Musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent, who threatened President Obama's life, will attend Tuesday's State of the Union as a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said on his congressional website Monday.
Nugent drew Secret Service attention following remarks last April at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention, saying, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
In the same speech, he called the Obama administration “vile, evil” and “America-hating.”
“Our president, attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton — they’re criminals, they’re criminals,” Nugent said. "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”
Nugent has responded to the criticism of his State of the Union invite on Twitter, saying: "Well well well, there will be a freedom addicted all American uppity Motown guitarplayer facing the POTUS at the SOTU addresss tomoro-lovely."
Stockman also has no love for President Obama or his policies. In January, he threatened to file articles of impeachment against Obama if the President moved to change gun regulations through an executive order.
“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said.
In contrast to Stockman's decision to invite a vitriolic and divisive figure like Nugent, about 30 House Democrats will bring individuals who have been affected by tragic gun violence as guests to the State of the Union.