Savage on Obama: "America's first affirmative action candidate about to become president"

››› ››› HANNAH DREIER

Michael Savage said Sen. Barack Obama "benefited from affirmative action, stepping over more qualified white men, I actually lost as a result of affirmative action, many times in my life. ... [W]e have America's first affirmative action candidate about to become president."

During the October 27 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage said: "[Sen. Barack] Obama and I are on the opposite sides of the political spectrum, as you can well imagine. While he benefited from affirmative action, stepping over more qualified white men, I actually lost as a result of affirmative action, many times in my life. Although I'd get near 100s on certain exams, they put me at the back of the bus because they said -- the ACLU said -- certain people will have to put their futures on hold in order to let others advance, and take a look at where we are today -- we have America's first affirmative action candidate about to become president."

As Media Matters for America documented, Savage previously claimed that the Democratic presidential primary contest "is, or can be seen as, the first affirmative action election in American history," and added, "We have a woman and a multi-ethnic man running for office on the Democrat side. Is this not akin to an affirmative action election? Isn't that why the libs are hysterical, tripping over themselves to say amen and yes to this affirmative election vote?" Additionally, Media Matters has noted that Savage has previously called "civil rights" a "con" and has claimed that affirmative action stole his "birthright," and his "manhood."

Later in the October 27 broadcast, Savage said: "I think Obama is a dangerously deluded candidate. I think he is dangerously deluded because people have kissed his behind for his entire life. Being multiracial in Hawaii, the white liberals -- and I know them, I remember them -- the white liberals got on their hands and knees in front of him, and whatever he said, they agreed with. No one has ever challenged this man in his entire life."

Talk Radio Network, which syndicates Savage's show, claims that Savage is heard on more than 350 radio stations. The Savage Nation reaches at least 8.25 million listeners each week, according to Talkers Magazine, making it one of the most listened-to talk radio shows in the nation, behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show.

From the October 27 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:

SAVAGE: Obama claims to have been poor, but he, unlike me, benefited from affirmative action, while I suffered from affirmative action. You see, Obama and I are on the opposite sides of the political spectrum, as you can well imagine. While he benefited from affirmative action, stepping over more qualified white men, I actually lost as a result of affirmative action, many times in my life. Although I'd get near 100s on certain exams, they put me at the back of the bus because they said -- the ACLU said -- certain people will have to put their futures on hold in order to let others advance, and take a look at where we are today -- we have America's first affirmative action candidate about to become president.

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I think Obama is a dangerously deluded candidate. I think he is dangerously deluded because people have kissed his behind for his entire life. Being multiracial in Hawaii, the white liberals -- and I know them, I remember them -- the white liberals got on their hands and knees in front of him, and whatever he said, they agreed with. No one has ever challenged this man in his entire life. He sounds like an overly well-read student who was brainwashed by his professors first at ponaho -- Punahou, and then later on at Yale.

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Michael Savage
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