Conservative radio host Mark Levin endorsed Ted CruzTed CruzCaitlyn Jenner to attend Trump inauguration: report Trump’s UN pick threads needle on Russia, NATO Haley slams United Nations, echoing Trump MORE for president late Wednesday as a tribute to former first lady Nancy Reagan.
“If you’re 45 years old or younger, you’ve never had the opportunity to vote for a conservative for president of the United States,” Levin continued. “You don’t know what it’s like — how invigorating it is, how exciting it is, how you become an activist even when you weren’t planning to be,” he added.
“Let me suggest if [Cruz] gets the nomination, he will get elected president of the United States. If you just think about it in your mind’s eye, there on the stage, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBill Clinton accusers snap picture at Trump gala Jimmy Carter spotted en route to DC Obama assembles his post-presidential team MORE and Ted Cruz, I think he’d wipe the floor with her.”
Levin said that his endorsement of Cruz does not mean he is opposed Cruz's Republican rivals, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNYC tabloids set to print same headline for Inauguration Day Treasury names acting secretary Robert De Niro mocks Trump's use of Twitter MORE, Marco RubioMarco RubioTillerson met with top State official: report McCain ‘very concerned’ about Tillerson Top Dem: Don’t bring Tillerson floor vote if he doesn’t pass committee MORE or John Kasich.
"My support is because I honestly believe that this is a man who understands where this country has been and where it needs to go,” Levin said. “If you’re a conservative, if you’re a constitutionalist, if you’ve been a Tea Party activist, if you’re a Reaganite or a Reagan Democrat, it really is in the end a simple decision.”
Levin defended Cruz from Trump two months ago, offering the outspoken billionaire some "friendly advice" about conducting himself as a presidential candidate.
"Either cut the crap — your accusations this morning that Cruz is a Canadian, a criminal, owned by big banks, etcetera, or you will lose lots and lots of conservatives," he said.
"Save the liberal New York bully tactics for the New York liberals. Put down your computer keyboard for a few hours, think before you tweet and collect yourself."
This report was updated at 8:18 a.m.