Mark Levin mocked the media late Tuesday for its staunch criticism of President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE's comments in Helsinki during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling them "psychopaths."
Fox News's Sean Hannity kicked off an interview with the conservative radio host by reiterating his belief that the 24 hours that followed Trump's Helsinki comments was the "single worst" in the history of American media before giving Levin the floor.
“What we’ve learned about the media, several of the hosts and guests, is we have a lot of psychopaths out there, that’s for sure,” Levin said.
"How do you really feel?" Hannity asked.
“Comparing the president’s conference with Putin to Pearl Harbor, 9/11, Kristallnacht — the beginning of the Holocaust —calling him a traitor and treasonous. You know, two weeks ago, they said he was running Japanese internment camps and Nazi concentration camps.
"This is the pseudo-media," he added. "And now comes Russia. Now the liberals, the media, the Democrats, some Republicans — [they're] very upset about Russia. You know, they’ve had more positions on Russia than Stormy Daniels as far as I’m concerned.”
Trump was hammered by critics, including some on the right, after questioning U.S. intelligence findings confirming Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election while appearing to take Putin, a former KGB intelligence officer, at his word that the Russia state wasn't involved.
Levin, who served as chief of staff to Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese, went on to argue that presidents going back to Roosevelt had been deferential to Russian leaders while making major concessions when meeting with them directly. He then stated that Trump would be attacked by the press regardless of any comments he made.
“If, in fact, Donald Trump had turned to Putin after a 2-hour private meeting, after setting up this summit, and all of a sudden in public turns to Putin and says, ‘Look you little bastard, we know you interfered in our election,' they would be attacking Trump today,” Levin concluded.
Trump was accused of treason by several cable news pundits including former CIA Director and MSNBC contributor John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Still in the game: Will Durham's report throw a slow curveball at key political players? UFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly MORE for seemingly siding with Putin, while many right-leaning commentators and outlets joined the left in condemning the president. The Wall Street Journal editorial board, for example, called the comments "a national embarrassment."
On Tuesday, Trump attempted to clarify his remarks, stating he did believe U.S. intelligence conclusions around Russian meddling, but added that "other people" could have been involved, too.
On Monday, Trump said: “I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be," when asked if he thought Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
Following overwhelming criticism, Trump clarified on Tuesday by stating he had meant to say, “I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.”
“It should have been obvious,” he added. “So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things."