A conservative radio commentator in Denver says he was fired mid-show by his bosses at KNUS for openly expressing his distaste for President Donald Trump, according to the Denver Post.
Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver, says he was in the middle of a segment about former Trump attorney Roy Cohn when station executives cut him off and inserted a news break.
He told the Denver daily that station program director Kelly Michaels barged into the studio and said, “You’re done.”
In a tweet after the show, Silverman said he was fired for refusing to toe the Republican Party line about President Trump.
Thanks Dylan. I cannot and will not toe strict Trump party line. I call things as I see them. I see corruption and blatant dishonesty by President and his cronies. I also see bullying/smearing of American heroes w/courage to take oath and tell truth. Their bravery inspires me. https://t.co/o9Z4cb7pfe— Craig Silverman (@craigscolorado) November 16, 2019
Silverman, who had hosted his show for five years, says he voted for Trump in 2016 but has soured on the president since. The last segment on the show that was preempted was going to “observe how toxic Trump is in Colorado,” he told the Post. “And to continue my show theme today that Democrats are making a strong case at the House impeachment hearing.”
Executives at KNUS did not respond to request for comment about the host’s fate, but the web page promoting “The Craig Silverman Show” has been removed from the station’s website. KNUS is owned by Salem Media Group, which specializes in Christian and conservative content.
Some fellow conservatives criticized Silverman’s dismissal, among the Republican presidential hopeful Joe Walsh.
Pathetic. @craigscolorado was a great, honest voice on the radio. But @SalemMediaGrp & almost all of conservative talk radio don’t want honesty. They want Trump worship. Salem got rid of @MedvedSHOW because he wouldn’t worship Trump & they pressured me to worship Trump. Pathetic. https://t.co/DYsoogd3cK— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 17, 2019
Trump supporters, however, said the move was long overdue.
Silverman was scheduled to appear on CNN Sunday morning to discuss his dismissal.