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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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, who has frequentlycriticized 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.”
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 fact that the Republican Party is about to nominate a candidate who has embraced conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones is downright terrifying.
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’ “news” program is a natural outlet for Trump, as pollafterpoll 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.
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.
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.
“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 raped” because “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.”
Gallups and Trump share a passion for promotingbirther 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.”
“[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.”
Trump was very proud to land the endorsement of Robert Jeffress, a prominent Southern Baptist preacher and Fox News contributor who has hitthetrail 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.”
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.
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.
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
While many conservatives continue to be focused on how LGBT rights laws are dangerous and Satanic, far-right commentators like Alex Jones and David Duke are showing how Donald Trump can rescue America from nefarious elites.
5) Satan Behind LGBT Rights
Pat Robertson knows the real reason that lawmakers and activists are supporting laws to prevent discrimination against LGBT people: They are motivated by Satan to “destroy the Judeo-Christian fabric of America.”
Robertson told “700 Club” viewers this week that while he doesn’t oppose transgender people, he believes that those advocating for transgender rights are pushing “the agenda of anti-Christian bias,” and that is why the devil has been so focused on this “one particular place.”
4) Another Right-Wing Smear
Since we have heard from many Religious Right activists about how LGBT nondiscrimination policies are such a threat, radio host Alan Colmes decided to ask one such activist, Anita Staver of Liberty Counsel, if she has any proof that one of these measures adopted around the country has ever led to a crime.
Staver, unsurprisingly, was unable to name any crimes that resulted from such policies, simply saying, “I’m not a statistician,” and asking listeners to go online to look it up.
She may have drawn a blank because the claim that nondiscrimination laws have resulted in widespread sexual assaults is nothing but a right-wing myth.
While speaking this week with a caller this week who said that he was in hiding and that he knows for a fact that Obama is using immigration to pave the way for white “genocide,” Savage wholeheartedly agreed, calling the president a “madman” and suggesting that he has a “specific vendetta” against white people.
Jones, known for screamingintothecamera on a daily basis, posted a video Tuesday night celebrating Trump’s victory in Indiana, before quickly taking it down.
Fortunately, our friends at Media Matters saved a copy of the video, in which Jones railed against Trump’s “stinking, traitorous” critics such as Washington Post columnist George Will, whom Jones advised to “look in the mirror, realize you’re a traitor, and do the right thing, and put a .357 Magnum to your head, and blow what little is left of your brains out all over yourself.”
1) David Duke Hopes Trump Defeats The ‘Jewish Supremacists’
Jones wasn’t the only one rejoicing Trump’s victory in the GOP presidential contest.
White nationalist David Duke also cheered on Trump for successfully challenging the “Jewish supremacists who control our country.”
Powerful Jews, Duke said, “run the political establishment” and dislike Trump because “he is implicitly talking about the interests of European-Americans.”
By trying to stop Trump, Duke claims that these “Jewish extremists” have ended up “exposing their alien, anti-American, anti-American-majority position” and increasing “awareness” that their supposed stranglehold on the government is “the reason why America is not great.”
Donald Trump has taken to using the same lines in order to defend his own conspiracy theories.
When asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in 2013 if he believed Obama “was born in the United States,” Trump replied: “I have no idea. Was there a birth certificate? You tell me. You know, some people say that was not his birth certificate. I'm saying I don't know. Nobody knows and you don't know either, Jonathan.”
He once issued a tweet hinting that Obama murdered someone to cover up the truth about his birth certificate:
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
“I just heard today, just a little while ago actually, I just landed and I’m hearing it’s a big topic, 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 — I can’t give you an answer,” Trump said.
Trump wants to say things without saying things, but anyone watching knows exactly what he is trying to say.
Just take what happened this week when he suggested on “Fox & Friends” that Rafael Cruz, the father of his then-rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald [sic] being, you know, shot, I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous, what is this? Right prior to his being shot and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it…. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.
The reason nobody was talking about it was because it was a bogus theory generated by online rumor sites and the tabloid National Enquirer.
But rather than say that Cruz was involved in the Kennedy assassination, Trump only asked, “What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death?”
Trump was just asking the question later that day while talking to Sean Hannity:
It was a picture put in and [the Enquirer] wouldn’t put it in if they could be sued, that I can tell you, they are very big professionals. It was put in. And by the way, Ted Cruz, I don’t think denied it at the news conference, but they don’t do things unless it could be verified. But if that were true, what was he doing having breakfast or whatever they were doing three months before the JFK assassination? Why are they doing that? Why is the father meeting with Lee Harvey Oswald?
