On Wednesday, during his nationally syndicated radio program “The Mark Levin Show,” host Mark Levin rebuked presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks on the Three-Fifths compromise, asserting that “the Constitution itself is antithetical to slavery.”
Levin said that when the Civil War began, slave states “voted to get out of the union. They said the United States Constitution no longer applied to them. Why? Why did they do that? Because the Constitution itself is antithetical to slavery.”
Mark Levin’s remarks come in response to a statement made by former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Biden saying, according to Conservative Review, that “The same document that promised to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity [the Constitution] also allowed for slavery and the so-called ‘three-fifths compromise’ that discounted the very humanity of black people in America at the time.”
Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show on Wednesday:
“It is the Declaration of Independence that Abraham Lincoln waved around speech after speech when he was running for Senate in Illinois, when he was running for president and while he was president – that document, and his defense of the Constitution of the United States.
“Those slave states wanted out of the union. They voted to get out of the union. They said the United States Constitution no longer applied to them. Why? Why did they do that? Because the Constitution itself is antithetical to slavery.
“Just as the modern progressive rejects the Declaration of Independence today, so did the slave states. They insisted it only applied to whites, but read it. It applies to every human being on the face of the Earth. Lincoln knew that and Lincoln said it over and over and over again.
“And Lincoln so admired these men, especially Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. And Lincoln, who did more for black people than any other Democrat then or since – than Joe Biden ever could – he would never talk about the founders this way or the Declaration or the Constitution. And he was in a position to denounce them, all and he wouldn’t. Instead, he waved them, and he read from them. He read from the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson the primary author, based largely on the Virginia Declaration of Rights – George Mason.”