Michael Savage

Michael Savage: Bill Clinton Will Run The Country When Hillary 'Gets Sick In Office'

Yesterday, conservative radio host Michael Savage embraced the Hillary Clinton health conspiracy theory, wondering if Clinton’s entire campaign is a “stealth” bid by Bill Clinton to effectively act as president behind the scenes, knowing that Hillary will succumb to her medical issues while in office.

Savage argued that both Clinton and Donald Trump “should be subjected to an impartial panel of physicians where a full battery of tests are released to the public.” He then asked: “Do you understand that if she gets sick in office, who is going to run the country? It will be Bill Clinton.”

“Do you understand that this could be a stealth campaign by Bill Clinton to be president again? To get around the restrictions on no more than two terms? Do you get this?” he added.

Michael Savage: Trump Is The 'Savior' Of White People

Far-right radio host Michael Savage interviewed Donald Trump yesterday, repeatedly hailing the GOP presidential nominee for embracing many of the ideas that he has promoted over the years.

Savage, a longtime Trump cheerleader, spent the rest of the broadcast attacking Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and was particularly upset about recent remarks Kaine made at the National Progressive Baptist Convention.

Kaine, while talking about his experience as a member of a predominantly black church, said that white people have “got to put ourselves in situations where we’re in the minority and come to understand a reality that’s different than the one that we just take for granted every day” because “if you’re in a majority, you can go through your whole life and not have to learn the ways of anybody other than you.”

“And one of the beautiful things that has been transformational about my church is that by being there, I’ve had to grapple with, understand, listen to, learn from, confront realities that are not necessarily the ones that were my own but over time have become more a part of me,” Kaine added.

A number of conservative outlets distorted Kaine’s remarks and falsely reported that the Democratic vice presidential nominee demanded that white people literally become a minority group in the U.S.

Savage, explaining that he found the clip on Alex Jones’ website InfoWars, claimed that “this weirdo, Kaine, Kaine, Kaine, Kaine, the Caine Mutiny Court Martial” said “that whites must become a minority to atone for racism.”

Complaining about Kaine’s “squeaky voice,” Savage said: “This guy is a vampire. He is a vampire who hates his own race. He is a vampire who wants to enslave you by turning you into a minority in your own country. Is that who you want in the White House? I don’t.”

While speaking with a caller, Savage explained that when he and others, such as Donald Trump, talk about “the forgotten people,” he means “the white people,” “the white family that is targeted by Hillary Clinton and Kaine, who says that you have to become a minority in your own country to know what they’re suffering.”

“It’s a matter of survival,” he said, before adding: “There’s a war coming in this country. They’re not taking my gun and they’re not taking any more of my money. I’ve had enough of this crap and I don’t think I’m alone. I think that Donald Trump represents the last great savior of western civilization. Let me be very clear, there’s a battle for western civilization going on now. You’ve got world civilization, you’ve got Islamic supremacy and you’ve got those attacking white people around the globe.”

Michael Savage: 'Demonic' Obama Turning America 'Into A Muslim Nation'

Yesterday, conservative talk show host Michael Savage railed against nonprofit groups involved in resettling refugees, claiming that they are only interested in “raking in the money that’s being thrown at them by the federal government under that demon in the White House, Barack Obama, who wants the country fundamentally transformed into a Muslim nation, he wants it looking like Indonesia rather than like America.”

“The man is demonic in his desire to alter the landscape of this country in a way that no one will ever believe happened,” he said, adding that African Americans “are going to be the biggest losers of Obama’s policies.”

Savage said that “the progressive haters of America have sold us the false notion that multiculturalism is a good thing” and “we are being overrun by invaders, not immigrants; they refuse to learn the language, they hate the culture, they spit on the American flag, they don’t know what the Bill of Rights means and they can care less.”

He regretted that immigrants today aren’t like the Sicilian immigrants of prior decades, despite the fact that Sicilian immigrants were once maligned in the same manner that Savage attacks other immigrants and refugees.

Michael Savage: I'm Offended By Hillary Clinton's Voice

Conservative talk show host Michael Savage said yesterday that he finds Hillary Clinton’s voice to be “very offensive,” expressing dismay at her “grating,” “hard voice.”

“What do you fear most about a Hillary presidency, other than hearing her grating voice for eight years?” he asked. “That’s the part I can’t take, it’s listening to her, that hard voice. It’s not that it scares me, it offends me deeply. I find it very offensive.”

He added: “I don’t like women who are not feminine. I don’t like hard women who are like men without, let’s put it this way, men without pants.”

Savage, a close ally of Donald Trump, said he doesn’t understand “why women are so excited about, ‘Oh she’s the first woman.’ In what sense is she the first woman president? What does that matter?”