Both Cruzes, for the record, did deny it, but that didn’t stop Trump from repeating the line the next day on “Good Morning America,” where he again refused to take any responsibility for his conspiracy theory. He also added a new and equally fallacious twist, claiming that newspapers other than the Enquirer had picked up the story:
All I was referring to was a picture that was reported in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it. I don’t know what it was exactly but it was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications…. The National Enquirer gave you John Edwards, it gave you O.J. Simpson, it gave you many, many things. You can’t knock the National Enquirer, it brought many things to light, not all of them pleasant. The fact is that it was a cover story on the National Enquirer. It was picked up by many other people and magazines and periodicals and newspapers and all I did was refer to it…. I’m just referring to an article that appeared, it has nothing to do with me.
Finally, Trump told Wolf Blitzer that he never even believed the theory that he had parroted.
Blitzer: You don’t really believe that Ted Cruz’s— Trump: I didn’t say. Blitzer: —father had anything to do with the assassination of President Kennedy. Trump: No, I don’t. Of course I don’t.
Trump went on to falsely claim that Rafael Cruz was “praying for bad things to happen to me,” saying that in response he wanted people to “read the various magazines, because it’s not only there, it was put in numerous — where he has a picture of himself with Lee Harvey Oswald. I’m not saying they conspired…. I’m just saying it was all over the place…. Of course I don’t believe that, I didn’t believe it, but I did say let people to read it.”
“It’s like a walking, talking Enquirer magazine,” RedState founder Erick Erickson said of Trump back in March.
As Maggie Haberman of the New York Times wrote, “It is not a total surprise that Mr. Trump is the candidate most likely to use the phrase ‘I hear’ before stating something as fact, no matter how flimsy the information he passes along.”
On Tuesday’s edition of “The Savage Nation,” far-right talk show host Michael Savage chatted with a caller, “Bob,” who claimed to be a retired Air Force veteran who is “kind of in hiding.”
The caller told Savage that under President Obama, “we are seeing a systematic genocide of a single race of people within this country” and that the president is using immigration “to destroy this country through genocide.” “Yeah, I know the genocide, I know which race he has targeted,” Savage replied.
“It doesn’t take an Albert Einstein to see what he’s doing and who he’s targeting. In that sense, he’s a mad man. He’s a mad man. He has a specific vendetta that is obvious to anyone that studies what he is doing and who he is favoring.”
Savage, comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler, wondered why intelligence and military officers haven’t stood up to the president: “Don’t you understand you will become the good German? Don’t tell me that if you have lived during Hitler’s time and you heard about the burning of bodies in the gas chambers, you would’ve done something. He’s burning the nation to the ground. He is wrecking everything sacred to this nation.”
On Monday, right-wing radio host Michael Savage delivered an homage to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech — only in Savage’s dream, President Trump cracks down on George Soros and the American Civil Liberties Union.
I have a dream, I have a real dream, that Donald Trump wins. Oh, do I have a dream. I have a dream that when Donald Trump wins, the new Justice Department goes after the ACLU. I have a dream that all the Marvins and the Glorias and all their ill-gotten gains will be seized by the government and they will either run for the hills or be thrown in the slammer. I have a dream that when Donald Trump becomes president, George Soros finds that there’s not a country on earth that he can hide in because he is hated around the world for what he has done to every currency on the planet. I have a dream.
Savage’s “I Have a Dream” speech closed out a program in which he spent considerable time going after Soros.
Savage claimed that Soros “should be picked up by Interpol and arrested as a war criminal,” alleging that he has been funding the “gangbangers” and “retrogrades” who protest Trump rallies and support Black Lives Matter.
After calling Soros “the silent hand that destroys the West,” Savage declared that the philanthropist “fears Donald Trump because George Soros will be hunted down like a mad dog if Donald Trump becomes president.”
He then went after Barack and Michelle Obama, wondering why members of the press didn’t heckle the president and first lady during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for their supposed arrogance and crimes. Savage concluded that President Obama is using immigration “to sow more social discord” and “increase the voter rolls of the uneducated so they vote for government handouts.”
Declaring himself to be “the antidote to Obama’s ‘America last’ policy,” right-wing radio host Michael Savage urged his listeners on Monday to pray that Barack Obama’s presidency is “the last stop on the train of progressivism, communism and socialism.”
