As one of his biggest supporters during the presidential election campaign, Michael Savage vowed to hold Donald Trump’s feet to the fire should he win, ensuring that the real-estate billionaire fulfills his promise to reform Washington.
Less than a week after Trump’s victory, the nationally syndicated talk-radio host is keeping his word, criticizing the appointment of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.
“We’ve gone from RINOs to Rinso in one election,” Savage told WND, dubbing Priebus with the name of the iconic laundry soap.
Savage said he wanted to make it clear he was not turning on Trump.
“I’m not attacking Trump at all,” he told WND. “I am advising Trump to beware. Because, if he loses his base on the first day, what’s going to happen in the first month?
“This is a criticism of the establishment that is so all-powerful that they’ve already entangled him,” Savage explained.
Savage has described his latest book, “Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country After Obama,” as “an architectural plan for Trump.” Trump has been a frequent guest on the “The Savage Nation,” including on Election Day in the hours before Trump stunned establishment media and pundits with his victory over Hillary Clinton.
He noted Priebus has argued for embracing “comprehensive immigration reform,” which opponents regard as de facto amnesty. And back in April, Savage pointed out, Priebus said he would not let the Trump campaign take over the Republican Party apparatus if he won the nomination, the New York Times reported.
“If we don’t raise our voices now, and say, ‘No, over our dead bodies you’re not doing this to us again, Boehner and McConnell, who are they going to put on the Supreme Court?” Savage asked.
“Are we going to get the conservative judges we were promised, or are we going to get middle-of-the-roaders like Roberts, RINO-Rinso judges?” he asked. “On trade, will the Rinsos pass TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), after we were told they were going to oppose TPP?
“We know what they did to us in 2014,” Savage said, referring to the omnibus spending bill and other measures regarded as a betrayal of a party base that gave the GOP sizable majorities in Congress in the midterm elections. “Didn’t Boehner do exactly this, Boehner and McConnell? They promised all and gave nothing.”
Savage acknowledged that the appointment of former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon as senior adviser to Trump provides a counterbalance to Priebus, but he argued Priebus will be leading the effort to fill 4,000 administration positions.
“Priebus will create the top layer of bureaucracy in the country, not Bannon,” Savage said. “Trump could have chosen Bannon, but he didn’t.”
He also noted that the chief of staff is the gatekeeper to the White House.
“He decides who sleeps in the Lincoln bedroom,” Savage said.
“We’re going to have lobbyists; we’re going to have Republican loyalists. We’ll have the same, exact thing we got under Boehner and McConnell,” said Savage.
“Who do you think they’re going to pick? They’re not going to pick young Turks who want to change Washington. They want the status quo.
“It’s going to be the Chamber of Commerce. It’s as though Jeb Bush won.”
Savage added a word of perspective, however, imagining the alternative.
“Even if we only get 10 percent of what Trump promised us, we’re 1,000 percent better than if she had won,” he said, referring to Clinton.
“Remember what she would have done,” Savage said.
“The Second Amendment would have been gone, the First Amendment emasculated. She would have increased the surveillance state, she would have flooded America with Muslims, raised taxes on the middle class, and day and night propaganda about the evils of the white race.”