Below are rough notes from my FNC colleague Russell Cosby (as an aside, I think Ted Nugent should apologize to the President. He can have deep differences with the President and make those known very forcefully without going ‘nuclear’ in his comments. There is a margin for name calling – and I think this was way over the line.)
“I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself,” he said in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, who’s also a CNN political commentator.
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott, the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee this year, came under heavy criticism from Democrats this week for campaigning with Nugent, who’s known for making outlandish comments about the President.
Nugent said he apologizes “for using the streetfighter terminology of ‘subhuman mongrel’ instead of just using more understandable language, such as ‘violator of his oath to the Constitution’.”
In his apology, Nugent appeared to regret more the fact that his language has been tied to Republican politicians from his state, such as Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Ted Cruz.
“I apologize for using the term,” he said. “I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I’m learning from in the world of politics.”
Later on in the interview–after some people on Twitter argued Nugent’s comments weren’t a real apology–Ferguson asked Nugent if he was directly apologizing to the President for the comments.
“Yes,” Nugent replied.