According to Savage, Obama has been sowing national discord not only to further his objective of destroying America but also to thwart a future Donald Trump presidency.
Savage said that former Attorney General Erick Holder “turned the mobs on the police” and that Holder’s successor, Loretta Lynch, is similarly “encouraging the mobs” and “threatening the police” in order to justify “the federalization of our police forces.” When the Obama administration takes over local police departments, Savage said, law enforcement agents will ignore terrorists and treat “Americans as the enemy.”
He added that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, she will forcibly disarm Americans by eliminating the Second Amendment.
“So you have a disarmed population and a federal police force, what you have is an instant Cuba,” Savage added. “Instant Cuba in a skirt. You have Fidel Castro in a dress. Her name is Hillary Clinton.” Savage, however is still convinced that Donald Trump will defeat Clinton “in a landslide”—“no matter how many illegal aliens Obama tries to flood into our country.”
Following Trump’s election, Savage predicted, Obama will deliberately destroy the economy: “If Trump wins, and I think he will, there will be an economic crash and the reason I say that is not because of his policies but because of what Obama will do on the way out the door.”
Savage is so convinced that Trump will win the presidency that he repeated his claim that there is “a spiritual hand” at work in the mogul’s campaign, agreeing with a caller who said that God is using his radio program to promote Trump’s ideas and candidacy. Savage said he “had an epiphany” and believes that God is indeed using him to save America by aiding Trump, knowing that the country is “finished” if “Ms. Pantsuit” becomes president.
“The woman is a dictator, the woman has an anger and a hatred in her that pours out of everything that she does and says,” Savage said. “She is dividing races, sexes, classes. She will be the third term of Obama but far more damaging than he has ever been. She will finish off the other amendments; she’ll go One through Five.”
Savage, meanwhile, spent the time leading up to the interview expressing his admiration for Trump.
“I personally think that after this is all over and Trump becomes the next president of the United States, I personally believe you’ll look back and you will see that there’s God’s hand in all of this,” Savage said.
Explaining that he sees “spiritual elements” in the election, Savage said that President Obama “was put here to show us just what could happen under a corrupt, left-wing administration” and that “Trump is the counterpoint to these eight years of corruption and communism in the United States of America.”
President Obama, Savage said, “goes to sleep dreaming of how to run America down” and “how to destroy America one more time, to get in one more round of smackdowns on this country and everybody sees that and Trump is the antidote to these eight years of hatred for this dear nation.”
“Look, you know, Russia can do a lot of good for us,” Trump told Savage. “I mean, when I heard six months ago they wanted to bomb the hell out of ISIS and maybe they had other things in mind also — because, you know, they have a different view on Syria than our so-called leaders and, you know, frankly, they start to start thinking, our people ought to start rethinking their whole policy. But ISIS, they want to bomb it and we’ve got people saying, ‘We don’t want them to bomb ISIS,’ and I’m saying what are these people thinking about?”
The Republican presidential front-runner then repeated his boast that Putin had called him a “genius.”
“Here’s the thing, Michael,” he said, “wouldn’t it be great if we got along with Russia? You know, Putin said very nice things about me but it has zero influence — he actually called me a genius, but that’s okay, has zero influence on me, Michael, zero.”
Today on “The Savage Nation,” conservative talk radio host Michael Savage asked Donald Trump if he plans to moderate his message before the general election.
“The reason you’re popular is because of borders, because of immigration, because of the flood of Muslims coming into the country,” Savage said. “I would almost say, Donald, please don’t let the moderate influences in your campaign take you off-point, it’s what got you where you are. Are you going to modify your campaign and move a little bit more to the center now?”
Trump assured him that he would not adjust his message, telling Savage that “the last thing I should be doing now is changing so I don’t think you have anything to worry about, okay?”
Throughout 2014, the three fed Trump strategy memos and political intelligence. “I listened to thousands of hours of talk radio, and he was getting reports from me,” [Sam] Nunberg recalled. What those reports said was that the GOP base was frothing over a handful of issues including immigration, Obamacare, and Common Core. While Jeb Bush talked about crossing the border as an “act of love,” Trump was thinking about how high to build his wall. “We either have borders or we don’t,” Trump told the faithful who flocked to the annual CPAC conference in 2014.
