On his radio show on Tuesday night, Mark Levin led off with a scathing attack on MSNBC host Al Sharpton, for which he ultimately said it was time for him be let go for comments he made on his radio show last week.
According to Levin, conservative commentators are held to much stricter standards than Sharpton, who Levin said manages to get away with a lot more despite a questionable track record.
“There are lines,” he continued. “And the lines for conservative talkers are much tighter, much harsher than they are for the others. Al Sharpton is a disgrace, and yet everybody is afraid of him. He’s on the radio. NBC News hires him on at MSNBC, or ‘MSLSD’ as I call it. He brings nothing to the table, nothing. He can barely speak in complete sentences. He’s a race-baiter in my opinion. You saw what he did in Florida — he was the first on the scene, if not one of the early ones, the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case and that’s certainly not the first. And yet, he’s considered that controversial. But today I’m calling for the firing of Al Sharpton.”
Levin said this was a first for him to call for a firing. But the occasion was spurred on by comments Sharpton made on his radio last week picked up by Radio Equalizer’s Brian Maloney, when Sharpton suggested Republicans wanted to wipe out African-Americans “like what was done in Hitler’s Germany.”
Listen to Sharpton accuse Republicans of ‘wip[ing] out innocent people':
“It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right. It’s not all right to do to any innocent people,” Sharpton said. “If you had war and people — that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany, or what was done to Native Americans, is not justifiable.”
Levin went on to call those remarks unacceptable and raised the question what exactly Sharpton’s role was as a commentator.
“This vile statement by Al Sharpton, which as I interpreted was accusing Republicans of genocide, is unacceptable to me under any circumstances and I think for most of you, too,” Levin said. “And if I don’t bring it up and I don’t play it, and I don’t highlight it, it’s not going to be dealt with. This guy has gotten away from the beginning of his phony civil rights career to this day with comments like this with virtually anything he wants to do or say.
“What is he?” he continued. “Is he an activist? Rabble-rouser? Radio host? TV host? Civil rights leader? What is he? He’s an a-hole. That’s what he is.”