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Michael Savage: Anti-Semite?

I’ve come across Michael Savage’s radio show a few times now and then. Basically I dismissed him as being even more obnoxious as Ann Coulter and not nearly as intelligent. I hadn’t known he was an anti-Semite as well, but check out this quote from his radio show the other day referring to George Soros:

Hey George, let me tell you something, I don’t have as much money as you. I have 50,000 times the influence that you do, you punk, lying, coward, Satanist, backstabbing freak. You’re the people — people like you give Jews a bad name, Soros. It’s people like you who brought about the Holocaust, Soros. I stand by those words. I stand by those words. I would debate you tomorrow, Soros, on any platform, anywhere. I’ll debate you anywhere. It’s people like you who brought about the Holocaust, Soros.

Lovely.

At least Savage acknowledges that the Holocaust happened. On the other hand, he seems to be coming awfully close to saying that the Jews deserved the Holocaust, or at least “evil” Jews like George Soros (evil to Savage, anyway) did. Indeed, the imagery of “backstabbing” Jews echoes the Nazi propaganda that Germany lost World War I because it was “stabbed in the back” by Jews and Bolsheviks. As Sergey over at Holocaust Controversies put it:

Apparently, he [Savage] is crazy (literally). Basically, he blames “bad” Jews for the Holocaust. How nice. So maybe one should let the Nazis off the hook, if it were Jews like Soros who were responsible for the Holocaust?

I have to disagree with one point here. I don’t think that Michael Savage is any more “crazy” than Ann Coulter. I suspect that he knows exactly what he is doing. Still, certainly one has to wonder if that’s what Savage really means (that if “bad” Jews provoked the Nazis, then maybe the Nazis weren’t so bad), whether he realizes it on a conscious level or not. Certainly he leaves the impression that that’s what he might believe.

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