Trump didn’t read a prepared speech, but he knew what he wanted to say, which hardly mattered anyway because hardly anyone took his candidacy seriously at the time. “Nobody said anything,” Trump said about the fact that he had accused Mexico of sending “rapists” over the border into the U.S. “Then two weeks later, they started saying, ‘Wait a minute! Did he really say that?’ ”
He hadn’t tested the line, but Nunberg’s deep dive into talk radio had shown him that this was the sort of thing that would resonate with a certain segment of the Republican base. He also knew that this kind of outrageous statement would earn him the free media attention ($1.9 billion worth and counting, according to the New York Times) that would propel his campaign.
Yesterday, anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller posted a report from the website “SuperStation95” about a group of armed Muslim campers “shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’” and “open[ing] fire on hikers,” lamenting that “of course there has been no reporting from the enemedia on this.”
Geller’s fans at WorldNetDaily and BareNakedIslam also ran with the story, as did radio host Michael Savage, who told his listeners that the media is refusing to report on the “twenty Mooslims with guns in the hills above San Bernardino in one of California’s forests who were doing a little target practice while chanting ‘Allahu Akbar.’” Savage claimed that the campers were only released by law enforcement agents “because they hadn’t yet killed Jewish children.”
However, as the myth-busting website Snopes pointed out, there is no evidence that the campers were firing at anybody or shouting “Allahu Akbar,” noting that the “sources” for these conservative pundits were nothing but fringe conspiracy outlets.
As the official incident report stated, no one in the area questioned by police said they had witnessed guns being fired nor reported having been fired upon. Police found and interviewed the group of men in question and discovered that their possession of firearms was in compliance with the law and that none of them had any outstanding warrants or criminal histories. While the caller who reported the men to police claimed five to seven of the men wore turbans and fired assault rifles, police didn't mention turbans or other headwear, and they noted that the men were in possession of "handguns, a rifle, and a shotgun" (but no "assault rifles"). No credible news reports made any mention of the "Allahu Akbar" claim, and no witnesses stated they had been "shot at" by the men while hiking or camping. Also, the police report described the men only as "males," not "Middle Eastern males" or "Muslim males."
The web site that started this rumor was Superstation95, which is not a "superstation" at all but rather a repository of misinformation from Hal Turner, who in 2010 was sentenced to 33 months in prison for making death threats against three federal judges. (The name listed in the site's Contact page is Turner's criminal lawyer.)
That same site similarly (and baselessly) claimed that a woman who crashed into pedestrians on the Las Vegas strip in December 2015 had shouted "Allahu Akbar" and was subsequently rebuked by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for spreading false information:
Superstation95 also falsely claimed that the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting occurred because the shooter was offended that pork was served at a Christmas party, that all cargo ships ceased transporting goods in January 2016, and that seafood was contaminated with "cancerous tumors" following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Secondary reporting claiming that Muslim men fired upon hikers (and that the media covered it up) appeared on a site that had previously inaccurately claimed Illinois had applied Sharia law to driver's licenses, that Target introduced "Sharia-compliant" checkout lanes, and that Muslims successfully banned Halloween at a New Jersey school.
Conservative talk radio host and outspoken Donald Trump supporter Michael Savage lashed out yesterday at former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, faced charges for grabbing and bruising Fields while she was asking the GOP presidential candidate a question at a campaign event in Florida.
Savage called the incident a “set-up” and said that the reporter’s bruises could have come from her boyfriend, who happens to be another conservative journalist.
Savage repeatedly attacked Fields as a deranged fame-seeker who wants to get on television, calling her a “narcissistic maniac” who “makes Megyn Kelly look like Mother Theresa.” He even urged Trump to press charges against Fields and warned that Fields “could have been a terrorist.”
“She could’ve stabbed him, she could’ve shot him, she could’ve blown herself up,” he said. “If I were running Donald Trump’s campaign, I would bring action against her for assault for assaulting a presidential candidate.” Trump himself said last night that a pen Fields was carrying during the incident could have been a “little bomb.”
Later, Savage said that “the chick reporter” is “out of control” and just one of the “sick people out there looking to make a name for themselves.”
He then added to his conspiracy theory by arguing that Lewandowski was only charged because the police in Jupiter, Florida, who brought the charges “obviously are puppets of the Cruz campaign.”
