POLITICO | Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, rocker Ted Nugent arrived on Capitol Hill for the State of the Union speech and promised to keep quiet. And he kept his promise, sitting silently in a corner of the visitors’ gallery above the House floor. Nugent — a gun advocate and guest of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) — was so quiet, in fact, he didn’t even applaud once during the entire speech.
“He’s a masterful speaker, but in the past he’s proven he doesn’t mean what he says,” said Nugent of President Barack Obama. “It’s all flowers and very attractive and scripted emotion.”
The galleries were filled with guests of elected House members, including more than two dozen people affected by gun violence that were invited by Democratic lawmakers. But Nugent said the people who sat with him during the speech were those who “lived by the same logic as the Nugent family.”
“People of the military, people of law enforcement, small business owners — everyone was in agreement with Uncle Ted,” he said.