Mark Levin Rips Into Rand Paul Over Iran

Levin: Kentucky senator 'no different than' Ilhan Omar on foreign policy

July 18, 2019

Mark Levin tore into Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) on his radio show Wednesday over his foreign policy after news that Paul wanted to be President Donald Trump's emissary to Iran.

The conservative radio host responded to news that Paul had pitched Trump on being a backchannel to Iran for the administration and meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to reduce tensions. Paul had previously criticized the administration over the economic sanctions placed on Iran, saying Iranians viewed the sanctions as an act of war.

Levin said Paul was "no different than Bernie Sanders or frankly Ilhan Omar" when it comes to foreign policy, and labeled him a "Code Pink ideologue" who puts "America last."

"I just hope he doesn't get sucked into this, I really do," Levin said of Trump, "because Rand Paul is the wrong guy to be running interference to be running point. He's not dovish, he's a Code Pink ideologue."

"A lot these people who say America first, they don't believe in America first," Levin added. "They believe when it comes to foreign policy, America last."

Levin argued the isolationist Paul is too ideological to be a leader on foreign policy.

"I don't trust Rand Paul when it comes to foreign policy, because he's an ideologue," Levin said. "When it comes to foreign policy you need to have prudence. That is, you can't have an ideology, other than you want to protect America of course."

He called Paul someone who "has never seen an enemy where he hasn't blamed the American people for being the reason we have that enemy."

"Prudence means you look at every situation and you make a determination based on that situation what's in our best interest," Levin said. "So it's not 'you know, we've had enough of this,' you can't just say we've had enough of it because they may not have had enough of it. So when you think in terms like that you're no different than Bernie Sanders or frankly Ilhan Omar in terms of foreign policy. Rand Paul pretty much shares their foreign policy."

Trump denied reports that he had agreed to Paul's request, telling reporters in the Oval Office, "No, I don’t know anything about that other than I have spoken to Senator Paul, and Senator Paul is somebody I have a very good relationship with and I would listen to him, but I didn’t appoint him, no."