STURTEVANT — With a giant “Don’t tread on me” flag hanging from the ceiling and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson standing nearby, Rocker Ted Nugent told a cheering crowd: We need to clean house in Washington.
“We are on the fast track towards the end of the American dream with this corrupt, power-abusing, criminal regime in the White House right now. These are bad people,” Nugent said at a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Thompson Thursday afternoon at Fountain Banquet Hall, 8505 Durand Ave.
Later Thursday Nugent performed for about 5,500 people at a concert at the Racine County Fair, according to fair organizers. Nugent told the crowd of about 150 to 200 that he’s very busy, but he made time to be there when he heard about the opportunity to support Thompson, who Nugent said stands for the U.S. Constitution, will represent Wisconsin, and knows what the right to bear arms means.
Earlier this spring Nugent was in the news after comments he made saying he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Barack Obama is re-elected.
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During the rally, Nugent joked that he was very politically engaged and that there were Secret Service agents in back just to prove that, which was met with laughter.
During his speech, Nugent also called the president “a Chicago gangster.”
But Thompson told the press after the approximately 30-minute rally that he doesn’t think the president is a gangster.
“I think in the heat of emotion some rhetoric is said that can be explosive,” Thompson said.
During the rally Thompson and Nugent stressed the need to provide a better America for future generations, and Thompson also told the audience that despite his age, he is ready to serve again.
He is 70 years old, Thompson said.
“I still do 100 pushups a day, I still walked in four parades on July the Fourth,” Thompson said. His younger crew didn’t walk in all of the parades he said, but he did. “I’m tougher than they are,” he said, which was met with laughter and whistles from the crowd.
“People ask me why I want to go back. I have a love for this country just like every single one of you and just like Ted Nugent is going to talk about in a few minutes,” Thompson said before introducing Nugent.
“I have three children and eight grandchildren. I’m running for them and for you … Our children and grandchildren do not deserve to pay for our bills because we didn’t have enough guts to stand up and say no.”
Later when Nugent got on stage, he said the group was a good gathering, but it wasn’t enough.
Everyone in the crowd needed to find 100 people each, he said, and get them to support Thompson in the Aug. 14 U.S. Senate primary.
“We need to kick it up a notch,” Nugent said. Apathy almost destroyed Wisconsin and he said, “Apathy did destroy Illinois.”