Ted Nugent sure knows how to stir controversy.
The rock star turned provocateur has never shied away from controversy, from singing about having sex with underage girls in "Jailbait" to calling people names.
In case you missed it, Nugent's most recent rant raised all kinds of red flags when he called President Barack Obama "a subhuman mongrel."
But even as the self-proclaimed "Motor City Madman" was called mad by critics, Nugent didn't appear to lose any support among fans or politicians.
Some say Nugent amplifies Americans' anger at Washington. But is he the voice of America? The torchbearer for the disaffected?
"There are reasons ... people listen to him," Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite, said.
'Dead or jailed'
It isn't like Nugent is ever short of anything critical to say about anyone with whom he disagrees. He has called Hillary Clinton a "worthless b****" and Obama a gangster. Nugent's extreme speech has made a lot of eyes roll. And media outlets, including CNN, have been criticized for giving him a microphone.
Two years ago, his comments at an NRA convention that he would be "dead or jailed" if Obama were re-elected earned him a visit from the Secret Service.
But this time, critics said Nugent's statements went an insult too far.
For the record, here's what he said in an interview with Guns.com: "I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever-vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America."
Almost immediately, critics condemned his comments, calling for Nugent to apologize and for public figures to distance themselves from him.
Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott came under fire for campaigning with Nugent. Abbott's likely Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, called Nugent's remarks -- and Abbott's appearance with him -- an "insult" to Texans.
Abbott told CNN on Thursday there were no plans to campaign again with Nugent, but he did not rule it out completely.
And Cruz, who told CNN he didn't agree with the rocker's comments, left the door open for a possible future Nugent cameo for him.
Republican strategist and former Romney adviser Kevin Madden said politicians "assume this star power will help them identify with voters and help them get some headlines they might not get if it was just another boring political rally or public event."
That star power is built in large part on Nugent's music career, which peaked in the late 1970s when his signature single "Cat Scratch Fever" cracked the Top 40 and he was selling out arena-sized venues. The self-proclaimed "Motor City Madman" released his greatest hits album in 1981 but that was followed by dwindling record sales.
He served as a county sheriff in his native Michigan and became an advocate for gun rights, hunters and conservation.
On an appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman" in the 1980s, the rocker spouted statistics about gun ownership and crime and the motivations of an "anti-gun cause."
"During the fall... I don't rock and roll, I like to harvest my own food," Nugent added.
He emerged on the national political scene with the rise of the tea party in 2010. His politically incorrect comments on the music scene, once telling VH1 he had affairs with underaged girls, transferred to the political stage, where he became an outspoken opponent of Obama and the Democratic Party.
The risks include the increased chance for negative headlines that could turn off a more mainstream audience. On the other hand, an appearance with Nugent might increase the candidate's appeal to the rocker's active supporters.
Take for example the rocker's appearance with Abbott at campaign events. The Times Record reported that attendance at Abbott's event in Wichita Falls in northern Texas near the Oklahoma border "increased significantly" with Nugent's appearance.