in the past has, handled such situations:
First rule from my hometown of Detroit – you don’t bring a net to a dogfight. You bring a silenced .22 Magnum scoped rifle and take out the dangerous animal with a head shot at the very first opportunity.
1) Maher has repeatedly called Sarah Palin a “dumb t–t” and “dumb b–ch’ among among things. He has said similar things about Rep. Michele Bachmann.
2) Maher got himself into trouble last Friday when, on his HBO show “Real Time,” he ratcheted up a comment made earlier in the week by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen. Rosen had said Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life,” and later apologized under pressure from top Democrats. Maher, though, took Rosen’s comments a step further.
“What she meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her ass out of the house to work,” Maher said.
3) Maher is an unapologetic atheist who routinely mocks religion: “At least half of the [Ten] Commandments are stupid!” may be the kindest thing he’s said about anything religious.
4) On ‘Real Time’ in 2011, he stated that upon Lara Logan’s return to the U.S. after her sexual assault in Egypt, America that would send ‘View’ co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck in her place. Hasselbeck got her revenge, though …