Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage said last week that veterans with PTSD are a bunch of crybabies who should act like men and stop complaining because they’re bringing the entire country down.
According to Right Wing Watch, Savage was in the middle of a discussion about whether or not the city of San Francisco should rename a road tunnel after comedian Robin Williams, who committed suicide earlier this year.
The right-leaning host was on the air with a caller who supported the naming of the tunnel after the famous comic. Savage said to honor Williams would only promote suicide. The caller, a veteran with PTSD, said that people who struggle with depression and other forms of mental illness deserve to not be stigmatized.
Savage abruptly hung up on the former serviceman and went into a rant about the current state of society.
“I am so sick and tired with everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression. Everyone wants their hand held and a check, a government check. What, are you the only generation that had PTSD? The only generation that’s depressed?” he demanded.
America’s problems, he said, stem from people choosing to “cry like a little baby” rather than pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get on with their lives.
“If the whole nation is told, ‘boo-hoo-hoo, come and get a medication, come and get treatment, talk about mental illness,’ you know what you wind up with? You wind up with Obama in the White House and lawyers in every phase of the government, that’s what you wind up with,” Savage ranted. “It’s a weak, sick nation. A weak, sick, broken nation.”
Savage called modern men “a bunch of losers” and said, “You need men like me to save the country. You need men to stand up and say stop crying like a baby over everything.”
Today’s men, he said, “are so weak and so narcissistic” that they deserve to be beaten by ISIS.
Listen to audio of Savage’s remarks, embedded below: