On his Friday night radio program, conservative talk show host Mark Levin had some harsh criticism for President Barack Obama and his remarks on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Levin, author of the forthcoming book “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” argued that Obama had made the situation about himself with those remarks and ignored other race issues.
“We’re talking about a trial that took place — nobody denies that due process occurred,” Levin said. “I have said it was a kangaroo court, but due process in the sense that the outcome — nobody denies that the outcome was the result of some kind of manipulation of the court system. The jury found Zimmerman not guilty. That’s the end of it. For the president of the United States to get behind the microphone almost a week later, almost a week later to stoke what he believes, what he hopes — I’m saying the truth — will be fires, emotional, to pile on with [Al] Sharpton, pile on with all of them, is outrageous. Out of one side of his mouth for 90 percent of his talk, he’s going on and on about this. And out of the other side of his mouth, he’s talking about, you know, ‘We made great progress.’ We haven’t made any great progress during this administration. What progress have we made under this administration? In fact we’re regressing under this administration. The black community is suffering more than it suffered under George W. Bush given the economic situation.”
Levin blamed Obama and his cabinet secretaries for divisions in the country. But what particularly drew Levin’s ire was Obama’s statement that he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago. Levin took to Facebook and took time on his radio show to criticize that claim.
“We have a president who is balkanizing the nation, as is his cabinet,” he continued. “This wasn’t about Barack Obama. This was a trial in a courtroom in Florida. And now all weekend long the question is going to be, ‘What did you think about what Obama said? It was good. It was bad.’ So suddenly it’s about Obama. Obama had been Franklin Roosevelt. He’s been Abraham Lincoln. He’s been Ronald Reagan. And now he’s been Trayvon Martin. But he’s none of them. He didn’t live like Trayvon Martin, nor is he any of those three presidents. This president could have been a great president — policies aside — by his temperament, by what he said, by his respect for the American people. This president could have been a man that could have been admired. Instead, he is what he is.”