(Ann Coulter by Gage Skidmore, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

Political junkies and those interested in the news look to pundits for opinions. It’s the reason you’re here at The Right Side Pundit.

Conservative and right-leaning commentators are everywhere and it’s difficult to sort the truly inspirational from the one’s who like to shout a lot.

This is a personal list. I’ll say it again, personal. These are certainly not the greatest right-wing commentators of all time. If that were the case this list may be completely different. I’d have to be on that list!

No, I’m taking a look at the most influential commentators that I grew up on. Everyone on this list had a huge infFreluence on me politically.

You’ll find some similarities between them. No one from this list is a country club Republican that loves the establishment and dwells in the mainstream media.

While there’s no denying the massive influence that Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have, I just don’t find myself craving the popular mainstream watered down opinions.

In this war between the right and the left I can respect those guys, but I also look for opinions that are insightful and not regurgitated. I gravitate towards the alternative media. Perhaps that’s why I started my own blog and ventured out here in this new media landscape.

Again, no traditional Republicans here, only people that are against the grain that demand real change.

My top five personal favorite right-leaning commentators that influenced my politics while growing up:

1) Michael Savage

Michael Savage is an author, nutritionist and conservative political commentator. Most known for being a radio host, his show is The Savage Nation is one of the biggest in the country.

I don’t listen to a lot of talk radio. You’d think I would since it’s dominated by the right-wing.

I was often looking for a conservative radio host that speaks my language, and Michael Savage was that guy. I crave outsider and edgy opinions, the ones not found in the mainstream talking points.

He has an interesting way of communicating and his program is always entertaining. Like everyone else on this list, he’s not your typical Republican, if he even considers himself that.

Savage is often associated with the extreme right and was even banned from Britain. Which is absolute nuts. He is on the same list as crazy Islamists.

And don’t even get the man started on illegal immigration, he takes a hard-line stance on the issue. “Borders, language and culture” is his most popular phrase.

Trump being the only candidate to lead the fight on illegal immigration is what attracted Savage to become a Trump supporter. In fact he’s had Trump on his show numerous times. The two have gotten to know and respect one another.

He often obliterates nasty callers and leftists alike. There is no nice guy talk with him, if he doesn’t like what you have to say he’ll eat your lunch on the airwaves.

He’s a true conservative and fellow patriot, the perfect voice and opinions for talk radio.

2) Alex Jones

Alex Jones is really something else. He is the founder of Infowars and is the radio host of The Alex Jones Show (which you can watch clips of on their Youtube channel).

Alex Jones is the poster child of political conspiracies. He believes the globalists are made up of various special interests ranging from the big banks and crony corporate elites that are controlling the politicians to usher in a one world government.

I’d recommend anyone interested in learning what he’s all about to watch one of his documentary films.

I could probably do a whole post on conspiracy theories. Do I believe some? Yes, but it’s hard to prove any. That’s what makes them conspiracies, they just haven’t been proven yet. Doesn’t mean they all are automatically false.

Always question and seek answers for yourself. If you watch the mainstream media and simply believe what you see at face value then you are nothing but a sheep.

What can I say, I’m highly skeptical of government. I’m conservative after all. But I’m not your average conservative, I can’t stand establishment sell-outs from either the Republican or Democratic party.

Neither can Alex Jones, an important reason that led him to become a vocal Trump supporter. He once interviewed Trump and has spoken on the phone with him personally.

So, Alex Jones. An over the top libertarian Trump supporter that is fighting the New World Order globalists. I love it, Alex Jones is awesome.

3) Roger Stone

Roger Stone is a famous political consultant and Lobbyist for major players in the Republican Party. Being the political operative and insider he’s been for his entire career in politics, it’s no wonder why there is interest for his insight.

He’s played a key part in the election of Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, both the Bushes, and more recently, Donald J. Trump.

He’s also the author of numerous books, such as The Clintons’ War on Women,  Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family, and his latest book: The Making of the President 2016. I’ve picked up quite a few of his works and all are fantastic reads.

Stone is often viewed as a dirty trickster working in a contact sport where just about anything goes. I don’t blame Stone for his past tricks, that’s politics. Some would say the ends justify the means.

Stone has also known Trump for decades and tried to convince him to run for the presidency numerous times, the earliest being in 1988, revealed by his interview for Wikinews.

