On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Monday, host Mark Levin stated that he supports reparations, but that he does not support the way Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggest we pay the progeny of slaves for reparations. Instead, Levin says, “The Democrat Party should pay for reparations.”
“So, I support reparations,” stated Mark Levin. “But I do not support the way in which the Kamala Harris’ of the world and the Elizabeth Warren’s in the world want to pay for it. The American people through the tax system shouldn’t pay for reparations. The Democrat Party should pay for reparations.”
Mark Levin’s comments came after Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren came out in support of government reparations for black Americans – “a policy,” noted The New York Times, “that experts say could cost several trillion dollars, and one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and many top Democrats have not supported.” Levin teased his reparations proposal on social media Sunday after suggesting last week that Americans “need to engage” in debate on policies proposed by Democrats or “we’re going to lose this country.”
Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show on Monday:
“Now, ladies and gentlemen, I posted on my social sites that I have a proposal for reparations. Stick with me through this whole thing, or you won’t understand what I’m saying.
“I believe, if you can demonstrate that you are progeny of a slave— I don’t mean a recent immigrant who happens to be a minority. No, no, no. I’m not talking about people of that sort. I’m talking about people that, maybe you should get reparations. But who should pay them?
“So, here’s my proposal: The American people, even way back then, didn’t all own slaves. The American people, even way back when, then, weren’t all supportive of slavery. There was a civil war that was fought, fought between two groups – one group, states’ rights and slavery; another group, federalism and anti-slavery. Now, that’s simplistic, but you get the point.
“Now which group is which? Did Abraham Lincoln support slavery? No. Did the Republican Party support slavery? Never. Did the Republican Party support segregation? No. Did the Republican Party support Jim Crow laws in the South? No. Was the Klan an appendage of the Republican Party? No, it was an appendage of the Democrat Party. And every major civil rights bill after the civil war, in the 50s and 60s, was opposed by a significant percentage of elected Democrats and supported by a majority, a significant majority of elected Republicans.
“So, I support reparations. But I do not support the way in which the Kamala Harris’ of the world and the Elizabeth Warren’s in the world want to pay for it. The American people through the tax system shouldn’t pay for reparations. The Democrat Party should pay for reparations. The Democrat National Committee, all the state parties, the Democrats should pay reparations to the distance children of slaves because the Democrat Party, the Democrats – well after the founding of this nation, well after the Declaration and the Constitution, when the country was trying to make things right – it was the Democrats who fought it.
“So, the Democrat Party is the entity that supported slavery as an institutional matter. We have individuals who had slaves, but they didn’t necessarily support the institution per-se. Some did. Some didn’t. But the Democrat Party did – and supported segregation, and supported Jim Crow, at least a significant percentage of it. Not Republicans, and not all Americans.
“And I might remind Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, and all the rest, that we fought a civil war, over 700,000 casualties, to put an end to slavery. So as a theoretical matter and a practical matter, I’m really against reparations because an awful lot of people lost their lives – including a lot of white people – trying to eliminate slavery. But if we’re going to have it, then the perpetrators, the perps, they should pay for it.”