Ted Nugent, State of the Union

Musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent attends U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) invited Nugent as his guest for the President’s speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Right-wing musician Ted Nugent has become notorious from making incendiary and often racially insensitive remarks about the president.

But a recent rant in which he referred to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel” has drawn condemnation from some of Nugent‘s traditional conservative allies.

Texas governor Rick Perry said, “I got a problem calling the president a mongrel. I do have a problem with that. That is an inappropriate thing to say.”

However, a Republican running to replace him, Greg Abbott, has remained a steadfast Nugent supporter, refusing to distance himself from the controversial performer, who has campaigned alongside him.

Nugent has since weighed in over the backlash to his “mongrel” insult, saying that he apologizes but “not necessarily to the president.”

He claimed that he used the phrase because he was spreaking “street fighter terminology,” and promised to “elevate his vernacular” in the future.

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