On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Monday, host Mark Levin criticized the left on the topic of immigration, saying sarcastically, “If you have any common sense whatsoever, it’s obvious, oh, you must be a racist.”
“People always say, like the idiot Acosta over at CNN, ‘Look at the Statue of Liberty. You know what happened there?’ Hey, dummy, you know what happened at Ellis Island?” asked Mark Levin. “There were requirements for people coming into this country legally. But not anymore, no standards whatsoever. If you have any common sense whatsoever, it’s obvious, oh, you must be a racist. Yes, you must be a racist.”
Levin’s comments stem from an MSNBC interview with Rep. Luis Gutierrez who commented on President Trump’s recent immigration proposal.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments from Monday’s show:
Levin: “Luis Gutierrez was on MSLSD yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about Trump’s immigration plan, which is quintessential in it’s American essence -- merit, legal, get in line, demonstrate that you have the resources to, you know, take care of yourself, that you won’t become a welfare case, demonstrate that you have a clean record. These are all good things, right? This is what Americans want.
“But Louis Gutierrez doesn’t want that at all. Luis Gutierrez wants a fundamental transformation of America. That’s the truth. He’s an ethnic warrior -- an ethnic warrior.
“Cut 14, go!”
Gutierrez: “Oh, I think it’s absolutely a racist proposal--”
Levin: “Oh, well then it must be, because Luis Gutierrez, he would know. Luis Gutierrez would know.
Gutierrez: “... no doubt in my mind. Look, if you take diversity visas, Alex, everybody knows that 90 percent -- and they want to eliminate them -- 90 percent of the diversity visas go to who? Black people.”
Levin: “Whoa, whoa, 90 percent of the diversity visas? Do we have diversity visas? I didn’t even know there was such a -- we have diversity visas? ‘Oh yes, you didn’t know this?’ No, who knew this? And 90 percent of them, he says, go to who? ‘Black people.’
Gutierrez: “-- who live in Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, or in the Caribbean. And you’re just going to eliminate it? You’re going to tell me that Rubio, Senator Rubio’s parents wouldn’t have made it through this. My parents wouldn’t have made it through it.”
Levin: “Hey idiot. You’re from Puerto Rico. What are you talking about? Puerto Rico’s an American territory. Hey, Gutierrez, don’t you know this?
Gutierrez: “They didn’t have a college education. They couldn’t speak English.”
Levin: “Ok, we didn’t say you had to have a college education. But yes, you need to speak English. That’s so horrific. And if we didn’t require that a decade or two or three ago, shame on us, it’s required now. Or let’s hope so.
“Now, keep it right there, Mr. Producer. Here’s my point. If you don’t -- you’re not required to speak English, right? Then I would insist that the Supreme Court Justices write their opinions in Spanish. In fact, why don’t we do everything in Spanish? Why not? Because apparently having a common language so we can communicate with each other as citizens, so you know what the law is in a particular contract or a particular circumstance, so you could really make it in America, apparently, it’s too much to ask for people to know English.
“Now, again, remember what immigration is about. It’s not about diversity visas. It’s not about secondary and tertiary languages. It’s about what is in the best interest of America and current American citizens.
“Nobody ever says this. I say it over and over and over again. I don’t care what somebody thinks somewhere else in the world. It’s none of their d--- business. Here’s our rules. And no other country gives a d--- about what we think either. And Luis Gutierrez isn’t representing America. He doesn’t care about America. He’s a commie. And by the way, yes he was.
Gutierrez: “... went on to the Senate, and I went on to the House of Representatives. I think this anti-American, and it is based-- Alex, when you talk about -- when you have a president of the United States that walks down those escalators and announces he’s running for president and says Mexicans are murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and we need to get rid of them.”
Levin: “That’s right. That’s right, we need to talk about gringos -- gringos.
“None of this has anything to do with the proposal, Alex. Who’s Alex? Who the hell is that? Not Alex Wagner. Alex Wagner has a TV show? Who’s Alex Wagner? I guess I have to keep up, but I guess not. But that’s very, very fascinating. So, you see how he goes on and on and on and on, rambling as he does.
Gutierrez: “Then you say, let’s make English? English has always been an important part of our immigration policy, but do you know when you pass an English test, Alex? You pass it when you become a citizen of the United States, when you want to take that ultimate step. That’s always been there--”
Levin: “Hey, hey, pal. Everyone doesn’t become a citizen of the United States, and I’m telling you, ladies and gentlemen, at the turn of the last century Ellis Island and elsewhere you had to be able to speak some level of English. You had to demonstrate that you could care for yourself and you had some means of support. You had to demonstrate that you had a place to stay. You had to demonstrate you wouldn’t be a ward of the state. You had to demonstrate that you were perfectly innocent of any offences.
“People always say, like the idiot Acosta over there at CNN, ‘Look at the Statue of Liberty. You know what happened there?’ Hey, dummy, you know what happened at Ellis Island? There were requirements for people coming into this country legally. But not anymore, no standards whatsoever.
“If you have any common sense whatsoever, it’s obvious, oh, you must be a racist. Yes, you must be a racist.”