On Tuesday, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin warned on his show that removing statues of the United States’ founders, particularly Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, would cause the country to “be divided in ways that I’ve never even contemplated.”
“If you’re gonna start tearing down memorials to our founders and our framers, you’re gonna start doing that sort of thing, then this country will be divided in ways that I never even contemplated – never even contemplated,” Mark Levin stated.
Mark Levin’s comments came in response to a clip of Rev. Al Sharpton in an interview with Charlie Rose, in which he discussed Thomas Jefferson’s support of slavery, saying that “the public should not be paying to uphold someone who has had that kind of background.”
Read the transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show Tuesday below:
“But you see, the justification for taking out Jefferson, it will be for taking out Washington, for taking out many of the men who were in Philadelphia, who signed the Declaration of Independence and gave us the freedom we have today -- many of the men who signed the Constitution of the United States. And of course, what Sharpton leaves out is that the children, the grandchildren, the progeny of those men, many of those men anyway, fought a civil war. Over 700,000 casualties.
“There’s no justification for slavery. There never is.
“Whether it's the Egyptians enslaving the Jews, what’s going on in Africa today, where black Muslims are enslaving black Christians, I never even hear this talked about other than on my show.
“Where, it’s just, what mankind can do to mankind is horrendous. It’s horrific. The genocide that takes place in the world, it’s just horrific.
“If you’re gonna start tearing down memorials to our founders and our framers, you’re gonna start doing that sort of thing, then this country will be divided in ways that I never even contemplated – never even contemplated.
“And what amazes me, what amazes me, when Al Sharpton talks about his history, he never talks about the history of his party, The Democrat Party. He never talks about his own history, the way he spoke of Jews, Jews who were also slaves in their history, Jews who were also subject to genocide and the Holocaust, 70 years ago. I don’t hear him talk much about that. And I take that very personally.”