On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin called out President Donald Trump for shifting to the left on DACA and for caving on the debt ceiling, saying, “But Mr. President, you campaigned on this, just as you campaigned on ‘The Wall,’ and you’re throwing it out the window.”
“But the president, the president who said, ‘I’m going to, we’re going to shut down this government if we don’t get money for “The Wall.”’—he didn’t even talk about ‘The Wall,’” said Mark Levin. “He’s going to increase the debt limit without getting a d--- thing.
Levin continued a bit later in his show: “But Mr. President, you campaigned on this, just as you campaigned on ‘The Wall,’ and you’re throwing it out the window.”
Mark Levin’s comments came following an announcement that President Trump had struck a deal with Democratic Party leaders on a 3-month extension of the debt ceiling.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments from his show Wednesday:
“Alright, I want to talk to you about a few things.
“You know, I’ve said in the past that Donald Trump has surprised me in many respects. He’s done a lot of conservative things, but ladies and gentlemen, now he’s doing a lot of liberal things.
“He just bought off in a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi— I haven’t seen Chuck Schumer this happy since he stopped being constipated. And they are just thrilled. They got the president to agree to a three month continuing resolution by tying the Harvey natural disaster aid to a debt ceiling increase and so forth. This has been their tactic all along.
“And now, come the election cycle year, for a third of the Senate and all the House of Representatives, now the president who said that he would shut down the government in order to get ‘The Wall’ completely backtracked, completely backtracked.
“Not only isn’t he shutting down the government, the debt is completely out of control, and they’re doing absolutely nothing about it but adding to it. Ivanka Trump is running around now, trying to convince Republicans on the tax credit for family leave – another bloated, massive government entitlement program.
“It’s incredible to me. Is there no moral responsibility for what’s going on with our government?
“Now I hear these fools go on and on about, ‘Oh, look at this. Texas, conservative, they’re going to want money because of Harvey, and Florida, conservative, they’re going to want money because of Irma.’
“I’m thinking to myself, do they even understand what conservative and progressive even mean? We conservatives aren’t anarchists. We’re not the ones running around with black masks and helmet and outfits, burning down buildings and all the rest of it. We believe in a constitutional government.
“There’s a huge difference about, from massive redistribution of wealth, massive redistribution of wealth, endless departments and agencies, a bloated bureaucracy, massive federal pensions and on and on and on, a different between that and truly helping American citizens who have paid taxes year after year after year after year who need help, who need help.
“We’re not trying to rejigger society. We’re not trying to remake the nature of man when we help people in trouble, whether we do it through government in cases like this – natural disasters, not manmade disasters – or through our own charities. We’re not trying to change the world. We’re trying to help our fellow man.
“That’s quite different than redistributing wealth and the massive federal leviathan, which is in our faces left and right. Every time something new is invented, they want to regulate it, tax it, create a new department to oversee it. That’s big government. That’s out of control big government, trying to destroy businesses, trying to destroy individual initiative. Confiscatory tax rates, that has nothing to do, zero to do, with helping people who are confronting natural disasters, nothing to do with that.
“And yet, I hear this all the time. It’s constant now. ‘Well, these conservatives are going to have to rethink their philosophy, and these conservatives, they’re going to have to rethink they’re approach to the debt ceiling.’ No we’re not.
“Nothing’s out of sink, nothing’s contradictory, nothing’s hypocritical. One has nothing to do with the other, nothing to do with the other.
“But the president, the president who said, ‘I’m going to, we’re going to shut down this government if we don’t get money for the wall.’—he didn’t even talk about the wall. He’s going to increase the debt limit without getting a d--- thing. All the leverage thrown out the window. All the leverage thrown out the window.
“And then, when I’m out – well, actually before because rumor came out and I commented on it – but I want to comment again on this DACA stuff.
“Follow the Constitution, Mr. President. Follow the Constitution. What Obama did was unconstitutional when he did it, and it’s unconstitutional today. And the fact that Paul Ryan has no guts and no spine and has turned out to be a total political chameleon, the fact that Mitch McConnell has never been a conservative but has deceived the constituency and citizenship of Kentucky – no surprise to me.
“But Mr. President, you campaigned on this, just as you campaigned on ‘The Wall,’ and you’re throwing it out the window.”