Ted Nugent has railed against large social-media companies that block users from their platforms.
The outspoken conservative rocker is an ardent supporter of former U.S. president Donald Trump who was famously suspended from his social accounts in January 2021 over public safety concerns in the wake of the Capitol riot.
During his YouTube livestream on Thursday (January 20), Nugent once again upped his unsubstantiated accusations that tech companies are censoring his speech as Facebook and other tech companies have attempted to limit coronavirus vaccine misinformation.
“Boy, does Big Tech crush the First Amendment, like some kind of devil grease gangbangers,” Nugent said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
“Hey, Big Tech fact checkers, you’re lying scum. And they all have to put up a COVID alert misinformation. No, no, no — everything from Big Tech and the media and the government, that’s the misinformation.
“When I share [information from physician group] Frontline Doctors and epidemiologists and virologists, experts, lifetime dedicated, professional healthcare specialists, doctors and scientists, when I express their findings, that’s not misinformation; that’s pertinent information,” he continued.
“Big Tech, the media and the government, academia and Hollywood, when they identify stuff coming out of me — ’cause I don’t have any medical or science hunches; I’m cocky but I’m not that stupid. So I go to the professional healthcare, dedicated Frontline Doctors, and I share truth, logic and medical common sense. And when they identify it as misinformation, that’s the misinformation. Okay? So let’s be forewarned.”
Addressing the fact that he is still able to share his views on most of the major social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even YouTube, Ted said: “I can’t believe they haven’t kicked me off yet. Twitter has kicked off Shemane [Nugent, Ted‘s wife]. She’s like Mother Teresa, Joan Of Arc. She’s the greatest, sweetest, harmless woman that ever walked the earth, and she’s kicked off Twitter because she said something positive about Donald Trump — inconsequential; just a compliment.
“By the way, you know the First Amendment? That was not given to us by the government,” Ted added. “That didn’t start when they wrote it in the Constitution. Tell me you know that when they wrote down self-evident truth in the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights that those rights and those freedoms didn’t begin there; they already existed. We didn’t need a man to put it to paper. We got ’em from God, from the Creator. We were born with all those freedoms, all those self-evident-truth rights. We just wrote it in the documents in case we experience some prick like King George — Joe Biden — who’s gonna try to play tyrannical emperor kingpunk. We just want it on paper just to reference those punks that would try to pry it from our soul. But we know we have it when we’re born, whether it’s on paper or not.”
Last May, Nugent said that he beat COVID-19 by following “intelligent, professionally guided care from the Frontline Doctors,” referring to the aforementioned group of doctors who made a video in July 2020 calling for the use of hydroxychloroquine to battle the novel coronavirus, despite warnings from public health experts.
In the above-mentioned video, a group of people wearing white lab coats calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” staged a press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. and made a number of dubious claims, including that “you don’t need masks” to prevent spread of the coronavirus, and that studies showing hydroxychloroquine is ineffective for the treatment of COVID-19 are “fake science” sponsored by “fake pharma companies.” According to Politifact, many of the doctors’ claims contradicted recommendations from public health organizations and experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci. The video quickly went viral on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube before it was taken down for promoting misinformation.
Last month, Nugent told the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 that he beat COVID-19 by “listen[ing] to what the government told me to do and [doing] just the opposite. And whatever the government told me not to do, that’s exactly what I did do, and I was cured in about two days.”
Nugent, an outspoken conspiracy theorist who has refused to take the vaccine, also once again falsely claimed that public health measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic violate the Nuremberg code, a set of medical experimentation guidelines set after World War Two, as the vaccine is experimental.
In April, Nugent talked about the darkest days of his battle with COVID-19, saying that he had “never been so scared” in his entire life. The 73-year-old pro-gun activist, who had previously claimed the virus was “not a real pandemic,” said: “It was really scary. I didn’t think I was gonna make it. I literally couldn’t function for about 20 hours, and then they came and they rescued me… The six-foot-two, 225-pound headache [this time] was like nothing I have ever experienced. I mean, from my tip of my toes to the top of my hair, I literally was dizzy and weak and struggled to get up to go to the bathroom. And I would lay in the bathtub a couple of times a day with the water as hot as I could take it just to divert.”
In the past, Nugent had referred to the virus as a “leftist scam to destroy” Trump. He had also repeated a narrative pushed by conservative media and disputed by health experts that suggests the official death count from the coronavirus is inflated.