Colorado Radio Host Says He Was Fired after Criticizing Trump

Colorado Radio Host Says He Was Fired after Criticizing Trump

A host for a conservative radio station in Denver claims he was suddenly fired after criticizing President Trump during his Saturday morning show.

Craig Silverman had been replaying portions of a 2015 interview with Trump ally Roger Stone. In the interview, Silverman told Stone, convicted Friday of witness tampering and lying to Congress, he was bothered by Trump’s relationship with lawyer and mentor Roy Cohn. It was at this time when Silverman’s managers cut him off and switched to network news, the Denver Post reports.

“You’re done,” Silverman recalled the program director for 710 KNUS telling him after abruptly entering the studio. Silverman told the newspaper that he was planning on discussing “how toxic Trump is in Colorado” and how Democrats in Congress were “making a strong case” for impeachment.

“I cannot and will not toe strict Trump party line,” Silverman wrote in a Tweet Saturday afternoon. “I call things as I see them. I see corruption and blatant dishonesty by President and his cronies.”

The website for Silverman’s show has since been deactivated.

Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday morning, Silverman, who is also a lawyer, provided additional context.

“I was frustrated that we couldn’t talk about the facts of the impeachment case and it all came to a head as I was excoriating Donald Trump on my show yesterday,” he explained. Right-wing hosts like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, he added, “don’t want to address the facts of this important and consequential matter.”

KNUS broadcasts a syndicated show by Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s personal attorneys. The station is part of Salem Radio Network, whose on-air hosts include Lou Dobbs and Sebastian Gorka, both staunch Trump defenders.

Watch the video above, via CNN.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.