Talk-radio icon Michael Savage says GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is winning because he’s pushing the ideas that Savage himself has been bringing to the American public for years already.
In a monologue on Wednesday, Savage, heard by 10 million listeners a week and syndicated in more than 300 markets, said “The Savage Nation” has now “risen to national prominence through the victories of Donald Trump.”
“For 21 years my message has been borders, language, culture,” Savage told his listeners. “My last three to four books, if you look at them … my solutions for saving America. Many of these bullet points or talking points have been and are being used by the Trump campaign, to the credit of Donald Trump, and, of course, to the benefit of the United States of America.
“And I’m going to take credit, not for getting out the vote, I certainly wouldn’t take credit for that, but for being the architect of Trump’s messaging.”
On Trump’s campaign positions page, he lists U.S.-China trade reform, Veterans Administration reforms, tax reform, Second Amendment rights and immigration reform as priorities.
On the day he announced he was campaigning for the GOP nomination for president, Trump pointed out that the illegal aliens coming into the U.S. across the southern border sometimes bring crime with them.
Savage three years ago responded to a listener on that issue.
Confronted by the assertion that immigration is needed, Savage pointed out, “Wouldn’t a sane and rationale society select the types of immigrants they want, rather than a willy-nilly wholesale amnesty for 30 million, many of whom don’t even work?”
He cited the 30 percent of prisoners in the United States who are illegal aliens.
Listen to Michael Savage’s comments:
Savage said his message has been echoed by the Trump campaign.
“There is no way to refute that. Everyone who understands the realities of what Trump is doing and why he is popular understands it’s related to what I have written going back to several books now,” he said.
“I have been on the air for 21 years. My message has been borders, language, culture. Tell me how that differs from Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again. It’s almost the same message. Single slogan, no, as the slogan goes, no it is not the same. But fundamentally Make America Great Again means borders, language, culture. We all know that.”
Savage, the recipient of the “Freedom of Speech Award” from Talkers Magazine, famously is the only member of the U.S. media ever blacklisted and banned from a Western nation.
As WND reported, in 2009 Britain put Savage on a list of 16 people banned from entry because the government believed their views might provoke violence. But the U.K. never specified which statements it found to be dangerous.
Savage holds a master’s degree in medical botany and a second in medical anthropology. His Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences.
On the Second Amendment, Trump says: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.”
Savage said in 2011, “Only an armed nation will survive.”
On tax reform, Trump, who now has won early voting contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, after a close second-place finish in Iowa, advocates for tax relief for the middle class and simplifying the tax code.
On Savage’s Facebook page, Janine Ninid Wooten wrote, “We are doing a victory lap with you.”