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Views expressed by Michael Savage

Michael Savage calls himself an "independent-minded individualist" and says that he "fits no stereotype." Savage criticizes "big government", homosexuality, and liberalism, accuses the media of "liberal bias," and champions environmentalism and animal rights. He has said that there are three aspects that define a nation: borders, language, and culture. He founded the Paul Revere Society in 1996 with his son Russell to protest illegal immigration and to "bring together Americans who actively seek to take back our borders, our language, and our traditional culture from the liberal left corroding our great nation. In 1998, the organization had approximately 4,000 members. On June 5, 2006, the IRS rescinded the tax-exempt status of The Paul Revere Society.

Remarks about immigration, feminism, and homosexuality

Savage states that America needs "only the strongest" immigration controls and that illegal immigration undermines national security and the economy. In March 2006, he said, "Clinton opened the door to Mexico, but Bush has taken it off its hinges." He advocates English as the official language of the United States. He has also called for "an outright ban on Muslim immigration.

Savage has said that he believes that European Americans are being erased from America and that he doesn't believe that a non-white majority would treat a white minority as "fairly as non-whites are treated today.

On April 10, 2006, Savage had described recent protesters in support of illegal aliens as "vermin who are trying to dictate to us how we should run America" and added that feminism and homosexuality are "destroying America." Savage's reply in a following program was that "vermin" referred to "...the leadership behind them...and I have described to you who they are. They are the communist Marxist bloc of International ANSWER.

Culture

In the mission statement of his group, the Paul Revere Society, Savage wrote that American culture centers around a strong family life and Judeo-Christian ethics..

Savage frequently accuses the national political parties of sharing identical philosophies and not having any real differences, and he uses the terms "Republicrat and Democan" to describe their members. Savage has stated on occasion that he had popularized the term "Islamofascism." It was originally coined in 1990 by Malise Ruthven.

Judaism

Savage is extremely critical of atheism and secularism. For instance, Savage frequently criticizes left-leaning Jewish activists, such as George Soros. On June 12, 2006, Savage said that Soros should "shut [his] mouth and understand the damage [he's] doing to this world and to the Jewish people," calling Soros among other things a "punk lying coward satanist backstabbing freak" and saying that people like Soros "brought about the Holocaust.

Savage has also accused certain Gentiles, such as Mel Gibson and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, of anti-Semitism. On May 15, 2006, Savage accused Carter of being a "Jew-hater through and through," called him a "war criminal," and compared him to Hitler.

On August 7, 2006, he said during his radio program: "That's why the department store dummy named Wolf Blitzer, a Jew who was born in Israel, will do the astonishing act of being the type that would stick Jewish children into a gas chamber to stay alive another day. He's probably the most despicable man in the media next to Larry King, who takes a close runner-up by the hair of a nose. The two of them together look like the type that would have pushed Jewish children into the oven to stay alive one more day to entertain the Nazis. (In reality, however, Wolf Blitzer was born in Buffalo, New York.)

Savage has mentioned his Jewish background on-air, referring to himself as a person who believes in an angry God, "as is portrayed in the Old Testament." Often though he simply refers to himself as having been brought up in an "immigrant family."

Views on religion

Savage was born into a Jewish family and has practiced traditions such as holding a Bar Mitzvah for his son. In a radio interview with Jerry Falwell on April 29, 2004, he disagreed with Falwell's view that people will go to Hell if they do not believe in the doctrine that Jesus is the unique Son of God. Savage says that he believes that religion is "a wheel" with God at the center and the world's major religions as "five spokes": Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. (See Universalism for a detailed explanation.)

On his July 18, 2006 show, Savage expressed some tolerance for atheism. He said that he has more respect for people who don't believe in God yet still decide to live by a moral code than he does for people who feel obliged to live by a moral code for fear of going to Hell. Savage has also stated many times that his father was an agnostic.

On his July 3, 2007 radio show, Savage was upfront about his Jewish heritage. After a caller complimented him for being an "inspirational representative of the Jewish people," Savage thanked the man and directly acknowledged his Jewish roots.

Savage has also stated that he was an atheist during the late 1970s. He regained his belief in God after an impromptu spiritual encounter with a Bay Area Catholic priest.

