On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday, host Mark Levin went after Republicans, saying they “are no better” than the open border Democrats when it comes to securing the border.
“What the hell would these Republicans and phony conservatives have Donald Trump do? He’s trying everything he can,” said Mark Levin. “They’re no better than the Democrats who want open borders because not only haven’t they done an effective d--- thing to secure the border before Trump was president, they don’t have an effective idea today on how to secure the border while Trump’s president – not one idea.”
Mark Levin’s comments came after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S. southern border in Dec. 2018 if the border was not secured, Levin citing Conservative Review’s piece by Daniel Horowitz on what shutting the southern border down would mean. And according to CNSNews.com, President Donald Trump took things a step further this week and “issued a warning to Mexico on Thursday that if they don’t stop the flow of illegal drugs flowing into the United States, he plans to put tariffs on the cars coming from Mexico.”
Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show on Thursday:
“I have to say, I listened to some friends of mine who are on conservatives on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, and I’m growing increasingly disappointed.
“We have a president of the United States who’s been talking about this border since the day he decided to run for president. He’s been enormously concerned about it. He was very prescient about what’s taking place today. He’s given no credit for this. And finally, trying to work with Democrats in Congress, and frankly, trying to work with Republicans who once controlled Congress and didn’t do a d--- thing about any of this, he’s decided to go it alone because there’s no alternative.
“First he was told, ‘Don’t close the government.’ Of course, he didn’t close the government. He was blamed for it. Pelosi set that up, but that’s fine. But he said, ‘No. I’m not going to sign a funding bill that doesn’t pay for securing the border with a wall, a fence,’ or whatever you want to call it, and he was attacked. And he was attacked by people in his own party. He finally agrees to a deal that has a few billion dollars for the wall.
“Then he says, ‘Okay, now I’m going to trigger the National Emergencies Act of 1976.’ It wasn’t like he was hiding the ball. He kept saying, ‘I’m going to have to do this. I’m going to have to do this. It’s been done over 50 times by every one of my predecessors since 1976.’ ‘No, you can’t do that. That’s separation of powers.’ Of course, it’s not, the way he did and for the reasons he did it. You could violate separation of powers, but he did not.
“So, they tell him, these pseudo-conservatives, ‘You’re really getting nowhere with the government shutdown, and you want to trigger the National Emergencies Act, which every prior president has including Reagan and the Bushes and so forth, but you uniquely are going to be violating separation of powers.’
“So, he does it. And he was prescient at what’s taking place as we have massive chaos and anarchy on the border. We’ve never seen anything like this in modern American history. We’re being flooded. The Democrats have put out the call for as many people as possible to come into the country while they obstruct anything that takes place.
“Then the president throws out another suggestion. ‘You know what? I’m going to close the d--- border. I’m going to close the border. I’ve got to do something. Nobody else wants to do anything. I can’t get Congress’s attention. They won’t give us funds. They won’t authorize anything. I’m the Commander in Chief. I have to worry about national security. I have to worry about crime as a general matter. If I don’t do it, who’s going to do it? Obviously, not Congress. Obviously, not the courts that undermine me every step of the way, because none of them have been effected directly.’
“‘No, you can’t close the border.’ And there’s a wonderful piece at Conservative Review by our buddy Daniel Horowitz who explains, ‘Oh, you can, and there’s a way to do this and do it right.’ But nobody wants to hear it.
“‘You can’t close the border,’ says the U.S. Chamber of Crony Capitalism, say Republican after Republican. They say their concerned about national security and law enforcement. Not really.
“So, don’t close the government to force the Democrats to have to act. Don’t trigger the National Emergencies Act of 1976. Don’t close the border. Well, what the hell would they have him do? What the hell would they have our president do? He’s tried to use the budget; he’s tried to use existing statutes; he’s trying and thinking about using his authority as president to secure the border. What the hell would these Republicans and phony conservatives have Donald Trump do? He’s trying everything he can.
“They’re no better than the Democrats who want open borders because not only haven’t they done an effective d--- thing to secure the border before Trump was president, they don’t have an effective idea today on how to secure the border while Trump’s president – not one idea.”