While speaking to a caller, Dan, who said that he was also fearful of “listening to that shrill voice for the next eight years” along with Clinton’s “lust for absolute power,” Savage said that Clinton “will continue to attack the white male portion of the population” and “has a vendetta for white males.”

Clinton, according to Savage, plans on “importing” new voters and believes, “Give us all the minorities, give us all the gays, give us all the immigrants because eventually we will win by demographics. How can any white male ever vote for a Democrat? I’ll never understand. I don’t understand it because they’re digging their own grave.”

Michael Savage: Hillary Clinton Wants To Make You 'A Minority In Your Own Country'

Yesterday, right-wing talk show host and Donald Trump ally Michael Savage asked his listeners, “What do you fear most about a Hillary presidency?”

Savage said he was particularly afraid of Clinton bringing in criminal, indolent, “uneducated” and “diseased” immigrants “because they’re born Democrat voters.”

“They’re not coming here to work, they’re not coming here to be Americans, they’re not coming here to learn English, they’re not coming here to learn the Star-Spangled Banner, why do we need them?” he continued.

“Trump says he’ll build the wall and close the borders, she says she’ll open the borders even further until you are a minority in your own country,” he said. “Think about it before you vote.”

Michael Savage Threatens To Leave The Country If Hillary Is Elected

On Friday, conservative talk show host Michael Savage said he’d rather live in Iceland than stay in America to see Hillary Clinton as president.

Speaking one day after Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, Savage went into a rant about pantsuits, claiming that they make Clinton look like “a bowling pin woman” and “Kim Jong Il’s sister.”

“Eight years I’ll have to put up with that, God forbid,” Savage said. “I don’t think I could take it. That’s reason enough to move to Iceland. I don’t want to see her in pantsuits. I can’t take it. Angela Merkel has the sense not to wear pantsuits. If she just wore a potato sack, Angela Merkel, it would suit her face and her personality.”

Michael Savage: The U.S. Government 'Has Been Occupied By ISIS'

Yesterday, right-wing radio host Michael Savage reacted to the killing of a French priest by two ISIS terrorists by warning that President Obama is bringing terrorists into the U.S. and may have let ISIS take over the government.

“That devil in the White House has flooded America with people from countries that never belonged here,” he said, before recounting a time he left an eyeglass store because he saw a Muslim family shopping there and, using his telepathic powers, realized that the father “doesn’t work” and is on welfare.

“I walked out muttering to myself, ‘This is the America of the future!’” he said. “This is the America of the future: Don’t work, practice a religion that hates everybody else. How in the world can a nation survive this? A nation can survive its fools and even the criminals, but it cannot survive an enemy within; it cannot survive a traitor within.”

Savage then said that people on the terrorist watch list could be working for the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the White House and “every department of this country.”

“How do we know how many work in this government?” he asked. “It’s as though we’ve been occupied already. Every day I wake up and I think that the government itself has been occupied by ISIS or ISIS sympathizers or ISIS propagandists. It doesn’t matter anymore because there’s no discussion of it at the DNC — what does that tell you Hillary will do if, God forbid, that harridan criminal is elected?”

A conversation with a caller then led Savage to rant that lawyers should be on the terrorist watch list because they want Americans to die and that the family members of people on the watch list should be deported as well.

Michael Savage: Hillary Clinton 'Looks Like Stalin's Housekeeper'

On his show yesterday, conservative radio host Michael Savage criticized the media’s coverage of Melania Trump’s plagiarized Republican National Convention speech and claimed that Trump threatens Hillary Clinton’s campaign because Clinton “looks like Stalin’s housekeeper” while Trump is “a movie star” who can “garner a good percentage of Hillary’s woman vote.” 

“Creatures that are smaller than marsupials, they have names like Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blinky Blitzer, they’re the small creatures underneath the leaf droppings of the jungle floor,” Savage said. “Instead of focusing today on all of the damage around the world done by the Obamas, instead they’re focusing on a speech given by the newest first lady to appear on the stage, as fresh as Jackie O on her first appearance.”

“You know, she’s so appealing that she’s liable to garner a good percentage of Hillary’s woman vote simply because she’s so appealing,” Savage said. “Now, regarding Melania’s speech, yes, there’s some overlap, but that’s of course not the issue.”

