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A protester throws a gas canister back at police during clashes at North and Pennsylvania avenues in Baltimore, April 28, 2015. Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage said the riots in Baltimore are evidence of a race war in the U.S. Reuters

The U.S. is in the midst of a “race war” and a “civil war” that will continue to heat up as President Barack Obama nears the end of his presidency, conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage said during a recent appearance on the Alex Jones show “Infowars.” Savage predicted that Obama would arm the gang members who served as a buffer between riot police and Baltimore residents as tempers flared last week over the police-involved death of Freddie Gray, who was black.

“Take the Crips and the Bloods, give them a green uniform and give them a weapon and they’ll keep order in the streets, won’t they?” Savage told Jones, according to clips posted to the far-right website WorldNetDaily, which also publishes Savage’s books. Savage said Obama has “the gangs in the streets on his side. He’s got them armed -- they’re armed to the teeth with illegal weapons, aren’t they?”

“And so you’re going to see more race war right up until the Labor Day of 2016 for an obvious reason, and some conspiracists fear that he’s going to declare martial law,” Savage continued. “I’m not so sure he needs to, because it doesn’t matter whether he’s in power or Hillary’s in power or another demon cat, it doesn’t matter. They’re all the same – they’re cut from the same cloth, they’re run by the same controllers, it doesn’t matter. They’re going to take the street garbage, they’re going to take the illegal immigrants and they’re going to warp the entire election.”

Savage called Obama “the smoothest con man America’s ever seen in the White House,” before adding, “He is Al Sharpton with a smoother act.”

Jones asked Savage to assess the score “right now between the patriots and the French Revolution crazies,” referring to Jones’ belief that Obama is looking to take over the country with a citizen army and instigate a civil war. “The guillotines are ready,” Savage said. “The guillotines are ready and they’re greasing the skins for the blades. Are they going to be successful? How much more successful can they be, Alex? Internment camps? I mean, what’s next for this group of maniacs?”

Jones, Savage and others on the rightist fringe believe Obama hinted at arming civilians during a speech in his first campaign for president when he called for a "civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the army. But the conspiracy theorists fail to point out that the quote, in its full context, is about expanding AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, which are not the Gestapo-like groups that radical conservatives fear Obama is trying to set up, according to