On the January 8 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage called Sen. Barbara Boxer* (D-CA) a "weasel," a "harridan," and a "lying little witch." Savage also asked of Boxer: "How many different Botox treatments do you have to get till you realize that nobody believes you?" He then suggested that the reported "stink in New York" happened because "Boxer and her family had visited New York and opened up the bedroom door."*
As Media Matters for America has documented, Savage previously claimed that the Senate has become "more vicious and more histrionic than ever, specifically because women have been injected into" it. In 2003, Savage was fired by MSNBC for telling a gay caller to "get AIDS and die."
Talk Radio Network, which syndicates Savage's show, says that Savage is heard on more than 350 radio stations. The Savage Nation reaches more than 8 million listeners each week, according to Talkers Magazine, making it the third most-listened-to talk radio show in the nation, behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show.
From the January 8 edition of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:
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BOXER: I'd like to cut taxes for the middle class. I'd like to cut taxes for the families who are struggling with the kids with college tuition and the rest. But I certainly don't think that we should extend tax cuts to people earning over millions of dollars. It's ridiculous. They don't want it, they don't need it. We have deficit --
[end audio clip]
SAVAGE: Wait, wait, wait. You mean like yourself?
Who are you fooling? Just who do you think you're fooling, you little weasel, you. You harridan, you. Who do you think you're fooling with your new hairdo and your lipstick going up to your nose? How many different Botox treatments do you have to get till you realize that nobody believes you, that you're just part of the Democrat [sic] machine, that's the only reason you're in power? No one believes you in the whole world. You lying little witch, you.
Who does she think she's fooling? I can't take it anymore. You talk about the stink in New York. I thought maybe Barbara Boxer and her family had visited New York and opened up the bedroom door. That's how I feel about them.
*Correction: The original version of this item attributed an audio to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] when the clip is of Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA]. Media Matters for America claimed Michael Savage called Pelosi a "harridan", a "weasel" and a "witch". Additionally, Media Matters asserted that Savage asked Pelosi: "How many different Botox treatments do you have to get till you realize nobody believes you?" In actuality, both the ad hominem attacks and the question were directed at Boxer. Media Matters regrets the error.