Savage repeated the bogus Trump campaign allegation that Clinton’s campaign was behind the plagiarism charges:

The issue is that she is so appealing that the Hillary Clinton camp went insane fearing that Melania has, in fact, captured the attention of the women of America who don’t like Hillary very much. Hillary is not attractive. Hillary is unattractive. This is a country that lives on movie stars. Melania’s a movie star, Hillary looks like a maid. She looks like Stalin’s housekeeper gussied up, that’s number one. And number two, of course, the reason the creatures underneath the leaf droppings of the jungle floor called the media are obscuring, doing this is to obscure all the problems that Hillary has created. Have you forgotten the email scandal? Have you forgotten Benghazi? Have you forgotten the Clinton Foundation cash scam? Somehow that didn’t make it to the geniuses who are worried about a few lines of overlap from a speech that Moo-chelle Obama gave a number of years ago, which she lifted from someone else.

"Stalin's housekeeper" is apparently a favorite misogynist insult of Savage's; he used the same description for Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders.

Trump Tells Far-Right Radio Host Many Immigrants 'Are Not Well People'

Among the many far-right conspiracy theorists that Donald Trump has embraced in his quest for the presidency is conservative talk radio host Michael Savage, who offers a steady stream of conspiracy theories and bigotry on his nationally syndicated program. Yesterday, as he was preparing to announce his vice presidential pick, Trump appeared yet again on Savage’s radio program, where he declared himself to be a loyal listener, praised Savage for the “great job” he is doing, and engaged with Savage in a discussion of what the radio host called “diseased immigrants” coming into the country.

After Trump casually mentioned something that Savage had said about not “liking” the videos of the two black men killed by police earlier this month, Savage asked Trump if he had heard that from listening to his show.

“I heard you say it, I heard you say it on the show,” Trump confirmed. “And, you know what, I heard you say it on the show, I do listen to your show, a lot of people listen to your show, I don’t even know if you know how many people. So many people come up and they say, ‘Michael Savages loves you.’ I say, ‘Well, that’s good news, I think that’s true.’”

This led Savage to ask if Trump would induct him into the Radio Hall of Fame in November. While the candidate said he couldn’t make the promise this far in advance because he might be busy negotiating a trade deal with China, he told Savage that “you deserve it” and promised that “if I could be a part of it in some way, I would be a part of it. You are doing a great job and you’ve been loyal to me from the beginning and I appreciate it.”

Later in the program, Savage declared that President Obama “has not only been flooding America with immigrants who cannot or will not work, he’s bringing in people who have brought back illnesses that were once basically eliminated in America” and offered to “help” Trump with the problem if he’s elected president.

“It’s a disaster to bring in diseased immigrants, don’t you agree?” Savage asked.

“Well that’s what’s happening,” Trump said, “and people don’t like talking about it and certainly it’s not politically correct to talk about it and that’s why they don’t do it, because everything we do today has to do with political correctness. If something’s a little bit off, off just a little bit, they say, ‘Oh, please don’t mention that.’ Even my people tell me ‘don’t mention that’ and I decide to mention things anyway, even though I know it’s going to end up being a firestorm I mention them anyway. But there’s something that’s one of the other elements, and the people are pouring into this country and, in many cases they’re not well people, in many respects.”

Savage: Blame Obama, Clinton & Black Lives Matter For Dallas Shooting

On his program on Friday, conservative radio host Michael Savage blamed the recent assassination of five police officers in Dallas on the “snake” President Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement, suggesting that it was part of a conspiracy to draw media attention away from Hillary Clinton’s email controversy.

“Who do you blame for instigating this assassination?” Savage asked. “Who led the cops down the parade route? Who did they coordinate with, the shooters? Do you think Black Lives Matter is a legitimate protest group or a domestic terrorist group?”

He continued, “For the first few hours last night, as I was watching this horror unfold, all I could think of is one thing: Hillary Clinton is no longer in the news. That’s all that was on my mind. Yesterday she was in the crosshairs of America, yesterday America saw her to be the liar and cheat and thief that she is.” Savage said that in the wake of the shooting, however, “she’s gone from the news. Isn’t that interesting that the Hillary Clinton scandal is no longer in the news?”

“Yesterday, the president was in Poland and he gave an astonishing speech in which he attacked the police, and I thought it was a coded message,” Savage said. “He does it in such a way you don’t even hear it, you don’t see it, you can’t see it, you can’t hear it, you can’t touch it. The man is the most amazing agitator I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I’ve never seen, in the history of agitation, anyone as skilled as he is in provoking violence and reactions and making it look as though he didn’t do it. He’s a magician.”

Savage criticized Obama’s response to the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers. “He made race an issue,” Savage said. “Now, a leader could’ve said, ‘These two shootings are very tragic, we’re going to make sure that there’s equal justice in front of the law, we’re gonna conduct a thorough and fair inquiry, but I want everyone listening to my speech.’ He could’ve said to remain calm, do not provoke violence, do not engage in violence, that is not the American way. He didn’t say that.”

