On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Monday, host Mark Levin called out the media and the left, saying we all knew that after these two slaughters the media and the left would blame Trump, the Constitution, and the NRA.
“[W]e all knew as soon as these slaughters occurred – the first and then the second – they would blame the president and the NRA and the Second Amendment,” Mark Levin said on his show. “This is not the way the media are supposed to function. This is not the way politics in America is supposed to work. We have a broken culture. And there’s one word that’s missing in Washington; there’s one word that’s missing in the press; there’s one word that’s missing among politicians. It’s the word virtue.”
Mark Levin’s comments came after two mass shootings took place over the weekend, the media and left taking to the airwaves to blame President Donald Trump, to call for more gun control laws and lobby for assault weapons bans and to blame the NRA.
Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show on Monday:
“You see a horrific slaughter, followed by another horrific slaughter, and then you hear the static. It’s always the same – always the same – same courters, same politicians, same media-types, same agendas.
“And we all knew as soon as these slaughters occurred – the first and then the second – they would blame the president and the NRA and the Second Amendment. This is not the way the media are supposed to function. This is not the way politics in America is supposed to work. We have a broken culture. And there’s one word that’s missing in Washington; there’s one word that’s missing in the press; there’s one word that’s missing among politicians. It’s the word virtue.
“And I’ve had a lot of time to think about this, what took place, watching what’s going on today, listening to no talk radio at all – that’s just me – and just doing some thinking, soul-searching. Virtue – we push virtue off of television. Remember the old television shows? They had a message. We’ve pushed virtue out of the movie theaters. Remember the old wild west shows and WWII shows and so forth? We’ve pushed virtue out of the public square by order of the Supreme Court – religion, faith, what have you. Morality’s up for grabs. People celebrate immorality. They even want to give it legal protections. The breakdown of the civil society, it’s all around us.
“The people, for the most part, who do these mass killings are evil people for a variety of reasons. And why does everybody think they have the answer? Let alone politicians and the media-types. It’s as if nothing happened. You turn on TV. ‘Trump is a racist.’ ‘Trump is a racist.’ ‘Trump’s responsible.’ ‘Trump’s responsible.’ This is— This is a very sick poisonous machine that we’re dealing with.
“No circumspection. No introspection. No one in the media asked themselves, ‘Maybe we ought to tone it down. Maybe we ought to get back to reporting objective truth. Maybe we shouldn’t bring every loudmouth, radical, politician, expert, professor on our news platforms to give them the widest possible voice. Maybe we ought to look in our newsrooms and see if the people who we have hired to report the news are really worthy of this profession.’ Doesn’t even go through their minds.
“Trump, you see, has to change his behavior, and that’ll fix it – not the Democrats running for president. They don’t have to change their rhetoric. They don’t have to change their behavior – nothing, nothing. Just Trump, and that’ll fix it. Or it will go a long way toward fixing it, you see.
“We’re to blame video games. We’re to blame social media and social media companies, mental illness, the Second Amendment. We just need more laws, more government. Is that what we need?
“Why don’t we go back to some tried and true principles and beliefs and values? Virtue – do we teach that in our schools anymore? Or how we’re destroying the climate? Or how the Founders were slave [owners]? Or how capitalism fosters inequality and on and on and on? I think the destruction of the civil society and the destruction of the culture has an impact – it has an impact.
“Now, there’s always going to be evil people who think they can change society at the point of a gun. There’s going to be evil people who think they can change society with a piece of legislation, with an ideology, with an economic system. We need to embrace our history. We need to embrace our customs, our traditions, our beliefs because we are a good people. We are a beneficent people. We are a tolerant people, which is why so many people try to come into this country.
“But these two mass murders, one in El Paso and one in Dayton, they weren’t motivated by President Trump. They weren’t motivated by any politician. Just because they write or say they like Trump, which none of them did, or they like Elizabeth Warren, which one of them did, or the guy that shot up the baseball field a couple of years back and almost killed Scalise, a volunteer for Sanders, how is that Sanders responsibility or anybody’s responsibility other than the killer? But what is the responsibility of Washington and the media and these politicians and others is the degrading of our culture and the degrading of our society.
“We mock religious people. We tell them it’s perfectly fine to have faith, but not in public. Go home. Go to your place of worship. Keep it to yourself. We mock people who are ethical and straight-laced. We mock the normal family unit, or what used to be the normal family unit – we mock it. And then we look for other people to blame.
“It must be the video games. The video games? Do we even know if these two looked at video games? ‘Must be social media.’ How do we know that social media is not the cause but the effect? That is, there’s other things causing it, but they reveal themselves on social media rather than social media having the impact. We have no idea. Mental illness. Maybe they’re mentally ill, but maybe they have exceedingly high IQs. I have no idea. They can be evil with exceedingly high IQs. And then, of course, it’s the Second Amendment. The Bill of Rights always comes under attack. It’s a simple answer: just take more freedoms away from everybody else, and somehow this will fix it.”