Reacting to a violent attack on him at a San Francisco-area restaurant, talk-radio host and author Michael Savage said it’s “clearly open season on prominent Trump supporters.”
On Tuesday, as WND reported, the day of the launch of his new book, “Trump’s War: His Battle for America,” Savage was finishing up dinner Tuesday night at Servino Restaurant in Tiburon, California, when the unnamed assailant charged up to Savage and began yelling. The attacker kicked the poodle out of the way, grabbed Savage and threw him to the ground, according to an eyewitness. Savage was not seriously hurt, but the incident left him bloodied and shaken, and Savage’s lawyer said he will pursue charges, including hate crimes charges, because of Savage’s political views.
“It is clearly open season on prominent Trump supporters,” Savage told Breitbart.com.
“The fascist left has been empowered by their own false narrative that those who support borders, language and culture – my motto – are evil fascists!” he said. “This is how Hitler came to power. He used his brownshirts to beat any opponents. The media and police are almost wholly driven by this lie.”
“There is craziness in the air,” Savage told his listeners at his opened his show, “The Savage Nation,” Thursday after wondering aloud why his attacker was not arrested.
In an interview with WND about his new book, he said he decided to frame it as a battle plan because he knew Trump’s “big and unprecedented ideas” would face so much opposition from the left, including violent opposition.
Savage’s attorney, Dan Horowitz, says he will seek criminal charges.
“We’re going to seek felony charges against the man, and we’re going to investigate this as a hate crime because of Michael’s political views,” Horowitz told Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman.
The San Jose Mercury News reported a Tiburon police spokeswoman said a follow-up police report will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review to see if any charges will be filed.
Horowitz told the paper the assailant, about six feet five inches, approached the talk radio host “yelling insults.”
He noted Savage is about one foot shorter and is 75 years old.
Horowitz said Savage told the man to “go away” and it appears that the man knocked Savage to the ground while also pushing his dog out of the way.
At that point, Horowitz said, another customer from the restaurant intervened, and the assailant punched him in the face.
“He called me from the scene,” Horowitz told the paper. “Truthfully, I think he was more furious than anything. He was saying he had just wanted to go out and have a nice dinner. He said, ‘This guy can’t get away with that.’”
In a statement to Lieberman, Savage said he was leaving the restaurant “when a total stranger followed me out of the restaurant and confronted me.”
The man said, “Are you Michael Weeeeener?” mocking the radio host’s legal name, Weiner.
Savage said: “I turned to him and said, ‘Go away, I don’t know who you are.’ I turned to leave and he pushed me and I fell down. He moved toward me to push me down and he shoved my 10-pound poodle out of the way to get to me.
“He has lied and said I pushed him,” Savage said. “That is absurd. Both of my hands were holding onto things!”