“Did this speech from the snake trigger the shootings?” he asked.

“My friends, do you know what Fort Sumter was? Do you know what happened in Fort Sumter? Look up your history, because what happened yesterday triggers a new phase and a new day in the United States of America,” Savage said. “This is not going to end today, this is not going to end tomorrow, this is the beginning of something terrible.”

Savage: 'Straight, Heterosexual, White, Male, Christian' Is The 'Most Oppressed Member Of Society'

Last week, talk radio host Michael Savage continued his attacks on former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the network’s CEO.

He compared defendants in sexual harassment lawsuits to the dissidents who have been persecuted in communist countries like North Korea and mocked “the myth” of “the poor, downtrodden woman” in America.

“What’s this nonsense about ‘oppressed this, oppressed that’?” Savage said on his program on Wednesday. “The most oppressed member of society, as I’ve said before and I’m willing to stand by this again: The most ridiculed, the most oppressed member of society today is the straight, heterosexual, white, male Christian. Period.”

Michael Savage: Gretchen Carlson Filed Sexual Harassment Claim As Part Of Anti-Conservative Plot

Yesterday, conservative talk radio host Michael Savage mocked former Fox News pundit Gretchen Carlson for her sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, alleging that Carlson and her “sheisty lawyer” made it up as part of an orchestrated plots to “take out” conservative leaders.

“We are all in a political war,” he said. “As you well know, everyone that is a conservative is under assault and under attack. Do you see a pattern of trying to take out top conservatives in America? I do. And there’s no better example of that than the story, ‘Fox News’ Roger Ailes Sued For Sexual Harassment by Ousted Anchor Gretchen Carlson.’ I have to ask you something, the woman works for the network all these years and then finally they dismiss her and then suddenly it’s, ‘Oh my, oh my, he sexually harassed me!’ It stinks. The whole story looks like garbage.”

He then invited men listening to his program to call in and tell him about incidents where they were targeted by false claims of sexual harassment:

Savage compared the lawsuit to the Salem witch trials, insisting that Carlson likely manufactured the claims since she only revealed the allegations after she left the network: “Why didn’t she say anything then?”

“This whole thing is a set-up to get rid of Roger Ailes” orchestrated by “big people inside the network” who told Carlson that “she’d get something if she did this in order to push him out,” he said.

“Now how do I know that’s true?” he continued. “I don’t.”

Michael Savage: 'Trey Gowdy Should Be Impeached For Wasting My Time' On Benghazi

Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage mocked Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., yesterday after Gowdy’s Benghazi Select Committee released a report that offered no new information about the 2012 attack.

“Trey Gowdy should be impeached for wasting my time!” he fumed. “He promised us a lot! Remember?”

He added: “He had a Benghazi hearing three months ago and it was an embarrassment. Hillary turned them into idiots. Trey Gowdy. Here he is again now, $80 million later, what did he find out? What we knew already.”

Savage, nonetheless, still stood by the claim that the Obama administration told officers to “stand down” during the attack, a debunked conspiracy theory that was not corroborated by Gowdy’s report.

Michael Savage: 'Madman' Obama Must Be Impeached For Inviting 'Barbaric Invasion'

Yesterday, Michael Savage said that President Obama is ushering in a “barbaric invasion” of America and “wants to harm America forever” by resettling Muslim refugees in the country.

“My instincts are intact with regard to the barbaric invasion and my instincts tell me that Obama is doing it on purpose,” the conservative talk radio host said. “My instincts tell me that Obama wants to harm America forever. My instincts tell me he’s a madman and he’s very evil and must be impeached immediately.”

Savage, a major booster of Donald Trump, claimed that anyone critical of Obama has been effectively banned from appearing on television or in newspapers because he has quashed dissent.

Savage: Obama Planting Potential Terrorists In Republican Neighborhoods

On his show Tuesday, conservative radio host Michael Savage accused “psychopath” President Obama of “bringing in an army” of unscreened Syrian male refugees, claiming that the president has “allowed one massacre after another” and is seeking to settle Muslim refugees “into Republican neighborhoods in America.”

By not calling terrorist attacks like the recent massacre in Orlando acts of “radical Islam,” Savage claimed, Obama has “allowed one massacre after another.”

“So once again, the psychopath in the White House — and, by the way, if you hear his voice, you can hear a very insecure, almost sweatingly angry, defensive president for one of the first times I’ve heard in years, because he knows why he’s not using the phrase ‘radical Islam’ or whatever, and I will answer the question very simply for the president since none of his advisers seem to be able to do it, which is that it would define the enemy,” Savage said.

