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  • Michael Savage Says He Spent “Over An Hour Alone” With Trump And Urged Him To Continue Denying Human-Caused Climate Change

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Radio host Michael Savage claims he recently sat with President Donald Trump for “over an hour” and advised the president to continue falsely claiming that climate change “has nothing to do with mankind.” According to Savage, the president credited him with helping swing the election and encouraged him to keep broadcasting for “another 25 years.” Savage has used his radio program to attack people with autism, PTSD, and depression, and has advocated for killing “100 million” Muslims.

    Savage spent his February 22 radio program recounting his February 18 visit with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. He began by stating that he “sat with the president for well over an hour, alone. ... We had dessert together.” Savage said he talked with Trump about a variety of topics, including climate science:

    MICHAEL SAVAGE: I said, "Let me tell you the story about global warming, President Trump, it’s real simple. There have been at least five ice ages on this earth that we know of in recorded history. Five ice ages came and went long before there was industrialization. It has nothing to do with mankind." Big smile. Big smile. It’s simple. It’s simple. I don’t need mathematical formulae. If you went to the fifth grade you could understand that.

    While the ice ages Savage referenced -- as well as historical warm periods -- did occur due to natural causes, Skeptical Science and others have debunked the ice ages argument and explained that today’s climate change can be explained only by human activity. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists have concluded that human activities are the primary cause of climate change.

    Trump has repeatedly pushed junk science when it comes to climate change, calling it “a total, and very expensive, hoax!

    Savage has no credibility to talk about science. He’s called autism "a fraud, a racket," said people with PTSD and depression are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, and theorized that liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles.

    He has also pushed numerous conspiracy theories and has advocated killing “100 million” Muslims. The radio host once worked for MSNBC but was fired when he told a critical caller to "get AIDS and die.”

    Savage later claimed during his program that Trump told him “we need this guy for another 25 years” and “without you I wouldn’t be president.”

    He also said that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus came up to him and said, “Savage Nation, Michael Savage, love your show! … Love you, love your show!” Priebus reportedly added: “You’re not like the others. … You’re an edgy guy. … I’ve listened to you since I’m a kid.” He added that Priebus gave him his email address and cell phone number and said, “Text me anytime.”

    Savage wrote on Facebook today that he has a plan “to investigate the subversive groups destroying America” and “will ask the president to allow me to help create this investigation.”

    UPDATE: 

    Savage expanded on his evening with Trump in a March 12 interview with WND:

    As they prepared to leave, Savage, who has a science Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, told Trump he wanted to talk with him at some point in the future about “saving billions of dollars on fake science.”

    Trump asked: “What do you mean? Global warming?”

    Savage nodded.

    “Let me put it to you this way,” he recalled saying to Trump. “We’ve had five ice ages before industrialization. What do you think it was that caused the ice to melt?’

    Savage said Trump’s “face lit up in a huge smile. He got it.”

  • Trump Parties Over Presidents’ Day Weekend With Bigoted Conspiracy Theorist Who Called For Killing 100 Million Muslims

    Trump Attends Closed Event With Michael Savage And Newsmax CEO Who Criticized Reince Priebus For "Weakness"

    Blog ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    President Donald Trump spent time over the Presidents’ Day weekend in the company of right-wing media figures who have a history of pushing anti-Muslim bigotry and conspiracy theories.

    At a private event at his Florida property, Mar-a-Lago, on February 18, Trump met with Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy and radio host Michael Savage. Savage, whose wife Janet Weiner is a member of Mar-a-Lago, tweeted a photo of the get-together, writing, “PRES. TRUMP THANKS SAVAGE FOR VICTORY! W/ CHRIS RUDDY NEWSMAX! Mar-a-Lago.”

    Savage, a conspiracy theorist with an extensive history of bigotry, was an early backer of Trump’s campaign and said last February that he was “the architect of Trump’s messaging.” In 2006, Savage called for “kill[ing] 100 million” Muslims. Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, in March 2016, Savage asked Trump to consider “closing the radical mosques in America.” In December, Savage mocked Muslim-Americans worried about Trump’s election, suggested Muslim immigrants came here “to stab people in the street, jump the curb with a car and run them over,” and argued that if you “interpret” the Quran “literally, you'll wind up cutting everyone's throat, blowing things up, and killing children.” Savage was also a birther, like Trump, who said Obama’s birth certificate was not valid, and claimed that Obama was gearing up to “fight a war against white people” and that Obama was engaging in “genocide” against white people. He has demanded a “revolution” in response to multiculturalism.

