Veteran suicide is a result of many different factors, skewing heavily towards mental illnesses like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s not one single factor anymore than it’s one single individual; everyone has their own reason.
Unless, of course, you live in the world of Ted Nugent. In this world, veterans don’t commit suicide because of things like mental illnesses — no, they kill themselves because Obama is president.
Remember, folks: Jackboot-lickers like Nugent martyr soldier corpses, not soldier corps.
Nugent made the remarks while speaking at the Lincoln Day Dinner, sponsored by the Maricopa County Republican Party. He was invited to speak at last weekend’s conference so he could introduce the head of America’s Little League Fascists, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
While giving the speech, Nugent elucidated the reason behind veteran suicide — President Obama: “Here’s your job, Republican Party. Twenty to 25 of those guys kill themselves every day, and they haven’t told you why and they haven’t told anybody else why but they told me why: because the commander-in-chief is the enemy.”
It’s got nothing to do with being trapped inside of a war machine with no end in sight, or coming home to a society run by Republicans that’s trying to screw them over every time they turn around. No, the problem is the black guy in office.
Besides, I’m sure Il Capitano here knows all about combat and military service, right?
Nugent can pretend to care about soldiers all he wants, and don his banal vaudeville kampfgeist in their defense, but we all know the truth: he already gave his shit, and it was to avoid serving with them.
Listen to his remarks below: