Tuesday on his radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin discussed the so-called “Rule 40” of the Republican National Convention and how it could impact the outcome of the GOP’s presidential nominating process at the RNC in Cleveland in July.
Levin argued the rule was not specific as to when it was applied and also noted there were some questions as to how it would impact the vice-presidential nominating process. However, he touted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as being the candidate that would adhere to the rules of the convention and said following rules, despite what Cruz’s opponents, be it GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump or anyone in the so-called “Stop Trump” movement, may lobby for in terms of rule changes, was essential for the process.
He was particularly critical of those in the “Stop Trump” movement that would opt not to vote, or to vote for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, should the general election match-up be Clinton versus Trump.
“Now those people out there, those people out there who are saying ‘stop Trump,’ I can understand ‘stop Trump’ in a primary process,” Levin said. “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.”
Levin went on to say despite all of his criticisms of Trump that he would vote Trump over Clinton, who he blamed for a number of U.S. foreign policy shortcomings around the globe.
“Has anybody at a national level, perhaps there are some,” he added. “I just can’t listen to everybody been as clear in his disagreements with Donald Trump as I have, particularly when it comes to trade? Particularly when it comes to quotas? I don’t believe so, but if I’m wrong it really doesn’t matter. And yet why would somebody like me who has voiced grave concerns about some of Trump’s agenda – and by the way, antics, temperament, among other things – say, ‘Yes, I will vote for Donald Trump easily over Hillary Clinton.’ Well the answer is really quite simple. If you believe as I do or as many people have said that Hillary Clinton is a criminal in waiting.”
“If you believe Hillary Clinton is virtually as off her rocker, left-wing socialist as Bernie Sanders, if you believe that Hillary Clinton is in part responsible for the rise of ISIS and for what took care of Benghazi and what’s taking place in Libya and that [Vladimir] Putin is on the move and that China is on the move and all the rest of it, then how the hell – how the hell could you take any steps – passively or affirmatively that would put that woman in the Oval Office?” Levin continued. “How could you do it under these circumstances as bad as the Republican may be, how could you stay home and allow that? Or worse, how could you vote for that? That’s a disgrace, an absolute disgrace. So you duke it out in the Republican primary process. You duke it out Republican convention. You insist that rules are rules and the rules be followed. And you call them out if they try to change them. And you fight like hell. But you do not vote for Hillary Clinton. Or you don’t not stay home. ‘Wah, my candidate isn’t nominated,’ and let the left elect their favorite candidate. Not in this election. That’s my view.”
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