In an interview with Brietbart posted on Wednesday, popular conservative radio host Michael Savage accused Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top epidemiologist, of not being a scientist. He also compared Fauci and Dr. Deoborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, to witch doctors who use sorcery to control populations.
Throughout the interview with Brietbart’s Josh Caplan, the well-known radio host and best-selling author offered a range of dark perspectives on the presidential election, the state of America’s economy, and other topics covered in his upcoming book, Our Fight for America: The War Continues. But it was Savage’s comments on the coronavirus pandemic that stood out.
First, Savage took issue with the number of deaths resulting from the deadly virus, downplaying the death toll by attributing the vast majority of deaths to non Covid-19 illnesses that were co-morbidities. Whereas official totals of U.S. deaths to date exceed 190,000, in the interview Savage falsely claims that only 8,000 have actually died from the highly contagious coronavirus.
The radio commentator then went on blame Dr. Fauci for mistakes related to the nation’s response to the pandemic. The bad decision to lockdown the nation, in Savage’s opinion was “based on Dr. Fauci — who I call Dr. Fraudy — he’s like a zombie bad guy,” Savage said. “He is a power-mad career bureaucrat, who survived over 40 years in the NIH. What does that tell us about him? He’s a politician, he’s not a scientist at all.”
Savage, then spun additional conspiracy theories about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, who have been at the forefront of the nation’s coronavirus response.
“Moreover, I saw this coming because I’m a trained epidemiologist,” Savage said. “I also keep referring to a scientific paper that I’ve carried with me since the 1970s called Sorcery, Illness, and Social Control in a Philippine Municipality. It’s all about how witch doctors used illness to control the populations in villages through fear. People like Fauci and Dr. Birx are sorcerers, they’re not scientists. They use sorcery.”
Savage, whose real name is Michael Alan Weiner, has come a long way from his early days when he was contemporary and friend of legendary progressive Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. His radio show, The Savage Nation, remains very popular with conservative audiences who appreciate his political perspectives as well as his commentary on a wide range of topics. Savage has also courted controversy, being accused in the past of making comments that many have deemed racist, homophobic, and Islamophobic.
However, it is Savage’s newest comments that are certain to raise eyebrows amidst the pandemic and a highly-charged presidential election. On the same day of the releaseof audio tapes of President Trump acknowledging he had intentionally downplayed the lethality of the coronavirus, Savage postulated an equally distorted theory that casts doubt on the integrity of America’s medical leadership handling the crisis. Unfortunately, the real truth is that spreading such inflammatory conspiracy theories doesn’t take a sorcerer…
It apparently only takes a Savage.