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Ted Nugent slammed for anti-Semitic Facebook post

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Rocker Ted Nugent is stirring up controversy after he posted what some are calling an anti-Semitic message on his Facebook page this week.

In a post Monday, Michigan native Nugent criticized 12 prominent Jewish-Americans, including former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, saying they are responsible for gun control in the United States.

“Know these punks,” Nugent wrote. “They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!”

Nugent’s post included a graphic with thumbnail photos showing Levin and 11 others. Among them were New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was labeled “Jew York City mayor” and a “nanny state trouble maker and 9/11 Israeli agent.”

Also shown in the graphic were photos of Sen. Dianne Feinstein from California; Sen. Chuck Schumer from New York; Sen. Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel; Sen. Barbara Boxer from California; Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut; Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz; businessman John Rosenthal; Max Nacheman, former executive director of CeaseFirePA; and Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Each thumbnail included an Israeli flag.

As of Thursday afternoon, the post had more than 5,500 shares and more than 7,700 likes.

In response, the Anti-Defamation League in New York this week said it condemned Nugent’s post and demanded he remove it.

The group said Nugent apparently did not create the graphic, which has appeared in the past on anti-Semitic websites.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, addressed the post in a statement this week.

“Ted Nugent has a long history of being an equal opportunity offender,” he wrote. “But his latest share on Facebook, making the outrageous suggestion that Jews are behind gun control, is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism. Regardless of one’s views on gun control, this kind of scapegoating of an entire religious group is completely unacceptable and completely divorced from reality.”

“It should go without saying that anti-Semitism has no place in the gun control debate,” Greenblatt continued. “Nugent should be ashamed for promoting anti-Semitic content, and we hope that good people on both sides of the gun control debate will reject his tactics and his message. We hope that Nugent will have the good sense to remove this share immediately so that it does not spread virally across the internet.”

Nugent found some support for his post among nearly 5,000 comments.

“TED!!! Expose them everywhere they are,” said poster David Pringle. “Be strong. We support you. Do it for the Second Amendment, Do it for your people. The Controlled Media will attack you, don’t let them force you to release your strangle hold on truth!!!”

Others said Nugent has gone too far.

“Yes I have been a fan forever,” said poster John Fisher. “This goes too far. I am a gun owning conservative voting Jew. Gun control is not a Jewish program. This post is so very wrong.”

Nugent defended his comments.

“Just when you hope that mankind couldnt possibly get any dumber or more dishonest, superFreaks rise to the occasion,” he wrote in another post. “What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise?”

He later wrote that he doesn’t hate Jewish people, but he hates “the enemies of freedom, all gungrabbers.”

This is isn’t the first time the ADL has taken issue with Nugent’s views. In January 2014, the organization said he spoke out after Nugent made public remarks “comparing film producer Harvey Weinstein to Hitler’s chief propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, charging that Weinstein was out to ‘destroy the NRA.’”

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