During his nationally syndicated radio talk show, “The Mark Levin Show,” on Monday night, host and American lawyer Mark Levin said it was “plain d--- stupid to accuse” supporters of President Donald J. Trump of hypocrisy if they agreed with his potential decision to use emergency powers to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“‘If Donald Trump triggers this law, as it was triggered by Reagan, as it was triggered by Obama, as it was triggered by the Bushes, as it was triggered by – you name it – then, obviously, any of you who agree with him are unprincipled,’” Mark Levin said. “‘You’re hypocrites, and you support a slow, but steady, autocracy.’ Now, that’s just plain d--- stupid, and it’s wrong to accuse you of that.”
Mark Levin’s comments referred to criticism, by “so-called constitutionalists,” of those who support President Donald J. Trump’s announcement that he would consider declaring a national emergency to secure the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump has repeatedly asked Congress to appropriate $5.7 billion in funding for the wall, but Congress has so far refused.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show on Monday:
“I want to address this issue where the so-called constitutionalists and the originalists keep pouncing on the president should he trigger the National Emergencies Act, and they lecture you and me, that if you support the president in this regard, you have no principles. You’re inconsistent. You’re as bad as the left. Now, why is that? Because all you care is about the uniform they’re wearing.
“Now, those of you who support the president should he make this decision, that’s not you. You’re not unprincipled. You don’t just go with the flow, and neither do I. So, let me explain a few things here.
“Some of these guys and gals are confusing unconstitutional, illegal and improper with the opposite – with the opposite. And so they lecture us about autocracy, and they say, for us, it’s relative. We don’t mind autocracy or the iron fist of government if our guys are exercising it. We only mind it if their guys are exercising it.
“Let me suggest to you, ladies and gentlemen, that commentators who say this on TV and radio or write about it on various websites don’t understand you, and never have. You’re patriotic Americans. You embrace the Constitution.
“And no, it’s not about relativism. This law, in its current iteration, has been in existence for 43 years – almost half a century. Not one of these commentators – I’ve checked – ever criticized this law. Not one of these commentators ever criticized this law when it was used – and it’s been used many times by men who have held the office of the presidency before Donald Trump. All of a sudden, they’re concerned about a law they never talked about before. They’re concerned about a law that was used by past presidents, Republicans and Democrats – perfectly fine, so irrelevant it never crossed their radar screens. Now, everything’s at stake. ‘If Donald Trump triggers this law, as it was triggered by Reagan, as it was triggered by Obama, as it was triggered by the Bushes, as it was triggered by – you name it – then, obviously, any of you who agree with him are unprincipled. You’re hypocrites, and you support a slow, but steady, autocracy.’ Now, that’s just plain d--- stupid, and it’s wrong to accuse you of that.”