Radio Host Craig Silverman Says He Was Fired Mid-Show For Criticizing Trump: 'I See Corruption and Blatant Dishonesty'

A talk radio host has claimed he was fired mid-show after criticizing President Donald Trump.

Craig Silverman told The Denver Post that he had been in the middle of a segment about Roy Cohn, Trump's former personal attorney, on the conservative KNUS radio station when he was told by the station's program director that he was "done."

Silverman, who had hosted The Craig Silverman Show on Saturday mornings at the station for more than five years, told The Post that his last segment before he was taken off the air had been to "observe how toxic Trump is in Colorado."

He also took to Twitter after his sudden dismissal to say he would not "toe strict Trump party line."

Silverman's program is no longer listed on the station's website. Newsweek has contacted Silverman and KNUS for comment.

Colorado State Rep. Dylan Roberts responded to Silverman's firing by saying it was a "sad day for Colorado and the First Amendment." He added on Twitter: "Toe the Trump line instead of talking about law and facts if you want a show?'

Silverman responded by thanking Roberts and added that he would not turn a blind eye to the "corruption and blatant dishonesty by the President and his cronies."

"I cannot and will not toe strict Trump party line. I call things as I see them," he wrote on Twitter. "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."

In a post on Facebook, he added: "The 95% nice reaction to my firing has been most appreciated. That is a strange sentence to write but it has been a strange Saturday."

Silverman added that he will appear on CNN's Reliable Sources to discuss his firing with Brian Stelter.

Joe Walsh, a Republican candidate for president, branded Silverman's dismissal pathetic. He wrote on Twitter: "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."

Silverman, who is a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver, has said he voted for Trump in 2016 and supported him in the early days of his presidency, but recent comments show he no longer stands by the president.

"Lawyers have special responsibility to call out bullcrap like vicious smear tweet against Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. 45 loves right to criticize but never wants to testify. Or let anyone near the truth. Or his taxes. Bad!" he wrote on Twitter Saturday evening.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Silverman had called Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who has testified in the impeachment hearings, an "American hero." He added: "I have seen countless witnesses testify and she was one of the all-time finest. Her poise, courage and credibility inspire me."

"I voted for Trump in 2016 because the Democrats had moved too far left for me and I feared the Clintons were corrupt," he wrote in an op-ed for The Colorado Sun last week.

"Most of my guests and listeners are conservative, and I understand their difficulty digesting damaging facts against their hero, Donald Trump. But let's not hide from hard truths or label it fake news. Let's talk about it."

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zach Gibson/Getty Images
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