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Mark Levin: Trump more conservative than Bush 41 and Bush 43
Radio talk show host Mark Levin says that although not everything President Trump has done in his first 13 months in office has pleased him, Trump has been more conservative than "either of his two GOP predecessors" - former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
"Obviously, there are those areas of disagreement as well - proposed amnesty, domestic spending, and coming trade protectionism come to mind," the conservative host told The Hill. "Nonetheless, thus far President Trump has been more conservative than either of his two GOP predecessors, Bush 41 and 43."
Levin echoed the concerns of many Americans, including some conservatives, however, about the way in which Trump goes about his presidency, specifically his use of Twitter.
"I suppose I should say be careful about what you tweet," Levin said. "But the fact is he won the nomination and presidency doing what he's doing, and he's governing pretty effectively, so who am I to tell him to change himself?"
A straw poll conducted at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference showed that 40 percent of attendees wanted Trump to tweet less, while 35 percent wanted him to tweet more. Thirteen percent said his twitter conduct was "about right," while 11 percent indicated they didn't care.
A December poll by The Economist and YouGov showed that 87 percent of Democrats deemed Trump's tweets "inappropriate," while only 34 percent of Republicans said they were appropriate.
Levin, a self-described constitutional conservative, initially supported another constitutional conservative in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the Republican nominee for president two years ago, but endorsed Trump two months before the election. He said "it was never a close call" for him when considering the alternative in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"Once I endorsed him I strongly and repeatedly encouraged conservatives and Tea Party activists around the country to support him. When you read Trump's [Oct. 22, 2016] Gettysburg speech, it was largely an excellent statement of conservative principles and positions."
"Conversely, Hillary Clinton would have been a disastrous," he added. "It was never a close call for me. And, in fact, President Trump has done many things conservatives should be very pleased about - judges, deregulation, solid foreign policy, military funding, tax cuts, etc."
Levin, who earned his law degree from Temple University and served as chief of staff to Ed Meese, former President Reagan's second attorney general, said he believes Trump's judicial appointments will serve as one of his "most lasting legacies" due to nominating "constitutional originalists" to federal courts.
"I believe one of President Trump's most lasting legacies will be the manner in which he has seriously and systematically used his constitutional authority to nominate constitutional originalists to the federal courts," Levin said. "His record has been outstanding and he deserves much credit. Neil Gorsuch has been a wonderful associate justice on the Supreme Court. And the president is selecting the same kind of individuals for the appellate courts."
"It's crucial to this republic that individuals who receive lifetime judicial appointments have fidelity to the Constitution, not to their personal and progressive policy preferences."
Levin made the comments ahead of the launch of his new Fox News show, "Life, Liberty and Levin," which premieres Sunday night at 10 p.m.
Levin said his new Fox News program will feature "perhaps two guests" for the entire hour in an effort to "take the time to cover important issues thoroughly. Discussions will focus on history, philosophy, economics and "our founding principles," he added.
Levin is best known for his syndicated weekday radio program, which airs on more than 300 stations across the country and on Sirius XM, as well as the subscription-based "Levin TV" online, which launched in 2016.
The 60-year-old Philadelphia native shared that "Life, Liberty and Levin" will largely not be beholden to news events of the particular day the show is airing.
"My Fox show will mostly involve one-on-one interviews, perhaps two guests, for the entire hour," he said of what viewers should expect. "A long-form interview format with substantively compelling guests, some known, some not. The purpose is to take the time to cover important issues thoroughly, with discussions about history, philosophy, economics, our founding principles, et cetera. The show will not be driven by day-to-day news events, although that may play a part in the discussions."
The first episode will feature an interview with Walter Williams, an economist and George Mason University professor, according to a network announcement earlier this week.
In another departure from traditional cable news telecasts, the program will invariably be done from Levin TV studios with a distinctively different set than what viewers are used to, featuring a library backdrop and a large classic radio microphone on his desk. Levin adds that "from time-to-time" the show will be recorded from Fox's Washington, D.C., studios.
When asked what else will be different about his new TV show compared to the dozens of others out there in cable news, Levin responded with one word.