    Savage regularly hosted Trump on his program throughout his campaign, and Trump has thanked him for being “amazing,” “really nice,” and “so loyal.” Last year after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, Trump went on Savage’s show and questioned whether Scalia had been murdered. Savage claimed that Scalia "was found dead under suspicious circumstances,” and Trump said that "they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow.”

    In 2008, Savage claimed that autism was “a fraud” because “in 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out.” Savage also has claimed that former President Barack Obama wanted “to infect the nation with Ebola,” attacked those with PTSD as “weak” and “narcissistic” “losers,” claimed lesbians are “jealous that they don't have an AIDS epidemic that they can cash in on,” and suggested that seltzer water and its “little bubbles of carbon dioxide” have driven liberals to “insanity.” More recently, Savage said in December that homeless people were “bums” and that the word “homeless” was “a construct of the radical left.” Trump has said that America would get “common sense” if Savage headed the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

    Ruddy, a longtime personal friend of Trump’s and the CEO of Newsmax, said in 2011 that Media Matters was “right” that Newsmax was an “early and enthusiastic promoter of Trump's presidential ambitions.” The website also repeatedly pushed the false claim that Obama’s birth certificate was not real. Ruddy himself said in 2009 that while there was “no evidence" Obama wasn't born in the United States, "there's some legitimate issues involving the birth certificate." Earlier this month, Ruddy criticized Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, saying there’s “a lot of weakness coming out of the chief of staff."

    Another radio host, Laura Ingraham, who also was in Florida with Trump, shared the same photo on Twitter of the Mar-a-Lago event as Savage. Ingraham, a staunch supporter of Trump and one of Trump’s initial considerations for press secretary, has a history of using xenophobic rhetoric, such as claiming that Mexicans “have come here to murder and rape our people,” suggesting that northern Virginia is “a problem” because of an “illegal immigrant population” and “mosques going up,” and saying that she doesn’t “think of Jewish people as minorities because they're so successful.” Earlier this month, she speculated about whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation, which came after he lied about discussing Russian sanctions with a Russian ambassador, was due to a “setup” by “neoconservatives.”

  • A Comprehensive Guide To The Right-Wing Media Conspiracy Theorists That Have Influenced Trump’s Campaign

    ››› ››› BOBBY LEWIS

    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump counts among his allies a stable of fringe right-wing conspiracy theorists who’ve made a name for themselves advancing conspiracy theories that include the myth that President Obama is a secret Kenyan Muslim, Lyndon Johnson assassinated John F. Kennedy, and the CIA is paying Beyonce to create mayhem. Trump’s conspiracy theorist allies also regularly wish violence upon political and media figures who they disagree with.

    Warning: This post contains graphic language and sexual content.

  • Conservatives Spark Attack On Latino Civil Rights Organization For Helping Hispanic Homeowners

    Right-Wing Media Falsely Claim That Settlement Payments From Institutions Responsible For The Financial Crisis Create “Liberal Slush Fund” For Progressive Groups

    ››› ››› CRAIG HARRINGTON

    Right-wing media have spent years attacking the Department of Justice’s handling of multi-billion dollar settlements from financial institutions partly responsible for the housing and financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. Conservative outlets falsely allege that the DOJ used settlement payments to create a “liberal slush fund” to disburse millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations like the nonpartisan National Council of La Raza (NCLR), even though these groups are certified housing counseling agencies.

  • Trump Ally Michael Savage: "Lewandowski Should Be Given A Medal" For Stopping "Narcissistic Maniac" Michelle Fields

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Radio host Michael Savage said Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski "should be given a medal by the U.S. government for protecting" Trump from "narcissistic maniac" reporter Michelle Fields, claiming she could have been a suicide bomber. Trump makes near-weekly appearances on Savage's program and has thanked the conservative host for his "amazing" support.

    On March 29, Lewandowski was charged with simple battery after an incident earlier this month in Florida with Fields that left her bruised. As The New York Times noted, "new security-camera images show Mr. Lewandowski reaching for and then grabbing Ms. Fields's arm, tugging at her clothing as he pulls her, then walking ahead of her as she reacts, close behind Mr. Trump." Lewandowski and the Trump campaign repeatedly lied about the encounter, and Trump has repeatedly attacked Fields in interviews since news of the arrest became public.

