Trump ally and right-wing radio host Michael Savage is calling for a government takeover of media following a shooting at a baseball practice of Republican members of Congress that left five people injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who is still in critical condition.
The assailant, later identified by law enforcement officials as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson II, was killed during a shootout with police.
In response to the shooting, Savage questioned whether Trump should “take control of Twitter” and asked, “Is it time for the government to take control of the out-of-control pirates on social media … who do not monitor left-wing haters?”
He also called for removing MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and other ‘liberals’ from the airwaves by the federal government, citing “their constant drumbeat of their hatred against Trump and Republicans, calling for, among other things, resistance with their sneers every night,” reports Media Matters.
Savage argued that CNN and MSNBC were “practicing a silent form of jihad against America” and demanded that Republicans “call a hearing a make the heads of CNN and MSNBC answer to them as to what they are doing to curtail the sneering hatred of Rachel Madcow (sic) in particular.”
Savage ended his tirade by warning that the violence and hatred created by the media’s “jihad” “is only the beginning,” claiming the shooter was inspired to violence by “the hatred for Republicans and Trump” of the media.
In contrast, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said President Trump is “partially” to blame for the hostility in the nation that led to the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others at a congressional baseball practice.
“I would argue the president has unleashed, partially, again not in anyway totally, but partially to blame for the demons that have been unleashed,” Sanford said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”