Talk host Michael Savage called the founding fathers “slave-holding demagogues” on his Friday national radio show, telling his listeners he was tired of the right invoking past leaders.
Savage posed the question to his listeners: Would they support a so-called “nationalist” candidate for president that kept in line with his long-standing emphasis on borders, language and culture?
One place, however, Savage indicated it would be inappropriate to look would be back at history to the nation’s founding and the men who were behind it.
“Would you support a nationalist candidate, OK?” Savage said. “I will change the question from a ‘nationalist party,’ I’ll change it. Would you support a nationalist candidate running on the Republican ticket? I don’t want to hear the word ‘conservative’ anymore. It has no meaning whatsoever because I don’t want to hear any more about George Washington or people with false teeth. I don’t want to hear about the old men who created America. They’re not gods. They were just slave-holding demagogues, all of them.”
Savage may have been reacting to his Cumulus lead-in and long-time rival Mark Levin, who had spent a substantial amount of time on his show earlier discussing the book he co-authored with his father, Jack Levin, “George Washington: The Crossing.”
He continued his attack on the nation’s founders and added former President Ronald Reagan to those he was tired of hearing about, explaining it was time to talk about the here and now.
“Some of them were smart,” he continued. “Some of them were stupid. Some of them were mean. Some of them were good. Some of them had constipation. Let’s stop turning them into gods. Let’s stop turning Ronald Reagan into God. I can’t stand it anymore. I’m sick of it. I need to live here and now. I don’t want to hear any more about men walking around with britches on and wigs. I want to talk about today, now, America. I want a nationalist candidate.”