    During his March 29 program, Savage hailed Lewandowski as a hero and smeared Fields as "a maniac, in my opinion. A narcissistic maniac." He also doubted the legitimacy of bruises on Fields' arm, wondering if "her boyfriend didn't put the mark on the arm":

    MICHAEL SAVAGE: I was going to cover -- I probably will -- including the Breitbart setup of Trump with that reporter who has been made herself -- you know the reporter who said that Trump's aide attacked her with a little mark on her arm? How do we know her boyfriend didn't put the mark on the arm? And I watched the videotape.

    [...]

    She's a maniac, in my opinion. A narcissistic maniac. She makes Megyn Kelly look like Mother Teresa. So I'm sure that Roger Ailes will be calling any moment. I'm sure they got the shoes, they got the Manolos ready in the backroom, they got the stylist, they got the makeup artist -- they're ready for her. 

    [...]

    She coulda had a knife, coulda had a gun, coulda had an explosive vest, how do we know what she had? Why must you assume that he knew who she was? Lewandowski should be given a medal by the U.S. government for protecting the candidate from an unknown female assailant. And I think that they should consider bringing assault charges against her and teach her a good lesson. 

    Savage is one of the country's most extreme radio personalities. The Cumulus Media-syndicated talker has called autism "a fraud, a racket," said PTSD and depression sufferers are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, theorized liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles, claimed President Obama was intentionally trying "to infect the nation with Ebola," and once told a caller he was a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die."

    Savage has endorsed Trump, saying he believes "he can win. Two, I believe he can save America." Trump told Savage in January, "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing." He's also said Savage has "common sense" and helped him fuel conspiracy theories about the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

  • The Right-Wing Media Figures Pushing Scalia Murder Conspiracies

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Right-wing media personalities have been pushing conspiracy theories about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. They've called the circumstances of his death "peculiar," "suspicious," and "fishy," and claimed President Obama or his allies may have "killed" Scalia because of his opinions on environmental regulations, gun laws, immigration, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and unions. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been aiding the conspiracy theories, calling the circumstances surrounding Scalia's death "pretty unusual" and "big stuff."

  • Trump Joins Radio Ally To Fuel Scalia Murder Conspiracy Theory

    Trump Tells Michael Savage: "They Found A Pillow On His Face, Which Is A Pretty Unusual Place"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump appeared on one of his favorite radio shows and added fuel to the conspiracy theory that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, saying that one of the details of his death was "pretty unusual."

    During the February 15 broadcast of The Savage Nation, Michael Savage told Trump that Scalia might have been "murdered." When Savage asked Trump if he would support "the equivalent of a Warren Commission" to investigate Scalia's death, he replied that he "just heard" that "they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow. I can't tell you what -- I can't give you an answer." Brian Tashman of People For the American Way's Right Wing Watch flagged the segment. From Savage's interview with Trump:

    SAVAGE: Donald I need to come back to the topic we've been all screaming about here which is Scalia, was he murdered? I know it's pretty brutal to say that and I'm not wanting to drag you into this but this is going to get bigger and bigger and bigger. I went on the air and said we need the equivalent of a Warren Commission, we need an immediate autopsy before the body is disposed of. What do you think of that?

    TRUMP: Well I just heard today and that just a little while ago actually -- you know I just landed and I'm hearing it's a big topic -- that's the question. And it's a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow. I can't tell you what -- I can't give you an answer. You know usually I like to give you answers but I literally just heard it a little while ago. It's just starting to come out now, as you know, Michael.

    SAVAGE: Well I've been covering it for an hour and a half, there's a lot more to it than that. There was no medical examiner present, there was no one who declared the death who was there, it was done by telephone from a U.S. marshal, appointed by Obama himself. So let me not try to drag you into something you haven't studied because I don't think it would be fair to you and to the audience. I think after you look into these facts, Donald, you yourself will have to come to some different conclusions than you may think.

    Savage later claimed that Scalia "was found dead under suspicious circumstances and now this character in the White House who nobody with a rational mind should trust is trying to railroad Loretta Lynch down our throats -- that came out today -- as his number one choice. Can you believe this?" Trump replied with amazement that Obama would want to nominate Lynch.