Some goofy girl in a weird outfit with eyeglasses on — she could’ve been a terrorist, the goofball could’ve had a suicide vest on, she could’ve had a knife, she could’ve had a gun, who knows who she is? The Secret Service failed Donald Trump. Lewandowski did the right thing. But because Florida is so anti-Trump and owned by the Cruz people, the Jupiter police obviously are puppets of the Cruz campaign, they brought charges against Lewandowski today. I think that Donald Trump is right when he says, ‘Can I press charges?,’ because I said it before he tweeted it. I say it’s ‘talk radio for the thinking person.’ Apparently Trump is a thinking person.
Then, Savage baselessly called Fields “a whiney little Cruz supporter” who “worked for the Cruz campaign.”
Savage even said that “Lewandowski should be given a medal by the U.S. government” for yanking Fields away from Trump because “she could’ve had a knife, could’ve had a gun, could’ve had an explosive vest.”
Assault charges against “the maniac narcissist” will “teach her a good lesson,” he said.
In an interview earlier today with far-right radio host Michael Savage, Donald Trump claimed that he has been “slandered” by the news coverage of his most recent feud with Sen. Ted Cruz.
The two leading GOP presidential candidates have been embroiled for nearly a week in an escalating feud surrounding Trump’s attacks on Cruz’s wife and a National Enquirer story alleging that Cruz has had several extramarital affairs, which the Cruz camp has claimed was placed by Trump confidants.
“It wasn’t me and Cruz ought to focus on other things, frankly, because I think it’s disgusting when he blames me,” Trump said. “Somebody in your world called me and said they had never seen anybody slandered like I’ve been slandered over the last week about the whole woman thing. Nobody respects women more than I do.”
“He started it, but I think it’s total garbage,” he later added. Savage, meanwhile, said that Hillary Clinton’s campaign likely “leaked” the story about Cruz’s purported affairs to Marco Rubio’s aides and “Little Marco’s people could’ve leaked it to turn you against each other.”
Trump, utterly incapable of staying on one subject for more than 20 seconds, quickly turned the conversation to his recent criticism of NATO and his view that the U.S. has been “undefeating” ISIS.
Trump said that he has several plans to go after ISIS but won’t reveal them in order to protect “the element of surprise.” However, he did reveal that under a Trump presidency the U.S. would “take the oil” in Libya and “make the rules” in the Geneva Convention “a lot tougher,” alleging that ISIS terrorists “are laughing at us” because the U.S. won’t torture.
He went on to hail the NYPD’s since-abandoned Muslim spying program as “the best in the world,” despite the fact that the program, according to the Associated Press, “never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.”
Donald Trump spoke today with right-wing conspiracy theorist Michael Savage about the Brussels terrorist attacks and, naturally, the GOP presidential frontrunner managed to smear Muslims and urged voters to reward him for his “vision.”
“We have to have tremendous surveillance and that includes the mosques,” Trump said. “We have to be intelligent people.”
Trump claimed that the attacks were sparked by the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the ISIS-linked terrorist behind the Paris attacks, and that people in Abdeslam’s neighborhood “were protecting him” because “they want to practice Sharia law.” He added: “We have to do something and we have to do it rapidly because the whole world is collapsing.”
After Savage said that “all terrorism is coming from the [Islamic] holy book,” Trump defended his proposal for a “temporary ban” on Muslims from entering the country.
“These people aren’t coming from Sweden or Norway or Denmark or, frankly, from China, they’re not coming from — they’re coming from a certain part of the world and we have to be smart and we cannot be politically correct,” Trump said. This reminded Trump to attack President Obama’s “humiliating” news conference in Cuba.
When Savage asked, “Would profiling be part of a Trump plan to combat terror?,” Trump said, “I would say yes.”
Trump hailed the city of New York’s Muslim spying program, calling it “the finest there is in the world and many people talked about it” and insisting that “it caught things before it was going to happen.” In reality, according to the AP, the unit he referred to “never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.”
He urged law enforcement officers to get tough on their targets, praising the use of waterboarding, and warning that Syrian refugees “could be fighters” and “the ultimate Trojan horse.” But the upside to these events, according to Trump, is that security concerns have increased his poll numbers. “I think it’s one of the reasons, and I wish it weren’t for this reason, that my poll numbers are so high,” he said.
Indeed, Trump touted his own wisdom, claiming that in Brussels he “saw a population that has hate, that has tremendous hate, I saw something that other people didn’t see and I hope that I’m going to be rewarded for having vision.”
“Now it’s a hellhole,” Trump said of Brussels. “I’m getting a lot of credit for having vision and for having foresight.”