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Conservative radio host Mark Levin called out the leadership of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-AL) on “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday, saying McConnell is “not a leader of any sort; he’s a schemer.”
“His stranglehold on the party in Kentucky to claw his way to the top, ladies and gentlemen, and to hold on,” Levin said, following his reading of a statement in which former President Donald Trump denounced the Republican Senate leader.
“You need to ask yourselves: why is it that the Republican senators keep electing him to be their leader? Because he threatens them; he tells them he’s going to take their power away,” the radio host argued. “He’s going to use the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the massive amounts of money they raise from big corporations and so forth to defeat them; that’s what he says. And he’s going to keep them off major committees. Then he’ll go around their backs to Politico, to The Washington Post, to The New York Times, and others and trash them.”
Below is a transcript of this portion of “The Mark Levin Show”:
Mark Levin: You see, Mitch McConnell has used leverage in terms of fundraising, donors, the Chamber of Commerce, political action committees, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, his stranglehold on the party in Kentucky to claw his way to the top, ladies and gentlemen, and to hold on. He’s not a leader of any sort; he’s a schemer. He’s a schemer for Mitch…and he attacks those with whom he disagrees, he tries to destroy them. He went after the Tea Party with the help of Karl Rove and others — literally went after the Tea Party. They failed, but that was their goal: Destroy the Tea Party after the Tea Party won around 66 seats in the house and Boehner becomes speaker and then he attacks the Tea Party, along with The Wall Street Journal. And in the Senate, they won several seats, two or three, and then McConnell blamed the Tea Party for losing two or three or four more that they could’ve won, he says. And the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal agrees with him. These are fools. These are fools. And they want to drag us down their hole with them. And as I said yesterday, Mitch McConnell stands for absolutely nothing. And don’t hand me the judges; Harry Reid did more to set the stage for judges than Mitch McConnell ever did. He’s a great tactician, they say. “We need a leader. We need a statesman.” If he wants to resign and become the parliamentarian of the Senate, good for him.
And yet, Schumer runs circles around him. Harry Reid ran circles around him. The longest serving Republican leader in the Senate, if you can believe that, in the history of the Senate and the Republican Party. And to what end exactly? Are you folks pleased with Mitch McConnell? Mitch McConnell says he will only back candidates who can win. Now what kind of idiot makes a comment like that? You can’t be 100 percent sure which candidates can and cannot win. We were told Ronald Reagan couldn’t win; he won a massive popular vote, massive Electoral College victory despite Mitch McConnell and he did it twice. Twice. We were told Donald Trump couldn’t win. McConnell didn’t think he could win, but he won. And Trump this last time around, look at all the House members who won as a result and the senators who won as a result and then this jerk goes to the floor of the Senate after the president of the United States is acquitted of an unconstitutional, rogue Senate hearing and begs prosecutors to charge the former president of the United States — this is what he does? — gives aid and comfort to the Democrats, aid and comfort to the media, undermines the Republican Party, divides the Republican Party: that’s what McConnell’s done. And you need to ask yourselves: why is it that the Republican senators keep electing him to be their leader? Because he threatens them; he tells them he’s going to take their power away. He’s going to use the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the massive amounts of money they raise from big corporations and so forth to defeat them; that’s what he says. And he’s going to keep them off major committees. Then he’ll go around their backs to Politico, to The Washington Post, to The New York Times, and others and trash them. I remember the way he did that in trashing Ted Cruz. He’ll get editorials out of his mouth piece over there at The Wall Street Journal editorial page. They’ll trash whoever he wants to trash, too. And our friends at The National Review, no different. He has no principles.
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