Defense of Marines accused of crimes in Hamdania, Iraq

Savage has attacked government officials for charging eight U.S. Marines with the death of an Iraqi man in the village of Hamdania. The seven Marines and Navy Corpsman, all members of the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, currently deployed in Iraq, were first confined to quarters in Iraq on May 12 after allegations rose over the April 26 attack on Iraqis. The servicemen were held in shackles and maximum restraint until late June 2006. Savage donated $5,000 to the legal defense of the Marines and Corpsman and has named the imprisoned Marines the "Pendleton 8.

Views on Homosexuality

On his February 26, 2007 broadcast, Savage commented on Melissa Etheridge's acceptance speech for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, in which she thanked her long time partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, with whom she has raised two children. He said, "I don't like a woman married to a woman. It makes me want to puke...I want to vomit when I hear it. I think it's child abuse." Later in the same broadcast when asked by a caller how to explain homosexuality to the caller's child, Savage replied:

"You say there are people who are sexually confused, who think that they're men when they're women. They're not normal. Normal people are not like that. Normal people are like Mommy and Daddy. Mommy and Daddy are normal. There are people who are not normal, who have a confusion in their head, and they think they're a man even though they look like a woman. That's what you have to say to them otherwise the child will grow up confused."

From Savage's Newsmax column: "Will Dems Next Claim Ballot Machines Are Racist, Sexist and Homophobic?" - November 27, 2000

"Were the ballot machines homophobic because some weak-wristed types had insufficient strength to press hard enough to register a vote? (This coming as close to them making anything pregnant for as long as they live.)

From Michael Savage's column: "Liberte, Equalite, Perversite: The New Whorled Order" - March 22, 2000

"Your children's future is what we're talking about, a matter of life and death for their future. The gay and lesbian mafia wants our children. If it can win their souls and their minds, it knows their bodies will follow. Of course, it wants to homosexualize the whole country, not just the children. This is all part of the war that is going on. Maybe you don't want to face up to it, but it's a very real war. It's being inflicted on the American people by the radical gay lobby, which is now everywhere.

The Savage Nation, HIV Immigration Ban p. 111

"Such increased exposure of the general public to the HIV virus and other blood-borne microbes known to occur in the sexually promiscuous would multiply the death rate many times. Apparently this is overshadowed by gay sensitivities and the quest for gay votes."

Transgender Issues

The Savage Nation, pp. 41-42 ("Sex Changes in San Francisco")

"The unenlightened, provincial, 'progressive' lemmings leading San Francisco have taken another giant leap backward in deciding to pay for sex-change surgery and all the 'counseling' and hormone shots for 'Tommys' who want to be 'Bettys' and for 'Barbaras' who really want to be 'Willys.'

"'This is very much a civil rights issue,' said one of the city's supervisors. 'This is about equal benefits for equal work.' Equating sexual insanity with race is a dangerous and demeaning precedent. There is no historical, anthropological, or medical evidence supporting such surgical insanity. Except for religious-inspired mutilation, had the ancients encountered a man holding a knife to his penis they would have restrained him as mad and constrained him to prevent such self-violence."

On his March 20, 2007 Savage Nation talk show, he referred to a transgender murder victim as a "freak" and a "psychopath," stating that the victim "should have been in a back ward in a straitjacket for years, howling on major medication... What's this sympathy, constant sympathy for sexually confused people? Why should we have constant sympathy for people who are freaks in every society? I didn't say hurt the freaks. I didn't say do anything to the freaks. But you know what? You're never gonna make me respect the freak. I don't want to respect the freak. The freak ought to be glad that they're allowed to walk around without begging for something.

