Mark Levin on Prison Reform: ‘Obama Radicalizes Everything He Touches’

By Sam Dorman | November 3, 2015 | 5:24 PM EST

During his nationally syndicated radio show Monday, host Mark Levin commented on Barack Obama’s weekly address on prison reform, saying that the president "radicalizes everything he touches."

"He decides what criminal justice reform looks like," said Levin. "And isn’t it interesting, it deals almost exclusively with the drug issue -- not taxes, not embezzlement, none of that stuff -- the drug issue. Because Obama radicalizes everything he touches."

Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments:

“It’s the damnedest thing. This President sides with rioters against police officers. This president sides with criminals against successful, tax-paying citizens. And I got to thinking, this is his constituent group, this is his constituent group.  And so the more people they can release, maybe at some point he will release these people and them give them a blanket pardon. You’ve heard it here first, because I think maybe that’s what’s going on.

“You know, because in some states you can’t vote. So this is what Obama’s up to. This is what he’s doing. So, the party of FDR and Harry Truman and John Kennedy is now, as I’ve said before the party of Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, Jeremiah Wright, and Barack Obama.

“So, here’s Obama in his weekly address on Saturday. None of us heard ‘cause why would we listen to this? But, here it is Monday, and we have to engage.

“Cut four, go.”

Obama: “We know that having millions of people in the criminal justice system without any ability to find a job after release is unsustainable.”

“Now, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. It’s amazing to me, the conflicts, the schizophrenia. But open borders, people pouring over our borders -- foreigners, who have no stake in this country, none -- we need them in this country because they’re doing jobs Americans won’t do. And we know that’s a lie. And I’ve shown you the Census data on that in “Plunder and Deceit.” And he says we have millions of people in the criminal justice system and they can’t find jobs. It’s unsustainable.

“So the answer, you see, ladies and gentlemen, is to clean their record and in some cases make it impossible for the employers, federal employers, to even know that they have backgrounds, that way they can be hired.

“Now let me ask you something: Don’t you want to know in the workplace if somebody has a criminal record? Now, that doesn’t mean you’ll be told by the employer. But why shouldn’t you be? Why shouldn’t you know? You know, it’s your life, your safety, your work environment too. Forget about these abstractions and these theories, you know that these clown leftists have.

“Go ahead.”

Obama: “… communities, and it’s bad for our economy.”

“It’s bad for our economy. The man who’s done more to kill the economy now tells us one of the great things we need to help our economy is not only an endless flood of illegal aliens, not only a massive increase in the minimum wage so people can’t get jobs at the entry-level anymore and businesses go out of business, but emptying our prisons. That’ll fix things. Cockamamie theories.

“Go ahead.”

Obama: “And I’ll keep working with people in both parties to get criminal justice reform bills to my desk, including a bipartisan bill that would reduce mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenders and reward prisoners with shorter sentences if they complete programs that make them less likely to commit a repeat. ...”

“Oh, you know, this guy, with the social engineering, there’s no end to it.

“I want you to remember something. Every one of these prisoners went through the criminal justice system. They weren’t thrown in prison for years based on their looks -- that is, their race -- based on their religion, based on their sex or sexual preference. They went through a due process. They had appeals, if they wanted them. They had attorneys mandated by Miranda and the Supreme Court.

“So they were represented, they had their day in court, if they wanted it. They had their day in front of a jury if they wanted it. They had an appeal, maybe multiple appeals, if they wanted it, but Barack Obama swoops in, he decides these sentences are too damn long. He decides what criminal justice reform looks like. And isn’t it interesting, it deals almost exclusively with the drug issue -- not taxes, not embezzlement, none of that stuff -- the drug issue. Because Obama radicalizes everything he touches. That’s why. I’ll be right back.”