Ted Nugent: ‘I’m Not Going to Engage in Hateful Rhetoric Anymore’

“We have got to be civil to each other.”

The division in America has gotten so bad that even rocker Ted Nugent, known for a colorful pro-freedom vocabulary, has reconsidered the impact his words have on other people.

In a radio interview with Eboni Williams, Nugent said, “I think we’ve reached critical mass… I have reevaluated my approach even though I’m a street fighter. I’m from Detroit… We use certain harsh terms.”

“But at the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me that I just can't use those harsh terms," Nugent added. "I cannot and I will not."

In the past, Nugent has been criticized for telling President Obama and Hillary Clinton to “suck on” his machine gun while on stage during a show. He was also contacted by the Secret Service after saying he would be “in jail or dead” if Obama was reelected. Liberals took that to mean he was going to kill the president. However, Nugent says its just how he gets when he’s onstage.

But after the attack on Republican congressmen in Virginia by a man steeped in political rhetoric from the Left, Nugent believes there are too many crazies out there who take words too literally and he wants no part of that.

“I will avoid anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence,” Nugent said.

“I’m going to take a deep breath, and I’m going to back it down, and if it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I’m going away,” he promised. “I’m not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore.”

“And I even encourage my friend-slash-enemy on the Left, in the Democrat and liberal world, that we have got to be civil to each other, that the whole world is watching America, where you have the God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and we have got to be more respectful to the other side."

While he vows to tone it down, Nugent said he’s not going to back down or stop preaching freedom, liberty, and gun ownership. But he has a new “battle cry for America: zero violence.”

But if the comments from leftists on social media about Nugent's change of heart are any indication, they're not ready to make nice.

Nugent explains further on a recent Facebook Live video:

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