Savage continued, “In World War II, had they not defined the Nazis as Nazis, what would they be? Just Germans with guns? Germans with weird insignias on their arm? Germans who like to sing The Horst Wessel Song? Radical German nationals? And let’s not call them Nazis because we may offend the German people?”

Savage then called Obama an “idiot” and claimed that “eight Islamic terrorist attacks could’ve been prevented under this genius in the White House.”

Equating refugees with terrorists, Savage criticized “Obomber” for supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

“He’s gonna override the American people, he’s gonna override Congress because he is God,” Savage said. “10,000 Syrian refugees will be flooding into America, and why? They haven’t been screened. There is no screening whatsoever. They’re lying to you. And most of them, by the way, are military-aged men without wives or children. He’s bringing in an army.”

Savage hinted at an Obama conspiracy against Americans involving resettling Muslim refugees in Republican neighborhoods. “Well, let’s say there’s a reason for it, and that is he wants to squeeze the last drop of change that he can out of his tenure as the dictator-in-chief,” Savage said.

Similarly, on his Monday program, Savage suggested that Obama is a “deep-seated mole” and that “many people are questioning his motives” for not uttering the words “radical Islam.”

He also called the Obama administration “a foreign power [that] has occupied America” and blamed Obama for the massacre in Orlando.

“Barry Obama does not represent American patriots, he represents a foreign ideology, and that is why this happened in Orlando the other night,” Savage said. “It happened because this cockroach had been investigated by the FBI, but because of Barry’s crazy edicts, the FBI had to let the cockroach go.”

Michael Savage: Donald Trump Is 'The Antidote' To 'Crazy' 'Stupid' Obama's 'Toxic Snake Poison'

Far-right radio host Michael Savage was incensed yesterday by the Secretary of the Air Force’s recent comments suggesting that transgender military service members “will be allowed to serve in a more open way” within “the next few months.”

Savage said that a review of the military’s policy on transgender service members will cause the armed forces to ignore the needs of the troops, and is just another sign that America is witnessing “the meltdown of our culture under Barry Hussein Obama like you could never imagine.”

“Think of your most radical, crazy professor,” Savage said. “Think of the nuttiest, the most stupid professor you’ve ever had, totally locked into the left-wing shibboleths of the time, and you learn to listen to it in order to just get through the course. Now take that professor, put the professor into the presidency, give him all the power in the world and let that professor take all the power it can because of a supine Congress and a nonexistent press, and now you know what’s going on in America. We have an out-of-control, lunatic, left-wing college teacher running the country.”

“That’s why we need the antidote,” he continued. “The antidote to this toxic snake poison is Donald Trump. Trump is the antidote to the Hussein snake poison.”

As we’ve previously noted, Savage “believes that God is lifting Trump to victory, hailing the candidate as 'the Winston Churchill of our time' and hoping that he will become a dictator who rules by decree and stop Obama before he begins arresting and killing Americans en masse.”

Michael Savage: Obama Reared Since High School To 'Invade America'

Michael Savage is not very good at predicting the future, but that didn’t stop the conservative talk show host from making a whole slew of predictions last week about what a Hillary Clinton presidency would look like.

Many of the absurd and inflammatory predictions were similar to the ones conservatives like Savage made about President Obama.

“One, guns will be taken away, she will make it illegal either through ammunition or registration, your guns will be seized, guns will be criminalized,” he said. “Two, she will criminalize speech, talk radio will disappear, she will pass it under the guise of the Fairness and Communications Act, and I will be gone, as will everyone else who dares to speak the truth to these left-wing fanatic vermin. That’s number two. If you think the internet will be your refuge, you are mistaken. Hillary Clinton and her illegitimate cohorts will criminalize the internet as has been done in Europe under the dictator Merkel and as it is being done around the world by the greedy pig who owns Facebook…. It’s either Trump or nothing, we have nothing left.”

If Donald Trump wins, Savage said, he will “protect us from these mobs, he’ll build a wall and throw these [undocumented immigrants] out of the country, throw these violent street protesters where they belong, which is south of the border. Just dump them there. Fly them there and leave them in the desert for all I care.”

He warned that “George Soros front groups” supporting “the harridan criminal” have made sure that “these gangs have been loosed upon those of us who wish to see a Republican, Donald Trump, win the election,” urging Trump to “hunt down” and “arrest” Soros upon taking office. He predicted that these “Mexican mobs” will soon be “knocking your door down and taking you out in the middle of the night.”

Later, Savage insisted that Obama is an Adolf Hitler-like leader who was “polished very carefully for many years as a candidate for the left” since he was “a high school student” by “a rich family” that “realized he had the perfect looks and the perfect persona to invade America and convert us into a semi-socialist, semi-communist nation.”

