Allen West says Ted Nugent was ‘just expressing his opinion’ with beheading comment

Florida Representative Allen West appeared on CNN this morning and discussed Ted Nugent’s comments yesterday that seemed to imply he wanted to personally kill and possibly behead the president.

West’s take on the whole thing? “He was just expressing his opinion.”

Specifically, Soledad O’Brien asked him, “Do you think he was threatening violence in any way, shape or form? What do you think he was saying?” To which West replied, “I think he was just expressing maybe his opinion about something, and of course everyone wants to sensationalize things, but let’s leave it up to the Secret Service to interview him and get to the bottom of it.”

In case you missed it, here was the quote from Nugent everyone worked so hard to sensationalize:

If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.
We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?

The craziest part of Nugent’s statement—the part about beheading—is probably the one most easily chalked up to metaphor: He wants to behead them in the election. Maybe West can relate—he’s got some experience with ill-chosen metaphors, like the time he called the Democratic party a “21st century plantation” and Obama one of the “overseers of the people on that plantation.”

But saying the actions you will take as a response to the president getting elected will either get you killed or land you in jail is pretty hard to wave off as a metaphor. It’s pretty extreme. But then again, we are talking about a guy who used to ride a live buffalo on stage as part of his show.