On his March 23, 2007 show, he stated, "The wages of sin are death. You're gonna cut off your willy, you're gonna walk around in women's clothes, you're gonna hook -- you're gonna wind up dead under a freeway, Johnson. It's not gonna be an HBO special about your travails and how surgery made you a happy woman. I never understand these people. Guy is fifty-five years old. He had three children. He discovers there was a woman within, and he goes -- shots and hormones, three years of hormones, and live like a woman. And then you gotta dress like a woman for two years. And then they go to a psychopathic, sadistic doctor who does the thing for them. No more in Denmark -- I mean, the capital of it is somewhere in Colorado, of course, near Columbine. You wonder why the kids shoot each other there with black raincoats. But that's the sex change capital of the world -- in America, rather -- is somewhere in Colorado; they cut off the willies and they put on the willies, depending on whether you're a Johnny or a Jane. And apparently it costs more to put a willy on than it does to take a willy off. I've always said if a city's gonna pay for this kind of insane self-mutilation, the least they could do is put a willy on ice. I mean, if they're taking a perfectly good willy off a guy, why throw it in the garbage? Put it on ice, save it for the next time one of these psycho women in the city wants to be willied, I mean wants to be a John when she's a Jane. Because it costs like forty grand to put one on and twenty grand to take one off. I would say you can do a mean price of thirty grand if they could start saving the willies from these psychos. But that's a separate story. I'm into cost saving at all costs.

Involvement in the 2008 presidential election

Michael Savage’s announcement on February 5, 2007 in a News Max interview that he was mulling a run for the Republican nomination for President created instant buzz, both in support and against his decision. Of his chances, Savage stated in the News Max interview, "I would think that somebody who's not a politician might be a viable candidate."

On March 12, he criticized Republican candidates John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, and Mitt Romney for refusing to meet him on his radio show to discuss political issues of which Savage planned to question them.

Talking about what he would do as President, Savage has stated towards liberals that "You wouldn't be in business too long. I can guarantee you, you'd be arrested for sedition within six months of my taking power. I'd have you people licking lead paint, what you did to this country."

Savage’s place in the Republican party

Though Savage says that he has little chance of winning, he has said that "a non-politician who has a very large following, who is very conservative, and who believes in a simple message of borders, language, and culture, has a great chance of electrifying the American people." He is extremely critical of the current frontrunners for the Republican nomination, saying that they have "completely failed the conservatives who elected the Republicans during the Gingrich revolution.”

Recalling the 2004 Democratic primaries, Savage said, "Guys like Kucinich and Sharpton, clearly unqualified for this job, were given equal time on the podium during the debates with the leading candidates such as Kerry and Gore." (Though in reality, former Vice President Al Gore did not run for President in 2004.)

Savage has earlier criticized the Bush administration and referred to George W. Bush at one time as a "traitor", saying that "the dial has not been moved on the Republicans with somewhat socialist tendencies at all because there's been no debate. The Bush dynasty, the Bush machine, has literally wiped out any vestige of controversy for six years. They've eliminated it."

However, in a recent article posted on his site, Savage has taken a much more positive attitude towards Bush, stating that "George W. Bush may be remembered as the greatest American president. America was on the verge of boiling over with anger at one liberal decision after another. Bush has many failings, but when it comes to the core issues of our civilization, he does the right thing." - this was written on an article posted on his site after the Supreme Court ruling in the District of Columbia v. Heller case.

Criticism of Republican Presidential candidates

In a February 2007 interview with NewsMax.com Savage discussed running for president of the U.S. He also gave his opinions of some announced or potential Republican Party presidential candidates, saying generally that "none seem qualified."

  • John McCain — "McCain . . . what does McCain stand for? He ran in the mantle of Barry Goldwater and then he completely humiliated that legacy by being a senator in the mold of a Rockefeller Republican rather than showing any tinges of Goldwater conservatism."
  • Rudy Giuliani — "He has not got a ghost of a chance to be president. He's for Giuliani and no one else. He's too liberal; favoring gay marriage, for example, and he made New York City an asylum city for illegal aliens. He has no conservative credentials."
  • Newt Gingrich — "He is intellectually brilliant, but I think . . . he's unelectable because he has too much history."
  • Fred Thompson — "Glue Horse."
  • Mitt Romney — "I don't know the man, but his policies seem to be all over the map."

On May 17, 2007, Savage, on his broadcast, said, "Romney will be the next President of the United States. It will come down to him and Hillary, and he will win in a landslide."

Weeks later, Savage questioned Romney's stance on gay marriage after the former governor used the words "it's the American way" in his response to a question on the topic during a rally/press conference.

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