Controversial rock musician Ted Nugent has defended himself and President Trump against charges of bigotry, calling anyone who cites long histories of hateful remarks and policies a liar.
Nugent appeared recently on The Laura Ingraham Podcast and called it a lie to say that Trump hates LGBTQ individuals.
“Where does the lie start that this president is a racist or a bigot or he doesn’t like gays or lesbians? Where does this come from?” Nugent said, according to Metalhead Zone. “I know President Trump.”
Nugent also defended himself against longtime accusations of prejudice: “People say I’m a racist. I’m anything but a racist. People who call me a racist are the racists.”
The comments made news as the House condemned remarks made the Trump this week telling four U.S. representatives who are women of color to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
As for attacks on gays and lesbians in particular, the Trump administration since 2016 has taken a variety of actions specifically stripping rights from LGBTQ individuals and standing in the path of equality. That includes moves to bar transgender individuals from serving in the military.
As for Nugent, his own comments in the interview revealed attitudes short of tolerance.
“If you’re gay or lesbian or you’re confused about your gender, I don’t know anybody who cares,” he said.
“We want you to be happy; we want you to be able to make your own choices in life. But where does this lie that this tidal wave of bigotry and hate comes from the right?”
But Nugent has taken stances against allowing transgender people to use the bathroom correlating to their gender identity.
He also has said in a 2011 Piers Morgan interview he’s “repulsed” by “man-on-man sex” and said it was “against nature.”