On his nationally-syndicated radio show, “The Mark Levin Show,” on Monday night, host and American lawyer Mark Levin challenged associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to come on his show and have a discussion on her dissent in the June 2018 Supreme Court travel ban case, saying, “She was dead wrong.”
“And so, she [Justice Sotomayor] was in the dissent because she was dead wrong,” Mark Levin stated. “She was dead wrong as a matter of precedent – what the left says is so precious to them – dead wrong as a matter of constitutional law and dead wrong as a matter of policy. …
“[S]he’s an ideologue,” Levin continued later. “She’s an advocate, and I’d love her to come on my show so we could have this discussion, an honest, civil, legitimate discussion. If you’re going to talk to David Axelrod, then talk to me – then talk to me.”
Levin’s remarks referred to President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which temporarily banned travel to the United States for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. When a June 26, 2018 Supreme Court ruling upheld the policy, Sotomayor dissented, arguing that the proclamation stemmed from “anti-Muslim animus.”
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show on Monday night:
“The president wasn’t discriminating against people. I don’t even know why I have to explain this to an associate justice of the Supreme [Court] – other than the fact that she’s a leftist. The president wasn’t discriminating against a people. He was making decisions about people coming into this country based on what kind of governments and societies exist.
“And if the countries they’re coming from are incapable of providing our country with the kind of information we need to vet individuals, and at the same time, terrorist organizations like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and others, which, I think she’ll admit and agree, are terrorist organizations, but many more, were making abundantly clear that they intended to infiltrate these groups when they come into our country, that the president of the United States has a responsibility to notice that and to protect the American people.
“Sotomayor can get on her high horse and talk about discrimination because she’s responsible for absolutely nothing – nothing. The president’s responsible for protecting the country. Sotomayor does not, and is not. She doesn’t know the intelligence. She doesn’t know any of the issues.
“That is why, in the past, many courts stay away from these issues and do not try to play executive like the courts do today. A federal district court doesn’t have anything close that the information a president has when it comes to issues like this – nothing. And so the Framers of the Constitution did not empower judges to supplant the decisions of a president.
“Nobody’s constitutional rights were violated because none of these people are American citizens. They’re not even residents in America. They are foreigners. They are aliens. They are a resident in other countries. Our Constitution is not projected overseas to cover aliens; it doesn’t work that way. And yet, there are people who actually believe it should, not because they love our Constitution, but because they believe it will cripple this president.
“And so, she was in the dissent because she was dead wrong. She was dead wrong as a matter of precedent – what the left says is so precious to them – dead wrong as a matter of constitutional law and dead wrong as a matter of policy.
“But she’s an ideologue. She’s an advocate, and I’d love her to come on my show so we could have this discussion, an honest, civil, legitimate discussion. If you’re going to talk to David Axelrod, then talk to me – then talk to me.”