Ted Nugent’s anti-Semitic rant prompts calls for his ouster from NRA board

Louis Weisberg, Staff writer

In the wake of an anti-Semitic rant on social media, shock rocker Ted Nugent faces calls for his ouster from the National Rifle Association’s board of directors.

The notorious hate monger posted pictures of 12 American Jewish leaders on social media along with the charge that they are the men and women “really behind gun control.”

The Israeli flag appears over or next to each of the faces in a meme used in white supremacist circles, according to the Anti-Defamation League. ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt said Nugent’s comments were “nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Nugent’s post revived the popularity of the meme, drawing praise from anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi groups.

Among the Jewish leaders singled out were Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., “Jew York City Mayor Mikey Bloomberg,” former senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Nugent branded them as “punks” who would “deny us the basic human right to self defense and to keep and bear arms while many of them have paid hired armed security.

Nugent also posted a photo of Nazis rounding up Jews during the Holocaust and described gun-control advocates as “soulless sheep to slaughter.”

The NRA’s response was to issue a message saying that individual board members do not speak for the group as a whole.

Nugent’s social media outrage was merely the latest in a long series of outlandish behavior.

In June 2014, the town of Longview, Texas, paid far-right Nugent $16,000 — half of his performance fee — not to appear at the town’s Fourth of July Festival. The cancellation followed Nugent’s description of President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.”

The cancellation followed Nugent’s January description of President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.”

Nor is Nugent the only fringe-right figure tied to the NRA. One of the group’s most ardent supporters is right-wing Web radio host Pete Santilli, who once told listeners he wants “to shoot (Hillary Clinton) in the vagina and I don’t want her to die right away. I want her to feel the pain.”