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He Didn't Call You a Nazi? Yes, He Did

11/01/2013 03:59 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

In an editorial Monday, The Denver Post slammed Mike McAlpine, a leader of the Evie-Hudak-recall campaign, for calling pro-Hudak protesters Nazi "Brownshirts," which, The Post pointed out, is "particularly ill-suited because Hudak is Jewish."

Gun-safety activist Tom Mauser, who lost a child at Columbine, was one of those protesters, and, he called Peter Boyles' radio show last Friday (Audio 1 at 30:00), to object. McAlpine originally delivered the "Brownshirts" comment on Boyles' KNUS show Oct. 21.

Boyles told Mauser that McAlpine did not level the "Brownshirts" attack, and then Boyles bullied Mauser into retracting his statement that McAlpine used the term "Brownshirts", even though McAlpine did, in fact, say on Boyles' show that pro-Hudak protesters were "Brownshirts."

After enduring Boyles for too long, Mauser departed from the show, and guess who joined Boyles? McAlpine!

Boyles told McAlpine all about his conversation with Mauser, telling McAlpine directly that the "word 'Brownshirt' was never used by you." (Click on Audio 2 here)

Not a word emerged from McAlpine's mouth to correct Boyles, even though Laura Waters, another leader of the Hudak recall campaign, told Boyles: "Thank you for that clarification. It wasn't [McAlpine who said "Brownshirts."]

Boyles hasn't responded to my emails asking for an on-air correction.

If he made one, I haven't heard it, and his treatment of Mauser was so gross, and it's even worse if you hear the audio (Audio 1 beginning at 30:00), you might want to join me in trying to get Boyles to apologize: Email him: Peter@710KNUS.com.

You can see the entire transcript of this exchange by clicking here, and I've pasted some of the worst of it below:

BOYLES: Would you retract that from Mike [McAlpine]? That's all I'm asking. [audio thud] Tom?

MAUSER: Would I retract it?

BOYLES: Yeah. Would you retract that he didn't say that.

MAUSER: He did say "Brownshirts".

BOYLES: No, he didn't.

MAUSER: What did he say?

BOYLES: Well, I don't -. Hey, I - a caller said "brownshirts." I remember it. You want to get Mike [McAlpine] - call Mike up.

MAUSER: Oh, okay, Oh, it was a caller that said it?

BOYLES: Yeah. A caller said it. He didn't say it....

Boyles tells Mauser toward the end of the exchange: You know what you've turned into? You've turned into one of those people I can't speak to anymore because you keep coming up with things that aren't true!...

Later in the show, with McAlpine and Laura Waters (Click on Audio 2 here):

Boyles: ...We had quite a knockdown, drag out with tom Mauser this morning

Boyles tells McAlpine: First of all, I need to make this clear, because I was making it clear to [Mauser], the word "Brownshirt" was never used by you and "goon" was never used by you. And his first accusation was you said those things. And I said no, that you had not said those things. That in fact, the word "goon" was me, and I think a caller - when we were naming the crew of people to help, and somebody used "brownshirt", but it certainly wasn't you.

WATERS: Thank you for that clarification. It wasn't.

BOYLES: And he came in loaded for bear {?} to talk about "Brownshirt" And I said, "First things first. I said 'goon' and 'Brownshirt' was made by a listener." And I asked him to make an apology to you, and it took a couple of minutes.