    In the minutes prior to Trump's appearance, Savage suggested that the government is "corrupt enough" to kill Scalia and declared that his death "stinks to high heaven."

    Trump is a regular guest on Savage's program and told him last month, "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing." He's also said Savage has "common sense."

    Savage is one of the country's most extreme radio personalities. The Cumulus Media-syndicated talker has called autism "a fraud, a racket," said PTSD and depression sufferers are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, theorized liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles, claimed President Obama was intentionally trying "to infect the nation with Ebola," and once told a caller he was a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die." He's endorsed Trump, saying he believes "he can win. Two, I believe he can save America." 

    Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones has also been suggesting that Scalia was murdered. "My gut tells me they killed him and all the intellectual evidence lays it out," Jones said. Despite his fringe conspiracy theories, including that the government was behind the 9/11 attacks, the Trump campaign has been courting Jones and his audience.

  • Este Locutor Le Dijo A Trump Que Los Hispanos Van A Votar Por Él Porque "No Les Gusta Obedecerle A Una Mujer"

    Trump Halagó Al Locutor Michael Savage Como "Marvilloso" Y Le Agradeció Su "Apoyo"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF English language version

    Originalmente publicado el 13 de enero por Eric Hananoki y traducido al español por el staff de Media Matters

    El locutor de radio de extrema derecha Michael Savage le dijo a Donald Trump que los Hispanos apoyarían su campaña presidencial ya que "la cultura Hispana es una cultura machista. A los hombres no les gusta obedecerle a una mujer". Trump no refutó la caracterización que hizo Savage de la cultura Latina y más tarde le dijo "Aprecio su apoyo, usted ha sido tan maravilloso".

    Durante la edición del 11 de enero de su programa radial The Savage Nation, Savage le comentó a Trump que "la razón por la que los Hispanos van a votar por usted -- y voy a decirlo, no voy a preguntarle -- es porque, para ser honesto, y es muy claro, la cultura Hispana es una cultura machista. A los hombres no les gusta obedecerle a una mujer. Es simplemente la forma de ser de esta cultura. Y preferirían tener a un hombre como presidente que a una mujer". Savage luego le preguntó a Trump, que no refutó o respondió a la caracterización que Savage hizo sobre los Hispanos, sobre el estado de sus encuestas con votantes Hispanos:

    Traducido del programa de Michael Savage:

    SAVAGE: Le estoy preguntando sobre las audiencias que normalmente no creeríamos que votarían por usted. En este programa, Donald, la semana pasada yo dije que la razón por la que los Hispanos van a votar por usted -- y voy a decirlo, no voy a preguntarle -- es porque, para ser honesto, y es muy claro, la cultura Hispana es una cultura machista. A los hombres no les gusta obedecerle a una mujer. Es simplemente la forma de ser de esta cultura. Y preferirían tener a un hombre como presidente que a una mujer. ¿Qué dicen sus encuestas sobre el apoyo de los votantes Hispanos?

    TRUMP: Nos está yendo bien. En Nevada acabamos de llegar y estamos en 34 o algo así, número uno, el estado de Nevada, que es bastante Hispano. Y como usted sabe tengo miles de personas que trabajan para mi que son Hispanos. Y decenas de miles a través de los años que son Hispanos y de México y de diferentes lugares y son gente fenomenal. Y usted sabe, ellos francamente, no quieren gente que venga al país de manera ilegal a quitarles sus empleos.

    Trump añadió después que fue a él a quien se le "ocurrió" deshacerse de los "bebés ancla" en el país, alegando que "la gente viene, tienen un bebé, y ahora tenemos que cuidar del bebé por los siguientes 90 años. Es ridículo". La Associated Press hizo notar que es "extraordinariamente raro que inmigrantes vengan a EE.UU. solo para tener bebés y conseguir la ciudadanía. En la mayoría de casos, vienen a los EE.UU. por razones económicas y mejores hospitales, y terminan quedándose a criar a sus hijos".

    Numerosas encuestas han demostrado que Trump es en realidad extremamente impopular con los Hispanos. Una encuesta reciente de ABC News/Washington Post reveló que "la tasa de favorabilidad de Trump es únicamente del 18 por ciento entre los Hispanos y los Afro-Americanos, versus el 44 por ciento de blancos".

