Nationally syndicated radio show host Mark Levin called ESPN’s plan to give Caitlyn Jenner the Arthur Ashe Courage Award “ridiculous”. The award will be presented to Jenner during the The ESPYs on Wednesday night.
“This isn’t courage,” Levin said on his June 1 broadcast. “We’re making heroes out of people who are not heroes.”
Here is the transcript of what Levin said:
“The president tweeted out, or made a statement today that he thinks Caitlyn Jenner, for god sakes, he thinks she has courage. You know who has courage?
“Well let me put it this way: Does anybody know the name of the last soldier who was killed in Afghanistan? Anybody? Other than his family? No. Well that poor American -- he has courage. He had courage.
“This isn’t courage. I mean, where the hell is Obama’s head with this stuff? ESPN, they’re gonna give him the Arthur Ashe Award. Why? The Arthur Ashe Award? ‘Well, for his courage!’
“Courage? What courage?
“What the hell’s going on here? It’s so ridiculous. Every damn website with a picture of Caitlyn Jenner. Over and over and over again -- I can’t take it. We’re making heroes out of people who are not heroes.
“In some cases, they’re very weird, they're freakish. I’m not saying he is, I’m just saying.
“The people who make this country work -- most of them are not on the front of newspapers and magazines, and so forth and so on.
“This is a circus. It’s a circus.”