Musician Ted Nugent has responded defiantly to criticisms of his calls for the execution of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, which were renewed in the wake of Kathy Griffin's beheaded Donald Trump photo.
The 'Jailbait' singer says he stands by his 2016 comments that both Clinton and Obama be "tried for treason & hung", after commentators compared them to the recent controversial images that saw Griffin lose a high-profile CNN role this week.
Nugent, who was recently welcomed into the White House by President Donald Trump himself, hit back at the comparisons on US radio station WBAP.
"I recommended that Hillary Clinton be charged, arrested, tried, and hung. What she did as secretary of state was certainly treasonous and I stand by that," Nugent told radio show host Ben Ferguson.
"What Kathy Griffin did was downright vulgar, obscene, and a genuine variation of a death threat. I've never threatened anybody.
"To compare what I said... we're talking apples and grenades here."
Nugent has a history of making controversial statements, including calling then-President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and a "piece of shit" who should "suck on my machine gun".
He also frequently attacked then-Secretary of State Clinton with misogynistic slurs and even posted a mock video of her being graphically murdered by Bernie Sanders.