Because of Obama’s purported use of mob violence, Savage said, soon boxers and bikers will form far-right gangs to “protect the people from these Mexican and communist mobs.”

On His First Day In Office, President Trump Will Tell Allies That He Won't Defend Them If They Don't Pay Up

After predicting that Germany and other European countries will collapse due to the refugee crisis, Donald Trump told Michael Savage yesterday that on his very first day as president, he will begin calling the leaders of allied nations to inform them that the U.S. will no longer honor commitments to defend them in case of a military conflict.

Trump said that these allied countries will “have to pay” much more for protection, adding, “What, are we supposed to get into World War III over a country that doesn’t respect us enough to pay what they’re supposed to be paying?”

Trump also said that as president he will immediately act to undo President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform and build the Keystone XL pipeline, with a hefty new tax on the corporations that benefit from it.

Previously, Trump said he would prefer that countries acquired nuclear weapons rather than continue military alliances with the U.S. that he thinks are too expensive.

Trump: 'Germany's Going Down. They're All Going Down.'

Yesterday, Donald Trump chatted with far-right conspiracy theorist Michael Savage, who asked the presumptive GOP presidential nominee about the Dalai Lama’s recent comments that European countries have accepted “too many” refugees.

Trump, who has frequently criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her stance on refugees and because she, in his view, robbed him of the 2015 TIME Person of the Year title, told Savage that refugees will destroy the continent: “I’ll tell you, you’re going to destroy Europe. Germany’s going down. They’re all going down. It’s unbelievable; unbelievable what’s happening in Europe.”

Not only has Trump consistently lied about the refugee crisis, but he has also threatened to deport refugees legally resettled in the U.S.

Trump's Team: The Bigoted, Unhinged Conspiracy Theorists Benefiting From Donald Trump's Campaign

Donald Trump’s obsession with conspiracy theories didn’t come out of nowhere.

Before the GOP presidential frontrunner started winning the backing of Republican leaders, he assembled a team of ardent right-wing conspiracy theorists whose bigoted and bizarre beliefs once put them decidedly on the fringe of American politics.

Trump himself has spread a wide range of bizarre and bogus claims, winning state after state by questioning the facts about President Obama’s birthplace and religion, bashing immigrants as “killers and rapists,” parading discredited stories to demonize Muslim-Americans and, at one point, linking an opponent’s father to the Kennedy assassination.

As more “establishment” and “mainstream” Republicans declare their support for Trump, it is critical to remember the people whom Trump initially invited into his campaign: a range of pundits and preachers who have pushed racist, xenophobic and truly insane beliefs throughout their careers.

No endorser was out of bounds for Trump, whether it was a pastor who believes Starbucks injects semen from gay men into its lattes in order to spread Ebola or a radio host who thinks that alien creatures secretly run the government.

These activists have now also become some of Trump’s most outspoken defenders. And, in return, Trump has elevated their profiles by appearing on their radio programs, inviting them to share the stage with him and even praising them to national audiences.

Trump’s apparent victory in the Republican presidential primary gives these figures an unprecedented platform from which to spew their paranoia and bigotry. And it presents a strange turning point at which conspiracy theories that previously only lurked around the edges of political discourse are suddenly thrust to center stage.

The Pundits

Alex Jones

The fact that the Republican Party is about to nominate a candidate who has embraced conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones is downright terrifying.

Trump appeared on Jones’ radio show in December, when he was already the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, and complimented Jones for his “amazing” reputation.

Trump’s top confidant, Roger Stone, a conservative operative who has called for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to be killed, has been on Jones’ show nearly every week during the campaign. The two are even working together on an effort to track down Republican delegates who don’t support Trump and hound them at their hotel rooms at the party convention in Cleveland.

Jones has bragged that he advises Trump off-air and took credit for the candidates’ conspiracy theory about Rafael Cruz, the father of Trump’s former rival Ted Cruz, being involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

When Trump falsely claimed that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated on 9/11, he cited a post on Jones’ InfoWars website and told Jones during an appearance on his program that his assertion was correct because people on Twitter told him so.

Jones’ “news” program is a natural outlet for Trump, as poll after poll shows that Trump supporters disproportionately subscribe to shocking conspiracy theories, including ones championed by Jones and by the candidate himself.

It’s hard to describe how utterly bizarre Jones’ worldview is and how unbelievable it is that a major presidential candidate is promoting it.

Jones has broadcast numerous “false flag” conspiracy theories, alleging that the U.S. government was involved in the September 11 attacks; the Oklahoma City bombing; and the massacres of school children in Newtown, Connecticut, black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, and police officers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jones thinks that President Obama is literally “a demonic creature” who is out to assassinate Trump after successfully murdering Justice Antonin Scalia and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, and that he, along with Pope Francis, is determined to kill anywhere between 90 million and 1 billion people. He also says that "chemtrails" from the backs of planes spread a deadly “weaponized flu.”