    Savage alabó a Trump por comenzar el debate sobre el tema migratorio y le dijo "francamente, la máquina Demócrata entera vive del voto de los ilegales. Sin el voto de los ilegales, no creo que estuvieran donde están ahora".

    Trump halagó enormemente a Savage durante la entrevista, declarando al principio que "siempre es un honor" estar en su programa y al final de la entrevista diciendo, "Aprecio su apoyo, usted ha sido tan maravilloso, y realmente se lo agradezco muchísimo".

    Savage es una de las personalidades radiales más extremistas del país. El locutor sindicado de Cumulus Media se ha referido al autismo como "un fraude, un alboroto", ha dicho que los pacientes de desórdenes de estrés postraumáticos (PTSD por sus siglas en inglés) y de depresión son "perdedores", le ha aconsejado a la gente que no se inyecten vacunas contra la influenza porque no se puede confiar en el gobierno, ha compartido su teoría de que los liberales se han vuelto locos debido a las burbujas del agua carbonatada, ha alegado que el Presidente Obama estaba tratando de "infectar a la nación con ébola" y una vez le dijo a un radioescucha que era un "sodomita" que debería contagiarse con "SIDA y morirse".

    Trump ha aparecido como invitado en The Savage Nation repetidas veces y ha dicho en una aparición previa que habría "sentido común" si pusiera a Savage a la cabeza del Instituto Nacional de Salud de volverse presidente.

  • Michael Savage Tells Trump "Hispanics Are Going To Vote For You" Because They "Don't Like Reporting To A Woman"

    Trump Praises Savage As "So Amazing," Thanks Him For The "Support"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI Versión en español

    Far-right radio host Michael Savage told Donald Trump that Hispanics will support his presidential campaign because "the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman." Trump did not refute Savage's characterization, and later told him "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing."  

    During his January 11 program, Savage remarked to Trump that "the reason Hispanics are going to vote for you -- and I'll say it, I'm not going to ask you -- is because, to be honest, and it's very clear, the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman. It's just the way the culture is. And they'd rather have a man than a woman as president." Savage then asked Trump, who did not refute or respond to Savage's characterization of Hispanics, about his polling with Hispanics:

    SAVAGE: I'm asking you the questions about the audiences that we normally don't think would vote for you. On this show, Donald, last week I said the reason Hispanics are going to vote for you -- and I'll say it, I'm not going to ask you -- is because, to be honest, and it's very clear, the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman. It's just the way the culture is. And they'd rather have a man than a woman as president. What are your poll numbers amongst Hispanics?

    TRUMP: Well we're doing well. In Nevada we just came in and we were at 34 or something like that, number one, the state of Nevada, which is very heavily Hispanic. And you know I have thousands of people that work for me that are Hispanic. And tens of thousands over the years that have been Hispanic and from Mexico and different places and they're phenomenal people. And, you know, they frankly, you know they don't want people coming into the country illegally and taking their jobs.  

    Trump later added that he's the one who "came up with" getting rid of "anchor babies" from the country, claiming that "people come over, they have a baby, now we have to take care of the baby for the next 90 years. It's ridiculous." The Associated Press noted that it's "extraordinarily rare for immigrants to come to the U.S. just so they can have babies and get citizenship. In most cases, they come to the U.S. for economic reasons and better hospitals, and end up staying and raising families."

    Numerous polls have shown that Trump is actually extremely unpopular with Hispanics. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found "Trump's favorability rating is just 18 percent among Hispanics and blacks alike, vs. 44 percent among whites." 

    Savage praised Trump for starting the debate on immigration and said "frankly, the entire Democrat machine lives off the illegal alien vote. Without the illegal alien vote, I don't think they'd be where they are today."

    Trump heavily praised Savage during the interview, stating at the beginning that it was "always an honor" to be on his program and ending the interview by saying, "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing and I really do, thank you very much for it." 

    Savage is one of the country's most extreme radio personalities. The Cumulus Media-syndicated talker has called autism "a fraud, a racket," said PTSD and depression sufferers are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, theorized liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles, claimed President Obama was intentionally trying "to infect the nation with Ebola," and once told a caller he was a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die."

    Trump has repeatedly appeared on The Savage Nation and said in a prior appearance there would be "common sense" if he appointed Savage to head the National Institutes of Health if he became president.