I have wanted Donald to run since 1988 when I arranged for him to speak to the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. I wanted him to run in 2000 — probably more than he did. The leaders of the Reform Party begged him to run but the time was not right in his business. I wanted him to run in 2012 and told him Mitt Romney was a stone-cold loser.”

He was a top adviser to Trump during his 2016 run and continued to be a vocal supporter even after leaving the campaign. No stranger to Infowars and friend of Alex Jones, Roger Stone is also another pro-trump libertarian.

Being the Trump loyalist he is, I loved watching his political analysis during the election.

Roger Stone is the perfect guy for any Trump fan, not only for his likewise thoughts but also his personal relationship with the president.

4) Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux is the founder and host of Freedomain Radio, the largest philosophy podcast in the world. He’s a Canadian author and has spoken at various libertarian conferences.

He does a “truth about” series and frequently uploads conversations with callers to his Youtube channel (which often covers recent politics events and philosophy).

While he is a well known anarchist and typically never supports any political candidate due to corruption in politics, he became a Trump supporter as a result of Trump’s outsider and business appeal.

You might be thinking to yourself that this is a weird pick for me. I’m definitely not a libertarian, although I definitely have libertarian leanings, and I think a stateless society (anarchy) and the non-aggression principle are BS.

However, I view libertarians and conservatives to be really cut from the same cloth, with minor differences. But the one thing that unites us is disdain for modern leftists.

I think Ronald Reagan put it best:

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”

Libertarians and conservatives are truly more alike than different. Sure, I don’t agree with everything Molyneux says, but I also don’t fully agree with anyone else on every political issue.

He’s opened up my eyes on various topics during my political awakening. I never took philosophy too seriously before listening to him.

He’s extremely witty, charismatic and knowledgeable. Molyneux is must watch for any hard core libertarian or those interested in philosophy.

5) Milo Yiannopolous

(Milo’s interview for the Rubin Report)

Milo Yiannopolous is not supposed to exist. He’s a gay conservative catholic that hates feminists and Black Lives Matter. In other words: he’s fantastic.

Milo’s a British journalist, college speaker, and former senior editor for Breitbart News. It’s pretty weird to say former now in light of recent events.

He’s often associated with the alt-right, a relatively new conservative movement that’s pro-Trump, nationalistic and hates political correctness. While I can agree with all of those, I don’t consider myself alt-right.

Many see them as the fringe extreme of conservatism. Breitbart is also associated with this group, (although as a Breitbart reader I can honestly tell you that’s not the case).

You may know of Milo from the recent UC Berkeley riots, where the spoiled-rotten ingrates funded by George Soros had an absolute meltdown over his freedom of speech.

You may also remember that he was banned from Twitter following controversy over his remarks about Leslie Jones. Milo wrote a critique of the feminine propaganda film Ghostbusters (2016), and also got into a twitter spat with one of the lead actresses Leslie Jones.

Saying that Leslie was “Barely literate. America needs better schools!” and that he was “rejected by yet another black dude.” was enough to get himself banned.

Then of course, recently there was his pedophilia comments that lost him a book deal, CPAC appearance and high position at Breitbart.

So how could I possibly put a guy like this on my list? That’s simple. This list is of commentators that have had an influence on my childhood, and I can’t deny that Milo hasn’t captured my attention over the last few years.

He’s a provocateur. Most of his outrageous comments are meant to offend people, and when it comes to offending idiot leftist college students, he has done quite the excellent job.

Honorable Mentions

Don’t think I wasn’t influenced by other conservatives.

I also respect and admire others such as Andrew Breitbart, Matt Drudge, Ben Shapiro, Dinesh D’Souza and Ann Coulter (hence her being the featured image).

I honestly could’ve added any one of them for this post but since I limited this to just five, I came up with the people I’ve listened to the most.

Political commentators often get a bad wrap. Many expect pundits to be neutral and unbiased. That description fits news anchors and reporters. Not pundits that want to express their personal opinions.

I make no bones about being biased and opinionated here at The Right Side Pundit. I’m a conservative. I’m not the middle of the road pundit, I’m The Right Side Pundit.

Hear me now and quote me later. Focus on where you’re going, but never forget where you came from.

I certainly won’t forget all these great commentators and pundits that influenced not only my politics, but also my life.