He even believes that juice boxes are turning children gay — “the reason there’s so many gay people now is because it’s a chemical warfare operation!” — and that the LGBT rights movement is bent on the extermination of humanity.

Like Trump, Jones is a vocal critic of vaccines: Both have wrongly suggested that they cause autism.

Jones has also targeted Justin Bieber, claiming that the Canadian pop star is trying to brainwash children as part of a plot to disarm Americans and create a police state, and Beyoncé, telling his audience that she is a CIA plant out to stir racial violence and “literally” eat the brains of children.

And that’s not all.

Jones believes that an “alien force, not of this world,” is specifically targeting Trump, and has frequently promoted the claim that shape-shifting reptilian humanoids from outer space surreptitiously control the world, regularly hosting David Icke, one of the leading propagators of this belief, as an expert guest.

In one segment, Jones dressed up as a space lizard in a top hat to explain the “origins of Obamacare.”

Hoping that “no amount of fluoride in the water” can stop Trump, Jones has used threatening language against the GOP candidate's critics, calling Hillary Clinton a “bitch,” telling Bernie Sanders supporters that they need to have their “jaws broken,” and urging conservative writer George Will to “put a .357 Magnum to your head and blow what little is left of your brains out all over yourself” after he wrote a column condemning Trump.

Michael Savage

Trump has become a regular guest on “The Savage Nation,” a right-wing radio program hosted by Michael Savage that has the fifth-largest radio audience in the country, often appearing on the show immediately before primary election days in order to drum up support from Savage’s listeners.

It was on Savage’s program that Trump wondered if Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, denounced Jewish people who support Obama and suggested that the president doesn’t want to fight terrorism and may have “evil intentions” with regard to Syrian refugees. Trump also told Savage that he will appoint ultraconservative jurists to the Supreme Court and would consider naming Savage himself to a position in his administration.

Savage, who calls himself “the architect of Trump's messaging,” has told his listeners that Trump based his immigration policies on one of his books.

He believes that God is lifting Trump to victory, hailing the candidate as “the Winston Churchill of our time” and hoping that he will become a dictator who rules by decree and stop Obama before he begins arresting and killing Americans en masse. Trump has returned the favor, thanking Savage for his “amazing” support and praising him as a “special guy” who would bring “common sense” if he were to join the government.

Savage gained widespread notoriety back in 2003 when, on his short-lived television program, he lashed out at a gay caller by saying:

Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today — go eat a sausage and choke on it. Get trichinosis.

Savage has not moderated since then.

He lashed out at veterans with PTSD, saying that they are “a bunch of losers” who “cry like a little baby” and have turned America into “a weak, sick nation.” (Ironically, Savage himself says he suffers “post-radio stress disorder” from reporting on the Obama family.)

Savage has also called autism is “a fraud” and argued that seltzer water causes insanity.

He claims that Obama is a Hitler-like leader bent on rounding up conservatives, staging shootings like the massacre in Charleston, setting up internment camps and death camps, beheading his critics, nullifying the upcoming election, creating a private army composed of Crips and Bloods gang members and Syrian refugees, and committing white genocide — a claim which he backed up by citing a prophesy from a Mayan woman he saw on television.

With a long record of violent rhetoric, Savage seems excited about the prospect of fighting in a race war between white conservatives and Obama, telling listeners that the president is a secret Muslim determined to ban dogs and deliberately spread diseases like Ebola.

“You have Satan in the White House,” he said last year. “Get the child out of the White House. He is going to set the nation on fire like he set the world on fire. Stop him before he kills all of us.”

Ann Coulter

Like Savage, far-right columnist Ann Coulter has claimed credit for shaping Trump’s extremist stance on immigration. Trump has invited her to speak at a number of his campaign rallies, including one at which she declared that God is using Trump’s candidacy to save America.

While Coulter has long managed to attract attention by making over-the-top remarks, such as when she declared her opposition to women’s suffrage, called John Edwards a “faggot” and smeared a group of 9/11 widows as “people enjoying their husbands’ death,” she has recently become almost single-mindedly focused on the issue of immigration, dazzling Trump with her warnings about “Latin American rape culture” and the “browning of America.”

“Ann’s been amazing,” Trump said earlier this year. “I’m a big fan and you know that.”

Indeed, Trump’s extremist plan of mass deportation, constructing a massive border wall, impounding remittances, expelling refugees and curtailing legal immigration seems to resemble the proposals laid out in Coulter’s book, “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” in which she called on the government to adopt draconian policies to curb both lawful and unlawful immigration and refugee resettlement programs because, in her view, America has too many Latinos.

