Radio host Mark Levin, who refers to himself as “The Great One,” declared on his Friday show that he is now part of the #NeverTrump crowd. Levin has previously endorsed Senator Ted Cruz, but on Friday he said, “I am not voting for Trump. Period. Count me as #NeverTrump.” Apparently the Great One has a thin skin.
He’s upset about reports that the Senate Conservative Fund spent close to $500,000 buying copies of his book “Liberty and Tyranny” and the implication that the purchase made him a tool of “the Establishment.” He admits that the transaction took place, but resents the spin that’s put on it. Levin blames Roger Stone, who has no official role with the Trump campaign but has in the past. Of Stone he says:
“Roger Stone is a thug. He’s a sleazeball. … And he’s a hatchet man for Donald Trump. So he puts out this obscure article from this obscure website, that used that to claim that I’m bought and paid for by the establishment. … And in the article, they trash other people too, Beck, Erickson, I think there’s another fellow in there trashed, with these nutjob conspiracy theories, and just flat-out lies.”
But that wasn’t enough for the Great One. He also lashed out at Ann Coulter and “other talk show hosts.” He continued:
“Now, there are sleazeballs, like him, sleazeballs like Coulter, and sleazeballs like some talk show hosts, and I’m biting my tongue, who are so contemptible and pathetic, they want to use the most outrageous attacks on one of their colleagues to try and promote themselves. It’s truly pathetic.”
“Sleazeballs.” “Pathetic.” “Contemptible.” These are the terms the Great One uses to describe other conservatives – other Republicans – ostensibly because a large book sale to the Senate Conservatives Fund became public. If it’s not a big deal, why make it a big deal? Bulk sales of popular books are not unknown or unexpected so why not just own it and roll with it. Most authors would be happy about a large sale. And who cares about the spin put on it by what Levin calls “an obscure website?” It’s not like Levin doesn’t have a platform to explain the transaction – millions of people listen to his show everyday.
My how times change. Here is a picture of Levin and Coulter in happier times.
So now Levin is mad. Mad at Trump. Mad at other conservatives. Mad at everyone. Mad enough to denounce friends and defend Glenn Beck – the man who claims that Ted Cruz is anointed by God to become President and that Antonin Scalia’s death is proof that God wants Ted Cruz to become President. Mad enough to go full #NeverTrump. Mad enough to hand over the country to Hillary because he came in for some public criticism. Levin concluded with a threat:
“And if they piss me off one more time, I’m going to urge millions and millions of you, should he get the nomination, not to vote for him either.”
Nice party you’ve got there – it would be a shame if something happened to it…
Levin Calls Never Trumps Frauds
That’s right. Levin called the #NeverTrump people frauds – the day before he became one. That’s the weirdest part of this story. It was only 24 hours before declaring war on the Trump campaign and signing up with the #NeverTrumpers that Levin declared on his show that the #NeverTrump folks are “frauds” and “buffoons.” Here’s an excerpt:
“Now those people out there, those people out there who are saying ‘stop Trump,’ I can understand ‘stop Trump’ in a primary process. But stop Trump or you’ll vote for Hillary? Stop Trump or you won’t vote at all? These people are not conservatives. They’re not constitutionalists. They’re frauds. They’re fakes. They’re not brave. They’re asinine. They’re buffoons…”
Maybe it’s time for Levin to take his own advice. The election isn’t about him or his hurt feelings. It’s about the country. And while he can do what he likes to help Ted Cruz win enough primaries and caucuses to secure the nomination, once the nominee is selected conservatives must put aside their differences, lick their wounds, and unify to defeat Hillary. The general election, not the primaries, is the main event. It’s the one that decides who governs this country – who appoints judges, who is responsible for the national defense, who makes decisions of war and peace. Time to remember that.