Filling in for Mark Levin on his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday, local Philadelphia radio host Rich Zeoli detailed the latest Supreme Court citizenship case decision, suggesting the ruling came down to yet “another John Roberts sellout.”
“What is wrong with a nation trying to know how many citizens it has?” asked Rich Zeoli, filling in for “The Great One,” Mark Levin. “Why is that such a controversial issue for a nation to figure out how many people here are a citizen of our nation? And yet, the Supreme Court, with John Roberts flipping once again with the liberals, decides today to say, ‘Nope. Can’t do it. Sorry. Go back to the lower courts.’ What a mess of a ruling. Another, another John Roberts sellout.”
Rich Zeoli’s comments came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision – Chief Justice John Roberts joining four liberal-leaning members on the Court – “that the Secretary of Commerce improperly decided to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census,” according to CNSNews.com.
Below is a transcript of Rich Zeoli’s remarks from “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday:
“What is wrong with a nation trying to know how many citizens it has? Why is that such a controversial issue for a nation to figure out how many people here are a citizen of our nation? And yet, the Supreme Court, with John Roberts flipping once again with the liberals, decides today to say, ‘Nope. Can’t do it. Sorry. Go back to the lower courts.’ What a mess of a ruling. Another, another John Roberts sellout.
“It is not ‘The Great One’ Mark Levin, but that’s okay. I’m your fellow Levinite, Rich Zeoli, happy to be with you tonight from Mark’s home town of Philadelphia.
“Roberts is a disgrace in so many different ways over the years. He’s the guy we can all say, ‘Hey, thanks for Obamacare, John Roberts. Thank you for doing what Congress wouldn’t do years ago, and declare Obamacare a tax,’ and by doing so, of course, saving Obamacare. Today [June 27, 2019], he says, ‘You know what, this census question, this citizenship question, we don’t like it because we don’t like your motivations for how you came up with it.’
“So, the president wants to have a count of how many people in this country are illegal citizens. I think it’s a very important count because we hear different numbers all the time of how many people are here legally or illegally. I’ve heard ranges from 11 million to 45 million illegal immigrants. I don’t know. Nobody does. They’re all estimates. Some people say 11; some people say 13; some people say 45 million; some people say 35 million. It’s all over the place. So, the president has said, ‘Let’s count and figure out how many people are United States citizens. Why not?’
“As Mark Levin would say, ‘The Great One’ would often say, ‘Too often, the men in black make terrible decisions.’ ‘Men in Black,’ by the way, one of Mark Levin’s greatest books. Should mention to you, five weeks in a row, number one best seller – his new book. Of course, his new book ‘Unfreedom of the Press,’ five weeks on The New York Times, number one best seller – five weeks. It’s amazing stuff. Get a copy if you have not done that.
“But years ago, I read ‘Men in Black,’ and I remember Mark talking about this fact. You know, these judges, they get on there for life. Now they think they’re legislators. They decide to right all the wrongs. They don’t decide to just say, ‘This might be a mess, but you know what, it’s not our mess. So, you go handle it. Go take care of it.’
“And today, in a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts, joining with the left, saying that the Trump administration failed to provide a good reason for adding the citizenship question. Why do they have to even have a reason at all is my question? Why is it the Court’s concern what their reasoning is?
“In fact, they went a step further, the majority today, and said it was ‘contrived.’ The Trump administration’s reason for having a citizenship question was ‘contrived.’
“Now, the issue’s not dead. It’s still going to be examined, and the president said today, ‘We’re going to give more information on this.’ And the issue’s not over yet.
“But I tell you what, Justice Clarence Thomas, who is terrific, he wrote a scathing rebuttal, a scathing dissent to the claim that, ‘Yeah, you know what? This question was “contrived,” and we have to check the administration’s motivations on here.’ No, in fact, what Justice Clarence Thomas said today was that this [was] done particularly because the courts don’t like Trump. That’s it. The lower court didn’t like Trump, and that’s where they made their ruling. The Supreme Court should say, ‘It’s irrelevant. Move on.’”