Coulter has urged GOP candidates to win elections by stoking anti-immigrant sentiment and “unapologetically opposing the transformation of America into a Third World country.”

Coulter claims that unless immigration is drastically curbed, parents will have to “get used to your little girls being rapedbecause “gang rape, child rape, elder rape, and murder rape are highly correlated with specific ethnic groups — ethnic groups we are bringing to America by the busload.”

Those who back immigration reform, according to Coulter, deserve to be targeted by “death squads,” just as immigrants who overstay their visas should get the death penalty. Coulter, who said that Trump “won me over with that Mexican rapist speech,” has praised the presumptive GOP nominee’s “genius” plan to ban Muslims from entering the country and has hailed his anti-immigrant plan as “the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.”

If Trump doesn’t win the election, Coulter has warned, it’s “lights out for the entire world for a thousand years,” as only Trump will stop changes to the “demographics of the country.”

“Thank God, and I am not using the Lord’s name in vain, I mean that absolutely literally, thank God for raising up Donald Trump and giving us a chance to save the country,” she said.

The Preachers

Carl Gallups

Ahead of the crucial Florida primary, Trump released a statement touting the endorsement he received from Pastor Carl Gallups, and then asked Gallups to deliver the invocation at a campaign rally in Pensacola.

Gallups and Trump share a passion for promoting birther conspiracy theories and denouncing the Common Core academic standards, which Gallups warns will ensure that “our smallest children in pre-school” will learn about “the mechanics of homosexual sex.”

Homosexuality has been a major focus of Gallups’ activism; he has repeatedly warned that same-sex marriage will completely destroy society by bringing about economic turmoil, severe persecution, the “enslavement” of Christians and divine punishment.

“This ruling may prove to be the final death knell of divine judgment upon our once great nation,” he said in response to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on marriage equality.

Gallups has also latched on to the Sandy Hook truther movement, which claims that the government faked the murder of schoolchildren and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, in order to justify new restrictions on firearms.

He called the massacre a “hoax” and said that grieving parents were actually crisis actors.

“[T]his dude is a Hollywood actor, his so-called wife is a Hollywood actor,” he said of two parents who lost children in the shooting.

A Trump spokeswoman said that the campaign “was not aware” of Gallups’ views, but the campaign still boasts of his endorsement on its website.

Unsurprisingly, Gallups has also speculated about whether Obama is the Antichrist, ultimately concluding that while the president is “an anti-Christ,” it is more likely that “he is a depiction of some of the characteristics of the anti-Christ who is to come.”

Robert Jeffress

Trump was very proud to land the endorsement of Robert Jeffress, a prominent Southern Baptist preacher and Fox News contributor who has hit the trail with the candidate at a number of events.

At one rally, Trump invited Jeffress to join him on stage as he decried the supposed persecution of Christians in America through the “War on Christmas” and lamented that he wouldn’t have been criticized if he had proposed a ban on Christians from entering the U.S., as he did with Muslims.

Jeffress made waves in the last presidential election when, after endorsing Rick Perry, he told Christians that they shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith, which wasn’t too surprising since he once blasted Mormonism as “a cult” from “the pit of hell.”

Jeffress has similarly stated that Satan created Roman Catholicism, declared that Jews, Mormons, Muslims and gay people are all destined for hell and maintained that President Obama “is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

No fan of the gay community, Jeffress believes that gays and lesbians are “perverse” people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it “a miserable lifestyle”; accused gay people of using “brainwashing techniques” to have homosexuality “crammed down our throats”; said that gay people “are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine”; predicted that the gay rights movement “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist”; and labeled homosexuality a “filthy practice” that will lead to the “implosion of our country.”

James David Manning

Update: Following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, James David Manning said he was outraged by Trump’s remarks expressing support for the LGBT community and has withdrawn his support. “Sodomy is more dangerous to America than radical Islam,” he said.

Among the pastors invited to Trump Tower for what the GOP presidential candidate described as an endorsement meeting in December was James David Manning, who proudly endorsed Trump and stood beside him as he spoke to press about the event.

“I’m going to have and enjoy a long relationship with Mr. Trump,” Manning said after the meeting. “I pray he becomes president.”

The Harlem-based pastor has:

  • Accused Obama of murdering his “love child” outside the U.S. Capitol.

And that list barely scratches the surface of the many absurd and offensive things that Manning has actually said.

While Trump of course cannot be held responsible for all of the statements these individuals have made, he can and should be held responsible for embracing them and, at times, promoting their baseless conspiracy theories.

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