Hillary Clinton didn’t do a thing while secretary of State to help Michael Savage get his ban from the United Kingdom lifted, despite the top-ranked radio host’s request for her to use her diplomatic station to sway British authorities into admitting his speech was hardly vitriolic or dangerous.
That’s according to the latest revelation from WikiLeaks.
Here’s the story, from WND:
“Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton determined not to lift a finger to persuade the United Kingdom to lift its ban on travel by talk-show kingpin and bestselling author Michael Savage in an email to her chief legal counsel Cheryl Mills posted by WikiLeaks.
“In addition, in a followup email, Mills explains the kind of ban imposed by the U.K. on Savage could happen in the United States under current law.
“The June 5, 2009, email with a subject line of ‘Savage holding pattern and next steps,’ is from Clinton herself from her private email account – firstname.lastname@example.org – to Mills at her official State Department email address – email@example.com.
“From the context of two emails on the subject of Savage’s ban from the U.K., it appears Joan Donoghue, then deputy legal adviser at the State Department, looked into controversy and reported on it to Mills, Jacob Sullivan, then deputy chief of staff for Clinton and now a foreign policy adviser to her campaign, among others.
“Donoghue’s brief report said: ‘The demarche was delivered Friday in London, to FCO and Home Office officials. The Embassy passed your letter to them, drawing their attention in particular to Mr. Savage’s statement that he had never advocated violence and that his statements had never instigated violence. The British officials said that, given Mr. Savage’s legal action in the UK, Treasury solicitors would contact his legal representatives directly to provide details of the comments that had given rise to the decision to exclude him.’
“In response, Clinton emailed her top aides at State: “Joan makes good points. Let’s hold on doing anything until we all talk.”
In another email to Clinton the same day, Mills then wrote how the U.K. ban could even be used against Savage in the United States.
Here’s the text:
“Mills wrote: ‘On Michael Savage: Joan wanted everyone to clearly understand before any further discussion occurred with UK that Savage’s exclusion could also have occurred under our legal regime so to the extent we want to suggest to UK that his exclusion on free speech grounds is inappropriate (or any thing of that like) that we should understand we may appear slightly hypocritical given our legal regime and actions.’”
Think: Mills could actually be White House counsel one day, if Clinton wins the White House.
Savage, in response, was his usual blunt self.
To WND, he said:
“‘I have long believed that someone in the Clinton camp worked in cahoots with the socialist Labor Party government to destroy my career. These emails show that Mrs. Clinton herself had the power to appeal to the British government to remove my name from their banned list but refused to do so. Why? As an American citizen I appealed to Hillary Clinton as secretary of state to defend my First Amendment rights. She refused to do so. Why?’
Savage was banned from the United Kingdom in 2009 after the government decided his speech was too provocative and could promote violence. Others banned around the same time were terrorists and neo-Nazis who had committed murder.
In announcing the bans, the Home secretary at the time, Jacqui Smith, said this:
“Smith explained to Britain’s GMTV that she believed it was ‘important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it’s a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won’t be welcome in this country.’
“‘Coming to this country is a privilege,’ she said. ‘If you can’t live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country and, what’s more, now we will make public those people that we have excluded.’
“In an interview with the BBC, Smith said Savage, the No. 3-rated radio host in the U.S., is ‘someone who has fallen into the category of fomenting hatred, of such extreme views and expressing them in such a way that it is actually likely to cause inter-community tension or even violence if that person were allowed into the country.’”
Oh, give me a break. This is radical liberalism at its worst. And for a U.S. official to give a not-so-silent nod for the United Kingdom to trounce First Amendment rights so purely out of bias is more than egregious – it’s just freaking evil.
As WND reported:
“The U.K. list also included Hamas leader Yunis Al-Astal, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Stephen Donald Black, neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe and radical American pastor Fred Phelps, known for his virulent anti-gay protests at funerals. Phelps’ daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper also is on the list.
“Others on the list are Jewish nationalist Mike Guzovsky; imprisoned Russian skinhead leaders Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky; and Islamic leaders Wadgy Abd El Hamied Mohamed Ghoneim, Abdullah Qadri Al Ahdal, Safwat Hijazi , Amir Siddique, Abdul Ali Musa, Samir Al Quntar and Nasr Javed.
“Said Savage, ‘How can a nation put me on a list and leave hate preachers in England who say that we’re going to kill all of you? We’re going to convert all of you to Islam. How is it possible that those hate preachers can’t be deported from Britain, but I can be banned from Britain? People who advocate actual murder cannot be deported from Britain.
‘How is it that liberalism has gotten so distorted and cowardly?’”
Savage’s latest best-selling book – and he has many – is called “Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country After Obama.”