During a running commentary about the Democratic National Convention, syndicated radio host Michael Savage called convention speaker and Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt "the president of planned deathhood action fund" and compared her to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, an epithet he and other conservatives have used in the past.
During the same broadcast, Savage opined: "[P]eople on welfare ... people with less than 100 IQ should not have the right to vote." He claimed that while "illegal aliens" shouldn't have the right to vote, "they do."*
From the July 26 broadcast of Savage Nation:
Savage on Feldt and Planned Parenthood: Gloria Feldt is the head of the planned deathhood action fund, they kill babies. We're the baby killer people. That's what they ... their logo should be "we kill babies." We eat babies for breakfast. Gloria Feldt ... I haven't seen anyone as vicious as her since Goebbels.
Savage on who can and should vote: [P]eople on welfare should not have the right to vote while they're on welfare. Period. End of story. People with less than 100 IQ should not have the right to vote ... I'll go down the list of people who should not have the right to vote. Let's start with illegal aliens. Should they have the right to vote? Course they shouldn't, but they do. They're being courted by the Democrats as we speak.
Articles I and II of the U.S. Constitution vest in states the authority to determine federal election procedures. While there have been isolated reports of non-citizens and even undocumented immigrants voting, in no state is it legal for non-citizens to vote in federal elections. In 1928, as The New York Times noted on April 8, 2004, "voting at every level had been restricted to United States citizens." The Times went on to note recently passed legislation in a handful of municipalities that allow noncitizens to vote in local elections:*
By 1928, voting at every level had been restricted to United States citizens. That remained true until 1992, when the town of Takoma Park, Md., passed a measure allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections. Since then, four other towns in Maryland have followed suit. Two communities in Massachusetts, Cambridge and Amherst, have passed similar measures, but have been blocked from implementing them by the absence of enabling state legislation.
Correction: The original text of this item read that Savage "falsely claimed that 'illegal aliens' have the right to vote," adding: "Contrary to Savage's assertion, the U.S. Constitution grants voting rights only to American citizens." In fact, as noted above, the U.S. Constitution does not provide a right to vote, though it does prohibit discrimination on certain bases. We regret the error.